Greene County Recorder of Deeds Cheryl Dawson-Spaulding warns new homeowners and other real estate owners to be aware of high-priced offers for copies of property deeds.
Private companies are soliciting homeowners to purchase copies of their property deeds for very high fees, sometimes up to $87 or more. While this is not illegal, it’s much higher than the Recorder’s fee of $1 per page for copies. Most property deeds are no longer than two pages.
“Every few years we see a resurgence in companies trying to charge people an exorbitant amount for copies of county records,” Dawson-Spaulding said. “It’s not illegal; it’s just ridiculous.”
In addition, Dawson-Spaulding said most homeowners already have their original property deed in their possession. She said the company appears to be targeting new homeowners.
The company’s offer includes a property profile, containing much of the same information available for free from the Greene County Assessor.
To access the Greene County Assessor’s property records, visit www.greenecountymo.gov/
To obtain a copy of your property deed, contact the Greene County Recorder’s Office at 417-868-4068 or visit the office at the Greene County Historic Courthouse, Room 100.