For the first time in 23 years, Hampshire County voters will be electing their next Register of Deeds. Whenever a real estate transaction occurs, the deed is recorded at a Registry of Deeds.
There are four candidates for the $90,000 per year job. The Valley Advocate recently published a good overview of the candidates that is worth a look.
When a home buyer meets with their attorney to sign their closing documents, they don’t officially own their new home until those documents are recorded at the Registry.
I regularly visit the Registry of Deeds’ website to research properties as part of my duties as a Buyer’s Agent or a Seller’s Agent. I can find out if there are any liens on a property, if a mortgage has been paid, or if there are any easements on a particular property. It is a great resource.
Why is the Register of Deeds election important? Given the shift to electronic recording and reports of fraudulent foreclosures, there will be new challenges for the Register of Deeds in the 21st century. The next Register of Deeds should be equipped to handle these challenges so it is a good idea to be informed about the different candidates.
If you are looking to buy or sell a home in Hampshire County or elsewhere in the commonwealth, make your first call to Michael Seward at 413-531-7129.