On April 12, 1861, 150 years ago today, Confederate forces opened fire on Federal troops stationed at Fort Sumter, South Carolina. This action followed a series of aggressive actions taken over the prior week by South Carolina’s state government. The decision to bomb the fort and the expected response by President Lincoln led to a long and bloody war which divided many states, communities and even individual families.
We know that we’ve really turned the corner into spring when it is Opening Day at Fenway Park and the Masters Golf Tournament is underway. Red Sox Nation is certainly on edge–facing the Yankees in the home opener with a 0-for-6 start. There is always hope, however, for the next game or next series, and we still have a long way to go in this season. It’s probably a good time to look back at some other successes to remind us of what this year should bring.
March 2011 recording figures showed an increase in the numbers of both mortgages and deeds recorded. We are slowly coming out of the winter doldrums that annually affect the housing market. While there hasn’t been a spark igniting a boost in sales like last year’s federal stimulus program for first time home buyers, our traditional seasonal response to better weather ahead looks somewhat promising.
Today, April 1st, is noteworthy for a variety of reasons.
By now, some people would have had an April Fool’s Day trick played on them. Many people in Red Sox Nation are looking forward to this afternoon’s first regular season game of the Boston Red Sox which is, lucky for them, being played in Texas.
Over this past week, we lost our longest serving registry employee to retirement. Vija Berzins of our Land Court Department retired after 52 years as an employee of the Plymouth County Registry of Deeds. Vija emigrated to the United States with her family from Latvia when she was a young girl. Two days after her graduation from high school, she began working for the registry, at our former building on Russell Street in Downtown Plymouth.
The month of January brought a significant amount of snow–school closings and delayed openings to many businesses, and to the Registry’s operations on several occasions. What was expected, however, was that real estate activity in Plymouth County entered the doldrums as shown in “The Registers Report” for January, 2011.
The monthly “Register’s Report” for December 2010 is now available. Included in this month’s report is year end data for deeds and mortgages recorded at the Plymouth Registry for 2010 as well as foreclosure deeds and notices for the year.
While there were a smaller number of foreclosure notices and foreclosure deeds recorded over the past several months than earlier this year, foreclosure concerns continue.
Effective February 3, 2011, the Registry will be strictly enforcing the Deeds Indexing Standards that went into effect January 1, 2006 with respect to recording fees required for what are defined as multifunctional documents and multiple documents. Please Click Here for the January 3, 2011 memorandum for more information.