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Activity On Rise In March Recordings

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.

Brockton Fair Housing Event A Success

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.

Sales Slow in February, Foreclosures Drop Significantly

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.

Grantor/Grantee Indexes Expanded Back To 1915

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.

Paper Recycling Gets Big Boost at Registry in 2012

Paper recycling was initiated at the Registry of Deeds in 2009. Brought forward by the Registry’s Green Building Committee, our volume continues to steadily increase. Enhanced by the Committee’s innovative ideas, such as Holiday Season Clean-out days, Earth Day themed Spring Cleaning days, and other promotions, the paper from the Registry’s three locations, the Plymouth County Commissioner’s and Treasurer’s offices, as well as paper brought in by our employees take a lot of material out of the refuse stream.

Strong Recovery for Plymouth County Real Estate in 2012

Plymouth County real estate, as measured by the filing of real estate documents in 2012, saw continuing improvement. The Plymouth County Registry of Deeds saw more douments recorded than in any year since 2006.

The number of sales were up 15% over 2011 activity. Even more impressive were the number of mortgages recorded in 2012. There were 28,507 mortgages recorded in 2012 as compared to  21,571 in 2011, a 32% increase. Historically low interest rates are expected to continue well into 2013.

The foreclosure crisis is continuing although at a slower pace.

Plymouth County Real Estate Market Closing Strong

With one month to go in 2012, the Plymouth County real estate market is coming to a strong close. Sales are up 16% and recorded mortgages are up 34% through the end of November, 2012 begin with what was termed by many an “early spring market” and in comparison with 2011 has been stronger each month than last year. We have recorded 128,619 recorded land and land court instruments though November 30th. In all of 2011, we recorded 119,394 instruments.

Free Seminar–How to Navigate the Plymouth County Registry of Deeds

Join us for a hands-on training seminar on how to use our online search to it’s maximum potential, tomorrow, Tuesday, October 23rd, beginning at 4:30 p.m.  Please call Lorna Green-Baker at 508-830-9290 to register. As our online indexes continue to go back in time (soon to be back to 1915)  an understanding of our available online resources and how to access them becomes increasingly important. Don’t miss this free opportunity!  Click here for more information.

Online Indexes Continue to Expand

In an effort to continue providing expanded access for online research, both our Grantor and Grantee Indexes are now available back to 1925.  While a Massachusetts title examination typically requires a fifty year search, our online index search now extends over seventy five years.

First Half 2012 Brings Positive Results in Plymouth County Real Estate

June recordings continued a strong six-month stretch for recordings of both deeds and mortgages at the Plymouth County Registry of Deeds. The 847 deeds recorded in June were the highest number of sales in two years. Mortgage recordings were also up significantly in the first half of 2012.

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