What is the difference between the absolute deed of sale and the deed of assignment? | Finance

By: Erika Johansen | Reviewed by: Alicia Bodine, Ramsey Solutions Certified Master Financial Coach | Updated on February 19, 2019

The absolute deed of sale, which is used in most real estate purchases, transfers the property without conditions beyond the satisfaction of the purchase price. On the contrary, a deed of assignment can be used at any time when one of the parties wishes to transfer contractual rights to another. Assignment deeds are common among mortgage lenders.


The difference between a deed of sale and a deed of sale is that the deed of sale is used only once and has no conditions other than the purchase price of the property, while the deed of sale can be used at any time to transfer contractual rights of one of the parties. to another.

Deeds of absolute sale

The absolute deed of sale is used in many real estate sales. A deed is a document that establishes that one party is transferring its real property rights to another. The deed proves the transfer, but, if properly recorded with the county recorder, it serves to notify other potential buyers that all of the seller’s rights to the property have transferred to another party. An “absolute sale” deed is defined as having no conditions attached to the sale, except the payment of the purchase price by the buyer. When the seller signs and delivers the absolute deed of sale, generally the law recognizes it as the moment of sale.

Writing requirements

To be valid, an absolute deed of sale must clearly describe the property being transferred, whether by address or other distinctive information. The deed must also clearly identify the seller and buyer, the date the transfer is legally effective, and pertinent information such as the purchase price. In modern real estate transactions, the parties often try to get all of this information into writing through a supplemental real estate sales contract. However, the deed must refer to the information contained in the contract.

Understanding the assignment

The assignment is slightly different than a direct transfer. An assignment occurs when two parties are in a contractual relationship and one of the parties wants to assign all its contractual rights to a third party and withdraw from the contract entirely. The new party, known as the “transferee”, effectively replaces the old contracting party, assuming not only its rights under the contract, but also its obligations. Generally, unless the original contract states otherwise, both parties to the original contract must approve an assignment before it can take place.

Assignment deed

The deed of assignment is the document that is used to transfer the rights of the contractor. The parties may also choose to make the assignment by means of an assignment contract. In the real estate sector, the deed of assignment usually appears in mortgage transactions. Mortgage lenders have certain rights to the property, in particular the right to foreclose if the borrower fails to make payments. Lenders often want to sell or buy rights to a mortgaged property. The deed of assignment transfers or “assigns” the seller’s rights to the property to another lender.

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