If we bought a home and signed all papers but the title has not yet been recorded, who legally owns the home at this point?

UPDATED: Feb 11, 2012

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If we bought a home and signed all papers but the title has not yet been recorded, who legally owns the home at this point?

We just bought a home. All papers were signed 2 days ago and we were told we would receive the keys when the title was recorded. The title did not record on our closing date and we were informed it should record in 2 days My husband is disabled and we only have help to move this weekend. So who legally owns the home at this point in time and do we have the right to go ahead and move in? We have not been given the keys?

Asked on February 11, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Nevada


FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Under the laws of all states in this country, legal title transfers only upon the recording of a document (grant deed in your case). Even though documents have been signed concerning the home you bought, until legal title is transferred into your name when the grant deed is recorded in the county recorder's office, the seller of the home owns it.

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