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Recording a Deed


    Any Deed (that is, the document evidencing the transfer of real property) is required to be recorded in the County Auditor's Office of the county in which the real property is located.  All sales and other transfers of property (both personal and real) in Washington are also subject to the Washington State Excise Tax, generally, a tax based on what the buyer paid for the property.  Sales or transfers of real property by the Personal Representative of a probate estate are subject to the Excise Tax, and a Real Estate Excise Tax Affidavit is required to by submitted to the County Auditor's Office together with a Deed evidencing the transfer of the property.  Fortunately, although such a transfer is subject to the Excise Tax and a Real Estate Excise Tax Affidavit is required to be submitted, Washington law provides that the transfer of real property from a probate estate to an heir or beneficiary is exempt from excise taxation; the Affidavit, however, is still required to be filed and a fee for its processing is required to be paid.


    Therefore, to transfer real property or a mobile home from a probate estate to an heir or beneficiary, the following items are required to be submitted to the pertinent County Auditor's Office:

    Regarding the Affidavit:


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