Register of Deeds Michael Mazemke is warning residents to beware of official-looking documents that offer a costly service that his office provides for a fraction of the price.
Residents who have recently purchased property are being targeted by third-party solicitations, Mazemke said.
“If you have purchased property you are fully aware of the costs as in most instances a closing statement is prepared, checks prepared and agents for both the seller and buyer aid with the completion of transaction,” Mazemke said.
From there the deed is recorded at the county register of deeds office and made public record.
“Whether your purchase happened yesterday or 20 years ago, copies of recorded instrument can be obtained from the register of deeds office at the statutory fee of $2 for the first page and $1 for each additional page. Seldom do deeds have more than two pages,” Mazemke said. “The local office is more than happy to assist in retrieving the last deed of record.”
Public access terminals are available to research additional information regarding the property. Furthermore, a title company has usually searched the property so the seller can convey title.
Mazemke said he has been contacted by several area property owners regarding an official-looking document that they received in the mail.
The document listed the particulars regarding the property address, recording date, buyer’s name and portions were printed in blue ink to resemble forms from the state of Wisconsin.
The documents indicate that a buyer, in order to receive a copy of their deed and a complete property profile, should send a processing fee of more than $80.
Mazemke also noted that the solicitation sets a deadline in order to spur a quick decision. If the deadline is not met, an additional $35 fee will be added.
“The company does offer a valid service with a fee and does make the public aware if you read far enough into the document that this service has not been approved or endorsed by any government agency,” Mazemke said.
However, he stresses that the same information is available for a tiny fraction of the cost at the county courthouse.
For more information, contact the Waupaca County register of deeds office at 715-258-6250.