The Audrain County Recorder of Deeds Janis Deimeke warns new homeowners and other real estate owners to be aware of high-priced offers for copies of property deeds. The Recorders’ Association of Missouri has previously contacted the Missouri Attorney General’s office regarding these type of offers from companies.
Property owners in other areas have received a letter offering an official certified copy of their deed for a sizeable fee. These companies simply contact our office to obtain the document and then turn around and mail it to the homeowner while charging them the higher fees.
Deimeke said most property owners obtained their original property deed when their property was purchased.
In addition, they offer costs significantly more than obtaining certified property deeds directly from the Audrain County Recorder’s Office. Fees are $1 per page, plus $1 for the certification, and most property deeds are no more than one or two pages long which usually will cost less than $5.
“I am concerned about companies trying to take advantage of our citizens by not being truthful,” Deimeke said.
“If anyone receives one of these letters, I would urge them to ignore it and contact our office.”
For information or to obtain a copy of your property deed, visit the Audrain County Recorder’s Office in the Audrain County Courthouse at 101 N. Jefferson, Room 105, or call the office at 573-473-5830.