Don't Fall For Deceptive Deed Company

The Bucks County Office of Consumer Protection advises a Newtown resident with a question about a 'deed processing' solicitation.

Question: I received a "Deed Processing Notice" in the mail from a company called Secured Document Services in Washington, DC.

The notice was directing me to send them a fee of $85 by a certain date in order to obtain a copy of the deed to my home. It also informed me of an additional service fee of $35 for payment made after the due date.

After going through my files, I realized that I don’t seem to have a copy of my deed but probably should for my records. What do you think?

J.Y. Newtown

Answer: The notice that you are referring to is from a company that charges you a fee for a service that you can do yourself for much less. While it is not illegal, some might say that it is deceptive.

Please disregard the notice and throw it away.

Although there will not likely be an occasion that you would need to show a copy of the deed to your home, your deed is on file at the Bucks County Recorder of Deeds Office in Doylestown.

The responsibility of the Recorder of Deeds Office is to record and maintain for permanent record all documents related to real estate (deed, mortgages, subdivision plans, etc.) and various other documents.

The good news is that, if you would still like a copy for your records, you can receive an uncertified copy from the ROD office for just $1 per page. If you would like the copy certified, there is an additional fee of $1.50.

You can send your request to the Bucks County Office of Recorder of Deeds, Bucks County Courthouse, 55 East Court Street, 2nd Floor, Doylestown, Pa. 18901. You must include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for the return of your copy request.

rosebud February 23, 2013 at 06:37 PM
It always amazes me, how many ignorant people are in this world. I tell everyone that they should have finished the sixth grade. LOL Remember what P.T. Barnum said. If you don't know, then you have proven my point!
Earle Leo Nelson Jr. February 23, 2013 at 11:57 PM
I don't think everybody is stupid that falls for these scams, they just don't have the wherewithal to recognize the scams.As for your P.T. Barnum comment, A sucker born everyday. And I take offence that you would come on here and OFFEND everybody's intelligence, Which makes me believe you think your smarter than everybody. Old people fall for these scams all the time because they just don't know. I don't think your giving everybody the benefit of the doubt.
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