California is a community property state.

When california property title is conveyed from one party to another, a deed is the instrument that used for this purpose. The deed contains the names of the current owner (the grantor) and the new owner (the grantee), the legal description of the property, and is signed by the grantor.  Transfers of real property must be in writing and notarized. Deeds should be recorded in the county where the property is located. 

You will also need to decide how you are going to hold title when you are buying property. Co-buyers can take title as joint tenants with right of survivorship or tenants in common.  In California, a husband and wife may take title to property as husband and wife, as community property, since California is a community property state.

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