Posted by Ed Copp (OH) on February 17, 2001 at 14:54:23:
Get it now, sign it now, and record it now if you want to be the owner now. You will then own the property complete with the liabilities like back payments, occupants, and so on.
If you were to have the deed signed by the buyer now but not dated the Notary could not Notarize the deed with a blank space for the date (not legally anyway). This would be improper, and might allow a challenge to your ownership later.