O’Donnell gave an overview of the Registry of Deeds which is the principal office for real property records in Norfolk County cataloging and housing more than 5 million land documents dating back to 1793.
In addition, O’Donnell spent time warning seniors about deed and homestead scams that are being perpetrated against citizens of Norfolk County, both young and old. “Right now there are marketing scams ongoing,” noted the Register, “where Norfolk County residents continue to receive direct-mail solicitations offering them a certified copy of their property deed for an exorbitant fee ranging from $59.50 to $83.00. Some of these mailings look like a bill. Don’t fall victim to it. If a consumer knew that the Registry would provide them a certified copy of a property deed for only $1.00 per page, plus an additional $1.00 for postage, they would never agree to pay such an outrageous fee. The average price for a mailed homeowner’s deed by the Registry, usually two pages, is $3.00.”
O’Donnell also spent time discussing the advantages of the Massachusetts Homestead Act. “The Homestead Act is an important tool for homeowners as it provides limited protection against the forced sale of an individual’s primary residence to satisfy unsecured debt up to $500,000,” stated O’Donnell.
Concluding his remarks, O’Donnell expressed his appreciation for being invited to speak before the Council on Aging. “I want thank those who attended. It was a great give and take session filled with excellent questions. There was a lot discussed, and I believe the information we went over will be of benefit to the audience. Additionally, I want to thank Janet Angelico, Director of the Wrentham Council on Aging and Fran Padula, Outreach Worker who both do an outstanding job serving the elderly community of Wrentham.”
The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds, located at 649 High Street, Dedham is the principal office for real property in Norfolk County. The Registry is a resource for homeowners, title examiners, mortgage lenders, municipalities and others with a need for secure, accurate, accessible land record information. Residents in need of assistance can consult the Registry’s website www.norfolkdeeds.org or contact our Customer Service Center via telephone at (781) 461-6101.