The latest on real estate recordings and new technology from the Middlesex North Registry of Deeds in Lowell
Assistant Register Tony Accardi and I travelled to the Worcester North Registry of Deeds in Fitchburg today for a retirement reception for John McLaughlin who has served as register of deeds for that district since 1989. While that registry is somewhat smaller than Middlesex North in terms of volume of documents and number of employees, the Fitchburg Registry seems to have more physical space. One of the reasons for that perception, at least, is that the registry now is located in rented space within a refurbished factory building in the middle of downtown Fitchburg. The state has adopted a model whereby registries of deeds are moving out of courthouses and into leased space. Fitchburg was the first to make such a move, Lawrence (Essex North) did the same thing last fall, and Salem (Essex South) and Worcester will do the same this year. Another item of interest in Fitchburg was the Worcester South Satellite Recording Office. While this is, in many respects, similar to the Middlesex South Satellite Office that operates in Lowell, at the Worcester Satellite Office, newly recorded documents are immediately scanned and then handed back to the customer, never to be held by the registry for more than the time it takes to record and scan. This is a direction we are heading in Lowell, so it was great to be able to chat with registry workers who are already operating in this manner. Congratulations to John McLaughlin and thanks for your many years of service.
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