Recorder of Deeds warns against high-fee offer for property deeds

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - New homeowners and other real estate owners should be aware that they don't need to pay a high price for copies of property deeds.

A company is soliciting homeowners to buy copies of their property deeds for 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. In addition, most homeowners already have their original property deed.

Every few years, some company starts a campaign to try to charge people an exorbitant amount for copies of county records. It’s not illegal but is is ridiculous.

A company operating now appears to target 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/assessor and click “Name Search,” or visit the office at Greene County Historic Courthouse, 940 Boonville Ave., Room 39, Springfield.

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.