Does a deed have to be recorded?

Although there is no time limit on recording a deed, a deed should be recorded as promptly after the transaction as possible. Failure to record a deed could render transfer or mortgaging of the property impossible and create numerous legal difficulties. However, an unrecorded deed is still valid.

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1. What is a deed?
2. Does a deed have to be recorded?
3. What if I lose my deed?
4. How do I find the deed to my property?
5. May I make my own deed?