The latest on real estate recordings and new technology from the Middlesex North Registry of Deeds in Lowell
Back in 2003 when the state raised the registry of deeds recording fees, a $5 per document surcharge was also added. The proceeds of this fund were to be devoted to technology upgrades at the various registries of deeds. The same law that imposed the surcharge also created a Technology Advisory Committee that consisted of the Secretary of the Commonwealth, each Register of Deeds and representatives of the legal, banking, title insurance and surveying professions. That group met today in Boston to discuss electronic recording. I gave a presentation on our experience with the pilot program here in Middlesex North where we’ve recorded 2800 documents electronically during the past 18 months. My report also included recommendations, foremost of which was to move forward with electronic recording by activating the system at two additional registries by January 1. The registries in Worcester and Springfield volunteered to participate. While we are ready to proceed, there are still some very important details about electronic recording that must be resolved sooner rather than later. So we all agreed to reconvene in a type of electronic recording summit meeting after the first of the year to iron out some of the details. Please check back here this Thursday for more details about the rollout plan with links to the handout and PowerPoint presentation that I used at today’s meeting.
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