If two people own a home do both parties need to sign a quit claim deed?

A: No both owners do not have to sign a quit claim deed. A quit claim deed is the lowest form of deed in that it says the grantor (seller) is giving whatever title he has to the grantee (buyer). In this situation two owners (Owner 1 and Owner 2) where Owner 1 wants to sell and Owner 2 does not, Owner 1 had to file a partition action to ask the court to order that the whole property be sold. If Owner 1 signs a quit claim deed selling his ½ of the property to a third party (Buyer 1) then Buyer 1 is just stepping into the shoes of Seller 1 and he will have to keep the Partition action going against Owner 2 if he hopes to force a sale. So unless Owner 2 agrees to buy out (or be bought out) of the property Owner 1 is stuck unless the partition action is successful. Anyone who takes a quit claim deed from Owner 1 is only getting whatever rights and/or title that Owner 1 had so Buyer 1 will still have the same issue with Owner 2 that Owner 1 had.

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