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Register of Deeds Announces New Property Notification Service

Register of Deeds Announces New Property Notification Service

Published: June 22, 2022

Catawba County Register of Deeds Donna Hicks Spencer is pleased to announce a new service provided free of charge to citizens and real property owners in Catawba County.  This new service is called Property Notification and is a website that will send an e-mail to registered users when a name that they have registered appears on a document filed in the office.

There are links to the new Property Notification site on the Register of Deeds homepage and the Register of Deeds land record search site.  In addition, you can click on this link to access the site.:

The site could be used for multiple reasons.  It allows citizens to register their names and be notified by e-mail whenever any document is filed in the office with that name.  In addition, it allows people to keep an eye out for vulnerable family members and friends and receive notification if any documents are filed with their names.  The e-mail that is sent when there is a name match will contain the name matched, date of filing, and the book and page reference.  A link will also be provided to the image of the document on the Catawba County Register of Deeds land record search site.

“The Register of Deeds office is required to file all documents that meet statutory requirements for recordation,” said Hicks. “Our staff does not have the ability to confirm the validity of all filings.  I have been working on providing this type of service for some time because I am concerned about the possible fraudulent filings that could be made in our office.

“We are pleased to offer this service free of charge.  I am aware of at least one example of property/mortgage fraud in our County and have heard reports that this type of activity is on the rise in North Carolina and across the nation.  We hope that this new service will act as a deterrent to fraudulent activity in Catawba County.  If there is a fraudulent filing in our office, we hope that this timely notice to registered users will allow that fraud to be addressed quickly.”

For more information, call the Catawba County Register of Deeds at (828) 465-1573.