The latest on real estate recordings and new technology from the Middlesex North Registry of Deeds in Lowell
Assistant Register of Deeds Tony Accardi and I spent this morning at the Lowell Senior Center conducting a homestead seminar. We’ve done this many times and have a set procedure. First, I explain how the Declaration of Homestead operates and then answer questions. Those in attendance then have the opportunity to complete homestead forms on the spot with us notarizing their signatures. They give us the filing fee and the completed form which we bring back to the registry and record. Every time we do this someone says “I’ve been meaning to do this for years but I never got around to it” which is evidence that our services our useful to people. Because of the many ambiguities surrounding homestead law, the question period is always a challenge. I used to wonder if someone would ask “do I need a new homestead if I refinance?” but now I just wonder who in the crowd will be the one to ask that question because it always gets asked. In addition to homestead questions, it’s apparent that many people have great interest in real estate matters and find it a interesting topic for discussion. If anyone would like to organize a homestead seminar, they can send me an email or call me at 978/322-9000.
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