We are in a a race notice State. This means the first person without notice of any competing claim to record their interest is the owner. Seek some legal guidance.
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An unrecorded deed is effective as to the parties, but not as to the public. The purpose of recordation is public notice of ownership. If the deed is recorded now, but there was a different deed recorded between the signing and recordation of this deed, this deed will be of no effect.
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A deed of any kind must be signed before a notary and two witnesses. The execution of the deed, however, does not transfer title; the deed must be delivered to the buyer by the seller. As one of the other lawyers pointed out, if a properly executed deed is delivered but not recorded, it is good between the parties but is not notice to other people. Florida is NOT a race state for recording but is a notice state. While this distinction probably does not impact your case, you should record the deed as soon as possible for your protection. If you are unsure of your rights, you should consult an experienced real estate lawyer in your area.
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A deed is valid when it has been properly executed by the grantor, delivered to the grantee, and accepted by the grantee. If you never record the deed, it is still valid. The caveat is that by not recording, you leave open a window of opportunity for someone to record a competing deed - which, if they received it without having notice of your prior claim to the property, will mean that you might be out of luck. If you have such a deed, get it recorded at the clerk's office. It won't cost more than a few bucks to do so and puts the world on notice of your ownership interest.
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