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Registry Offices Closed on Veterans’ Day

The three Registry of Deeds offices, Plymouth, Brockton and Rockland, will be closed on Monday, November 11, 2013, in observance of Veterans’ Day.

The recording counters will re-open on Tuesday, November 12 at 8:30 a.m.

We are grateful for our military men and women and thank all Veterans for their service to our county.

Sales Continue To Improve As Mortgages Slow In October

Over the month of October, we continued to see a steady increase in the number of property sales recorded at the Plymouth County Registry of Deeds.  The 817 deeds recorded in October brought our year to date total to 7,232 sales as compared to 6,791 sales last year at this time, a 7% increase.

Our October Register’s report clearly shows the continuing decline of mortgage refinancing as a segment of our real estate market, despite what are traditionally very low fixed rates. Our year to date mortgage volume is down 9%.

Important On-line Project Completed

We recently completed a very important project at the Plymouth County Registry of Deeds that was many years in the making with the participation of our many current and former employees.

On-line indexes are now available for Recorded Land back to the founding of Plymouth County (1685) and the implementation of Registered Land (1889).

While many other projects remain to be completed, these achievements are very significant. Our goal is to have all our resources available on our web-site.

Sales Stable, Mortgages and Foreclosures Lower For September

The 694 deeds recorded in September brought the number of deeds recorded year-to-date for 2013 to 6,435– a 5% increase over last year at this time, a pace that is likely to continue through the end of the year. That translates into over $2.129 billion dollars in total sales value through September, 2013, a 12% increase over last year.

August Sales Remain Strong While Mortgages Begin to Slow

Our August Register’s Report is now available and although the 954 sales recorded at our office in August did not reach the 1000 sales level recorded in July, that level of sales activity is a positive sign for the Plymouth County real estate market. We have seen a 4% increase in sales volume through the month of August amounting to $1.899 Billion in total sales value–a 12% increase over las year at this time.

July Sales Volume And Refinance Activity Remain Strong

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.

Registry Conducts Training Program For Investor Group

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.

Plymouth County sees a strong market in first half of 2013

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.

Plymouth County Real Estate Maintains Strength in May

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.

Carver Historical Commission Open House A Success

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.

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