Grantor vs. Grantee


When it comes to buying or selling property, understanding terminology is crucial. 

One pair of terms that often appears in real estate transactions is “grantor” and “grantee.” These terms refer to the parties involved in the sale or lease of a property. 

Familiarizing yourself with the meanings of these terms will help you navigate the transaction process and communicate effectively with real estate professionals.

Key Takeaways:

  • Grantor: the party selling or conveying an asset, such as a piece of property.
  • Grantee: the party acquiring the asset, such as a buyer or tenant.
  • Grantors and grantees are connected through legal contracts known as deeds, which define the terms of the transfer.

How it Works:

In a real estate context, the grantor is the person or entity selling or leasing a property, while the grantee is the individual or entity purchasing or renting the property. 

The relationship between grantor and grantee is governed by a deed, which outlines the specific terms of the transfer.

Key Components:

There are several types of deeds that outline the relationship between grantors and grantees:

  • Warranty Deed: A general warranty deed provides the most comprehensive protections to the grantee. It ensures that there are no issues with the property’s title or its condition. The grantor is obligated to cover legal costs in case of any disputes, even for claims that arose before their ownership.
  • Special Warranty Deed: Similar to a general warranty deed, a special warranty deed offers limited protections to the grantee. The grantor guarantees that the property has no encumbrances and must transfer ownership free of any outstanding mortgages. However, these protections only apply to the period when the grantor owned the property.
  • Grant Deed: Also known as a limited warranty deed, a grant deed is similar to a special warranty deed. It guarantees that the grantor holds a clear title to the property but doesn’t protect the grantee against claims from previous owners.
  • Quitclaim Deed: A quitclaim deed transfers ownership of the property but doesn’t guarantee the grantor’s title or clear title. It is often used in transfers between family members or trusts, where additional protections may not be necessary.
  • Deed in Lieu of Foreclosure: This agreement allows a grantee to voluntarily transfer ownership of a property to the mortgage lender, avoiding foreclosure and releasing the grantee from mortgage debt.
  • Special Purpose Deed: This type of deed is used when the person signing the deed is acting on someone else’s behalf, such as an estate executor or power of attorney.
  • Interspousal Deed: An interspousal transfer deed is used to transfer ownership of a property between spouses, often during divorce proceedings, allowing one party to assume sole ownership or sell the property.


  • Ownership Transfer: Grantors and grantees can rely on deeds to facilitate the legal transfer of property ownership.
  • Protection: Certain types of deeds, such as the general warranty deed, offer extensive protections to both parties, ensuring that the property title is clear and that any issues are addressed.
  • Liability Coverage: Grantees may choose to obtain title insurance to provide additional protection against any potential liabilities.


Understanding the roles and responsibilities of grantors and grantees is crucial when engaging in property transactions. 

By familiarizing yourself with the different types of deeds and the protections they offer, you can navigate the transfer process with confidence. 

While deeds provide important safeguards, additional measures like title insurance may offer further peace of mind during the property-buying process.

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