Awesome Day 14 - What a Time Saver - Deeds are On Line!

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Capital Properties DC AB15253

Today was just an awesome day all around - with nothing earth shattering but still great. 

I am working with someone who is interested in buying a particular building lot.  This client is a scientist and very detailed in his analysis.  His vision for the property and the home are just perfect - but he is very analytical and has been pondering this decision for probably two years.  He has reviewed the plat of the property with topographical lines on it, the approved location for the well and septic, and a lot of other documentation.  He has walked the lot many times.

He is very close to making a decision about whether to make an offer on the property but he wanted to review the deed for the property just to make sure whether there were no undisclosed easements or other restrictions that were not reflected in the documents he already had reviewed. 

I told him I would be happy to get the deed from the land records in Rockville - thinking to myself that this would take several hours at least.  And then I googled the land records and discovered that all the deeds from 1977 forward are on line!  I didn't need to go to the courthouse after all.  I had no idea!   The plats are there too on line.  Wow - Who Knew?  This technology thing is really pretty awesome.  LOL

I know that in some parts of the country, the agent pulls the title work rather than leaving it to the title attorney, but we do not do that in the DC metro area.  Instead we rely on the tax records to identify the necessary parties to the transaction.  Still, the tax records are not always complete, so I am really excited about how easy it is now to verify who the owners are and to make sure that the sellers know to have death certificates or divorce agreements available for the title attorney at a later date.   Being prepared is going to be SO much easier now.  It is awesome when something is actually EASIER than you expected.

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James Dray
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Morning Lise.

In the county I live in, you can find almost everything about a property online.  It sure makes things easier.

Jan 28, 2020 01:24 AM #3
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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
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James Dray   I feel silly for not having looked before but I think since we only go back to 1977 it hasn't been all that long 

Jan 28, 2020 03:22 AM #4
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
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Good morning, Lise... we have had many property-related documents on-line in Charlotte-Mecklenburg for more years than I can remember. It really is a time saver.

Jan 28, 2020 04:09 AM #5
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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
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Nina Hollander I am rather embarrassed that I didn’t figure it out before

Jan 28, 2020 04:13 AM #6
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
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Lise Howe hi Lise... gradually, I've learned to always look for something on line before going to other sources. That's how I've found out about a lot of things that are on line.

Jan 28, 2020 04:19 AM #7
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
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Good morning Lise. It is amazing how much information is online these days! Enjoy your day!

Jan 28, 2020 04:21 AM #8
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Michael Jacobs
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Hello Lise - the time saving aspect of online searches/access makes me wonder:  what's next?  Who knows?  Truly.   Likely many yet to be discovered/invented/imagined.  

Jan 28, 2020 05:20 AM #9
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Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
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That is awesome and definitely saves you some valuable time.  The title companies here have quicker access to such things, so if I need access I ask my title guy.

Jan 28, 2020 05:59 AM #10
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Lise Howe - How exciting to have a Scientist for a Buyer! Together, you shall learn a lot from each other! My clients rely on the Title Company to do the Title Work. I'll have to check to see if that information is on-line. How cool is that!!! 

Best wishes as you progress with the sale for this wonderful and very interesting client of yours!

Jan 28, 2020 07:41 AM #11
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George Souto
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Lise good to hear you are having an awesome day, and I hope that deal comes together for you.

Jan 28, 2020 12:52 PM #12
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
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Whatever did we do without "the net" !

Jan 29, 2020 05:28 AM #13
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
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Hello Lise Howe,  sometime we get lucky and can do so much from our home office now.

Jan 29, 2020 10:06 AM #14
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Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
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Good afternoone Lise Howe - It is amazing the records that you can find on Google.

Jan 29, 2020 10:32 AM #15
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Lise, for sharing this experience.

I hope you are enjoying a very productive January.

Jan 29, 2020 02:51 PM #16
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