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  1. All of the following are essential to a deed except:

a.   Names of the grantor and grantee.

b.   Habendum clause.

c.   Informal property description.

d.   Consideration.










  1. John and Ron are joint tenants on a property.  If Ron dies, how would John own the property?

a.   In severalty.

b.   As a sole joint tenant.

c.   As a tenant in common.

d.   As an owner in survivorship.










  1. Barney is buying a property from Andy and wants to insure that Andy has not done anything to jeopardize the title to the property.  Barney should require Andy to sign a:

a.   Bargain and sale deed.

b.   General warranty deed.

c.   Quitclaim deed.

d.   Special warranty deed.










  1. All of the following are types of formal property descriptions except:

a.   Government rectangular survey.

b.   Metes and bounds.

c.   Street address.

d.   Lot, block and subdivision.










  1. Alison, Mallory and Valerie are tenants in common one property.  Which of the following is true?

a.   If Alison sells her share to Mallory, Mallory must have a majority interest in the property.

b.   Alison could not sell her share to Mallory without Valerie’s permission.

c.   If Mallory dies, her share would be divided between Alison and Valerie.

d.   As tenants in common, they would all have an equal right to possess the property.










  1. George, John, Thomas and James are joint tenants on a property.  John sells his share to Abigail, and then George gets married to Martha.  If George dies, who would own the property?

a.   Abigail, Thomas, James and Martha would each own 25%.

b.   Thomas and James would own 37.5% each, and Abigail would own 25%.

c.   Abigail, Thomas and James would each own 33.33%.

d.   Abigail would own 25%, Thomas and James would each own 33.33%, and Martha would own 8.33%.










  1. Fred and Ethel buy a property together, and then get married.  If the deed does not specify the form of ownership, they would be:

a.   Tenants in common.

b.   Joint tenants.

c.   Tenants by the entireties.

d.   Tenants in severalty.










  1. Fred, Wilma and Barney are joint tenants on a property.  Barney has a will leaving all his property to Betty.  If Barney dies, how will the property be owned?

a.   Fred and Wilma would be tenants by the entireties.

b.   Fred and Wilma would be joint tenants.

c.   Fred, Wilma and Betty would be joint tenants.

d.   Fred and Wilma would be joint tenants, and Betty would be a tenant in common.










  1. Vincent puts up a fence around his property, which also extends ten feet over his property line, fencing off a portion of his neighbor Pablo’s property.  After 10 years, Vincent sells his property to Claude, and 10 years after that, Claude sells the property back to Vincent, who owns it for 10 more years.  Pablo never discusses this matter with anyone.  Which of the following is probably true?

a.   Vincent could get ownership of the fenced-off area through adverse possession.

b.   Vincent could not get ownership of the area, except in states where the required period of occupation is less than 10 years, because his occupation was not continuous.

c.   Vincent could not get ownership of the property unless Pablo gave him permission to put up the fence first.

d.   Vincent could never get ownership of the fenced-off area.










  1. All of the following are incorrect regarding tenancy in common except:

a.   All the owners would have an equal interest.

b.   One owner could only sell their share with permission of the other owners, or through a partition suit.

c.   If three people buy a property together, and the deed does not say otherwise, it will be assumed that they are tenants in common.

d.   If one tenant in common dies, their share would be divided evenly between the surviving owners.











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