Lowell Deeds

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February 15, 2007

National Deed Service Inc

by @ 10:41 am. Filed under Real Estate

In the past few days we’ve received calls from several new home buyers who just received a letter from a company called National Deed Service Inc of Washington, D.C. After citing (accurately) a U.S. Government publication that recommends that every homeowner possess an original or certified copy of the deed to his home, this company offers to get one for you for just $59.50. Our first reaction to this was negative since we provide homeowners who come here to the registry with a free copy of their deed and anyone can obtain a certified copy of a deed by mail just by sending us $5 plus a self-addressed, stamped envelope. But someone finally provided us with a copy of the letter from National Deed and it seems a bit more reasonable. For example, prominently displayed in caps is this: “Many government records are available free or at a nominal cost from government agencies.” And on the FAQ section of their website is something that says you don’t need National Deed to get a copy of your deed just like you don’t need an accountant to do your taxes for you. If you want to spent the time to figure out how to do it yourself, you can save some money. But if you just want it done and are willing to pay for that service, then they’re offering to do it for you. I don’t see anything wrong with that, although I would be curious to know how many people take advantage of their service. Maybe our initial negative reaction was caused more by resentment of not having thought of this first.

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