Not totally bad… - Posted by Bill Bronchick
Posted by Bill Bronchick on October 16, 2003 at 08:07:19:
A deed signed without an acknowledgement is not necessarily void… it just may not be recordable.
I would try to record it anyway. People always slip unacknowledged instruments past the clerk in my state.
Maybe you could sign on the bottom, “received this __ day of ___, 2003” and have YOUR signature acknowledged. This is basically meaningless, but the notary stamp may fool the clerk and you will get on record. Then, when the seller goes to closing, the title company will find the deed and say, “hey we’ve got a problem Mr. Seller.” At that point, you can make him pay you cash to release your position. This is what is known as “legal extortion” - he promised to sell you a house and now he’s renegged. Rather than sue, simply put him in a position that he has to deal with you or lose a potential buyer.