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Linn County official warns homeowners of unnecessary cost


CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- "Homeowners be aware."  That's the message one Linn County official is making public.

''They send these letters out nationwide and they seem to come in waves," said Linn County Recorder Joan McCalmant.

The Linn County Recorder's office has taken a handful of questions in recent days from property owners who have received letters from a company called National Deed Services.

The letter solicits homeowners to purchase a certified copy of their deed.

''People really don't need a certified copy of their deed.  It's not like a title to your car that you sign over when you sell it,'' said McCalmant.

The company charges close to $70 to obtain this paperwork through the local county recorder.

McCalmant wants people to know homeowners can make the request directly to their county recorder for just a fraction of the cost.

''It's just a shame that people spend the extra money when they could come see us and give us a call and get a copy for a few dollars.''

McCalmant believes many are paying extra because they don't have a complete understanding of the real estate process.

She says, for those who want the extra security in Linn County, it's a quick and easy process to obtain a certified deed.

''If they come in and request a copy, all we have to do is search their name, locate the deed, print a copy, stamp with a certification stamp, it takes a couple of minutes.''

Online reporter:  Jason Epner

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