As we entered the second half of 2013, which is our first month in Fiscal Year 2014, we have seen a real estate market continuing to improve. More than1000 properties sold in a single month for the first time since 2006. More importantly, this upswing in our activity has been sustained over many months.
Last week, we brought a detailed discussion of the operations of the Plymouth County Registry of Deeds to the Rockland Holiday Inn for a meeting of the Eastern Massachusetts Real Estate Investors Association (EMREIA). Invited by EMREIA’s Director of Operations John Ingram, we provided information on our operations and held a discussion on the many different ways and locations the public can access our resources.
June 30th marked the end of Fiscal Year 2013 and the end of the first half of calendar year 2013 with many positive results in Plymouth County real estate. While the number of sales were slightly less than in 2012 for the first half of 2013, all other document filings showed a real estate market continuing to get stronger.
Real estate activity in Plymouth County has remained relatively strong through the month of May. Our recent Register’s Report show 806 sales recorded in May. It was the highest number of deeds recorded since last year at this time. An inventory shortage of properties for sale continues to be noted by realtors and buyers in the Plymouth County marketplace as it is elsewhere in Massachusetts.
On Thursday, May 23rd, the Registry hosted the Town of Carver Historical Commission for the Opening Ceremony of an “Exhibit of Carver Historical Artifacts” from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The well attended event brought Carver town officials, Historical Commission members and members of the public together to see historical artifacts displayed in our “Settlements of Plymouth County” display case and many new additions to our Plymouth County Registry of Deeds Notable Land Record Collection.
Our Register’s Monthly Report on real estate activity in Plymouth County during the month of April shows several positive signs as we enter a key period for marketing and selling real estate. Despite an extremely low inventory of available properties to list and sell, our office recorded 595 sales during the month of April.
With our recording numbers in for the first quarter, real estate activity in Plymouth County has seen different results on a monthly basis. While our recording results for February didn’t keep pace with what we saw thoughout 2012, March 2013 activity gets us back to a more positive trend. The 586 deeds recorded in March were the highest so far in 2013, and the 2167 mortgages recorded is 7% higher than last year at the turn of the first quarter.
Over this past weekend, the City of Brockton conducted an event at Westgate Mall to promote the goal of providing equal access and opportunities for all, in housing. The Plymouth County Registry of Deeds joined the City of Brockton and Mayor Linda Balzotti, the Brockton Redevelopment Authority, the Brockton Housing Authority, Father Bill’s and Mainspring, Self-Help, Mass Housing, Neighborhood Housing Services, Boston Community Capital and the Brockton Housing Partnership as sponsors for this event.
February brought a lot of snow and bad weather to Plymouth County. It also brought mixed results in our real estate market. For the first time in a long time, a lower number of sales were recorded as compared to the corresponding month in the previous year. There were 406 deeds recorded in February, 2013–24% lower than the 531 deeds recorded in February, 2012.
The ability to search land records through our indexes has been expanded once again. The scanned version of our original index books now goes back to 1915 for both Grantor and Grantee indexing.
Whether you are in our main office in Plymouth, one of our satellite offices in Brockton or Rockland, at work or at home, you are now able to search 97 years of our recorded land documents. Our goal is to bring this version of document search back to 1685, the founding date of Plymouth County.