Last week, I received an official-looking letter in the US mail.
Someone was kindly offering to provide me with a copy of my condominium’s unit deed.
For the very low price of $59.95.
Um, yeah. Except I could get a copy of it (albeit, non-certified) free, online, at the Suffolk Deeds website.
Turns out, I’m not the only one who gets this type of junk mail:
New home buyers have been receiving an official-looking letter in the mail telling them that it is important to have a certified copy of their property deed. Consumer Reports warns that the companies selling these services use high-pressure sales tactics and charge as much as $100.
Chances are the buyers will get a copy of their deed at closing, but if they don’t, all they have to do is contact their county clerk or registrar’s office. The charge for a copy is less than $10. In some places, they can look at and print a non-certified copy of their deed from the Internet for free.
I looked into what it cost to get a certified copy of the deed, and it ain’t cheap – $125!
Why you’d even need one is the real question.
Source: No Need to Pay Big Bucks for Copy of Deed – By Marshall Loeb, MarketWatch.com, by way of Realtor.org