NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

October 8, 2012

Warning issued about offers on deed copies

By Angeljean Chiaramida STAFF WRITER
Newburyport Daily News

---- — BRENTWOOD, N.H. — Recent home and property buyers may be receiving offers in the mail that could cost them much more money than they need to spend to get official documents.

Cathy Stacey of the Rockingham County Registry of Deeds said she’s received several reports from local residents and businesses who have gotten official-looking offers in the mail from companies offering to provide certified copies of their deeds for $86, about 860 percent more than they need to spend to get the same documents.

“What people need to know is if they need copies of their deeds, they can get one for $1 at the registry,” Stacey said. “And they can get it certified for another $1. While these businesses are free to charge whatever they want for their services, it’s important that the consumers have information available to them to put the decision to get copies of documents in perspective.”

Stacey said the first information she received from residents in Rockingham County was that the mailings were very official-looking and came from a company with a post office box in Concord, N.H.

“But companies have contacted residents with addresses that have post office boxes in Washington, D.C., and California,” Stacey said. “I learned about this from people who received several of these mailings. They’re mostly being sent to people who have recently purchased property.”

Stacey said there’s nothing that requires property owners to buy additional deeds, and that customarily copies of deeds are provided after papers are passed, properly processed and recorded.

For more information, contact the Rockingham County Registry of Deeds at 603-642-5526.