Is it a good idea to have a copy of the deed to your property?
Should you pay $84 or more for it?
Absolutely not, said Bedford County Register of Deeds Johnny Reed.
A company called Conveyance Transfer Services with a return address in Washington, D.C., has been mailing local residents offering to send them a copy of their property deed for $84. If you wait until after the "due date" on the mailing the price rises by $35.
But Reed points out that anyone can come and get a certified copy of their deed from his office, located in the basement of the US Bank building on the square, for only 25 cents -- yes, cents -- per page. Most deeds are only two or three pages long, said Reed, making the total cost either 50 or 75 cents. That means Conveyance Transfer Services is charging customers more than 100 times what they would pay the county for the same document.
The mailing turned in to Reed by on local citizen does have a disclaimer, at the very bottom of the back page, pointing out that certified copies of property deeds are available from local register's offices, for "a small fee ... usually between two and four dollars a page." (That's eight to 16 times more than Reed actually charges here in Bedford County.)
For more information about obtaining a copy of the deed to your property, contact Reed at 684-5719.