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September Recordings Show Increase In Refinancing, Drop In Foreclosure Activity

Our report for recording information from the month of September is now available. Over the course of September, we saw a slight drop in sales, as evidenced by the number of deeds recorded, which is typical for this time of year.  More people took advantage of historically low interests rates and refinanced, although not at the pace that these low rates should generate.

Overpriced Deeds Service Resurfaces

We recently have received copies of letters of soliciation from an out of state company based in Illinois, National Record Service, offering to provide Plymouth County residents a certified copy of their deed for $59.50, as compared to our regular cost of $1.00 per page. Although we have seen approaches like this before, in this case the company is requesting credit card information and claiming to be following the recommendation of a United States Government agency.

Registry Employees Support Our Troops

One of our Registry family members, Corporal Cory J. Lacey, the son of our Brockton Satellite Office Manager, Carolyn Lacey is again serving overseas-this time in Afghanistan. To show our appreciation to Cory and his fellow Marines, we are collecting items for a “Care Package” to send them. Please see the attached flyer for suggested items to donate. We will have bins for the items at our Plymouth, Brockton and Rockland offices.

August Recordings Show Some Encouragement

Our monthly report on real estate activity for August, 2011 is available.  The increases in sales and mortgages are encouraging.  While our overall sales volume is down 11% year-to-date, the 716 deeds recorded in August was the second highest number of deeds recorded in a month for a year.

Foreclosure Activity Behind 2010 Pace, Signs of Stability in Sales

The Register’s Report for July, our monthly newsletter about real estate activity in Plymouth County, is now available.   The July 2011 report is the first month you can compare real estate activity month to month without the artificial influence of first time home buyers tax credits. 

Joshua James is back in the news!

No, not the singer-songwriter!  Captain Joshua James–America’s most celebrated lifesaver.  The Hull Lifesaving Museum is sponsoring a series of events tomorrow, Saturday July 30, 2011, beginning at 4:00 p.m. at the Museum, located at 1117 Nantasket Avenue, Hull.  The museum is the former Point Allerton Lifesaving Station; and James was its first keeper.  The numerous lifesaving stations along Plymouth County’s Atlantic coast are part of Plymouth County’s maritime history.

Registry’s Green Committee Efforts Produce Savings In Electrical Costs

A recent evaluation of the results of our Green Committee’s Policy Goal #2  ”to reduce lighting and electrical use” in or main office in Plymouth shows measurable results.  Over the first five months of 2011, the Registry of Deeds saw a 33% reduction in kilowatt hours (KWH) of electricity.

Committee members worked together with our department heads, fellow employees and our maintenance staff to improve technology and to monitor the shut-down of equipment at the end of each day.

Red Sox manager for the “Impossible Dream” team has died

In 1967, the Boston Red Sox were rated as 100-1 longshots to win the American League pennant. They won in dramatic fashion.  Dick Williams, who managed that unforgetable winning team, died yesterday at the age of 82.

Emergency Homeowners Loan Program Now Available

The long awaited federal program to help those homeowners who are in danger of losing their homes due to unemployment, underemployment or other certain economic conditions is now available for the submission of applications. The program, called the “Emergency Homeowner’s Loan Program” (EHLP) is being administered by Neighborhood Housing Services of the South Shore. There will be three informational sessions to describe the program listed in the attached notice.

East Bridgewater Council on Aging Hosts Homestead Discussion

On Wednesday, June 15th, the East Bridgewater Council on Aging hosted a discussion of the new Homestead Act. The new Homestead Act recently passed by the legislature and signed by the governor makes many positive changes to the statute and expands coverage in several situations. (See Secretary of State Galvin’s summary on this website).

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