Beaufort County: Property deeds can be obtained for $5, not $83

cconley@islandpacket.comApril 3, 2013 

Beaufort County is warning residents that a company sending letters promising copies of property deeds is overcharging for the service.

An outside firm called Record Transfer Service has mailed notices to some homes offering copies for property deeds for $83.

That's more than 15 times what the county actually charges for the service, which in most cases costs less than $5.

"To my knowledge there is nothing illegal about the deed processing notice that is being sent out right now, but we want to let our citizens know that for less than $5, in most cases, you can get a certified true copy of your deed from us if you need one," register of deeds Dale Butts said in a statement.

County spokeswoman Joy Nelson said similar notices showed up at some homes about five years ago. In this case, the company has enclosed an envelope with a return address in Washington, D.C.

Deeds offer proof of ownership for a particular home or property.

For more information, or to obtain a copy of your property deed, contact the register of deeds office at 843-255-2555.

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