Lowell Deeds

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June 13, 2007

Real Estate Literacy

by @ 2:41 am. Filed under Registry Ops

Whenever I spend some time in our Customer Service office, I’m reminded that the average homeowner knows more about his cable TV bill than he does about the ownership of his house. That’s not said as a criticism of homeowners, it’s more of a comment on how arcane Massachusetts property law can be. This summer, we will make an effort to provide more information on our website about real estate basics. Some of the most frequent questions asked by registry customers are “How do I take someone’s name off of my deed?” or “I just paid off my mortgage; can I get my deed back now?” or “Where can I get a copy of my plot plan?” Out of state calls inevitably come from big mortgage servicers asking for property tax information. When we say, “You’ll have to get that from the assessors” they respond “Can you connect me.” You see, in most of the rest of the country, it’s the county that administers and collects the real estate tax system, so the concept that the local town hall handles that in Massachusetts is foreign to most out-of-staters. While these are all legitimate questions, the answers tend to surprise most people. Putting those answers on our website should help.

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