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No Need To Pay For Your Deed

Q.  I received an official looking letter asking me to pay a fee for a copy of my deed. Is this legit?

A.  No, it's not legit and is one of the oldest scams out there.  You should not have to pay for a copy of your deed, or for copies of any of your closing papers for that matter.  Our National Association of Realtors has put out numerous warnings to consumers regarding companies who contact homeowners with a legal looking letter that resembles a government bill.  If you receive such a letter, throw it out.  Your original recorded deed should come to you in the mail, free of charge a few weeks after you close on your home. You can also get a copy of your deed online at your county public records website. 

Have a real estate question or need some sound advice? Phyllis Staines answers your questions weekly in her "Ask Phyllis" blog in Saturday's Florida Times Union newspaper. Phyllis can be reached at (904) 476 - 7653 or email Every question will receive a response and may be chosen to appear in print in Saturday's Florida Times Union newspaper.



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