General Warranty Deed Law and Legal Definition

A general warranty deed is a type of deed where the grantor or the seller guarantees that s/he holds clear title to a piece of real estate and has a right to sell it. The guarantee is not limited to the time the grantor owned the property. It extends back to the property's origins.

A general warranty deed includes warranties or covenants that the seller conveys with the title. Thus, it provides the greatest conveyance and protection to the grantee. State laws differ in how the general warranty deed is created. However, there are specific words that make a deed a general warranty deed. Most of these warranties cover the warranty of good title. A general warranty deed includes six traditional forms of Covenants for Title. Those six traditional forms of covenants can be broken down into two categories such as present covenants and future covenants. A real estate buyer is best protected by a general warranty deed.