What is a lien?

A lien allows a creditor a way of preventing the property from being sold or mortgaged until a debt against the property is paid. There are many types of liens such as tax liens and construction liens.

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1. Where is the Register of Deeds Office located?
2. Does the document need to be an original?
3. Must signatures be notarized?
4. What happens when a document is brought to the Register of Deeds Office for recording?
5. Who keeps the documents?
6. How much does it cost to record a document?
7. How far back do the records in the Register of Deeds Office go?
8. How is all that paper tracked?
9. What information do I need to obtain a copy of my deed?
10. What is a lien?
11. Can I get someone to do research for me?
12. Can I find out who owns a particular piece of property?
13. Are there liens against my property?
14. What is meant by "indexes"?
15. How do I find information about easements on my property?
16. Can I find out how old my house is or get historical information about my house?
17. Where else can I look if I cannot find the information in your office?
18. What was the sale price for a particular property?
19. Can the Register of Deeds office tell me if I have a good and clear title?
20. Is everything handled in the Register of Deeds office public record?
21. Can I get a copy of a birth or death certificate through the Register of Deeds Office?
22. How do I record or get a copy of my military discharge?
23. What is a deed?
24. Do I need to record my deed?
25. May I record a document for real estate for another county?
26. I want to take someone's name off my deed or change the names of the owners on my property. Can I change the deed?
27. If I sell a portion of my land, do I get a deed for the remainder?
28. May I make out my own deed?
29. If I want to write my own deed, do you have standard deed forms available?
30. What if I lose my deed?
31. How long does it take to record a document?
32. What types of documents can I file in the Register of Deeds Office?
33. Is it possible to obtain information about previous owners and the history of my home?
34. What information am I able to obtain by telephoning the register of deeds’ office?
35. How can I record my document?
36. What are the requirements for recording a document?
37. How do I make changes to the title of my property?
38. What are the most common types of deeds?
39. When is a Form 521 (transfer statement) required?
40. How is my document identified in the register of deeds’ office?
41. What if I lose my deed?
42. How can I obtain copies of documents?
43. Can I obtain a copy of my recorded property survey?
44. I have paid off my mortgage. What do I need to do? Where do I get my deed?
45. Do you have/sell real estate forms?
46. Where can I get a copy of a Birth or Death Certificate?