The Bona Fide Purchaser
You get a deed from a seller in foreclosure. Before you can record the deed, the seller gives a second deed to your competitor. The competitor records his deed at the country first. Who wins? This is an interesting issue that most investors don't seem to grasp. First, understand there are two issues here: one is ownership, the other is notice. The recording of a deed is NOT necessary to transfer ownership of real estate. The simple act of executing a deed and delivering it to the buyer passes ownership.