Douglas, GA asked in Real Estate Law for Georgia

Q: Can the county sell property without a deed?

I purchased land in an auction by county and I'm now being told there is no deed. I can only get a cloud on a quit claim deed.

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James Clifton
James Clifton
  • Fayetteville, GA
  • Licensed in Georgia

A: In Georgia when you purchase property at a county tax sale, you receive no warranty of title. The county transfers the property with a quitclaim deed or tax sale deed. You then have to go through the process of quieting title to have marketable title to sell to another person in a standard real estate transaction. A quiet title lawsuit costs between $10,000 and $30,000 to complete, sometimes more if there are many parties arguing about the title. If you need help with a quiet title lawsuit, please feel free to reach out.

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