Continuing his efforts of bringing the Registry of Deeds directly to the citizens of Norfolk County, Register of Deeds William P. O’Donnell recently appeared as guest speaker before the Braintree American Association of Retired Persons.
O’Donnell gave an overview of the Registry of Deeds, which is the principal office for real property records in Norfolk County cataloguing and housing more than 8.5 million land documents dating back to 1793.
O’Donnell spent time warning seniors about deed and homestead scams that are being perpetrated against citizens of Norfolk County.
“Right now there are marketing scams ongoing, where Norfolk County residents continue to receive direct-mail solicitations offering them a certified copy of their property deed for an exorbitant fee ranging from $59.50 to $86,” O’Donnell said. “Some of these mailings look like a bill. Don’t fall victim to it. If a consumer knew that the registry would provide them a certified copy of a property deed for only $1 per page, plus an additional $1 for postage, they would never agree to pay such an outrageous fee. The average price for a mailed homeowner’s deed by the registry, usually two pages, is $3.”
“In the case of a homestead, unscrupulous parties are offering to provide local residents a copy of a form for a fee of $15,” O’Donnell said. “These homestead forms are available free of charge by accessing our website at http://norfolkdeeds.org.”
O’Donnell also spent time discussing the advantages of the Massachusetts Homestead Act.
“The act is an important tool for homeowners as it provides limited protection against the forced sale of an individual’s primary residence to satisfy unsecured debt up to $500,000,” O’Donnell said.
Concluding his remarks, O’Donnell expressed his appreciation for being allowed to speak before the Braintree AARP.
“I want to thank Mayor Sullivan, Richard Leccese, president of Braintree AARP, Chapter 4202, Sharmila Biswas, director of Braintree Elder Affairs, and all those who work for and advocate on behalf of the elderly community of Braintree,” O’Donnell said.
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The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds is located at 649 High St., Dedham. The registry is a resource for homeowners, title examiners, mortgage lenders, municipalities and others with a need for secure, accurate, accessible land record information. All land record research information can be found on the registry’s website www.norfolkdeeds.org.
Residents in need of assistance can contact the Registry of Deeds Customer Service Center via telephone at 781-461-6101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.