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The Real Deal: Home Deed Letters

Updated: Wednesday, March 20 2013, 12:56 PM EDT
FORT EDWARD -- The letters look official, they offer a copy of the deed to your
home and a full property profile for $87.  CBS6 has heard from some homeowners
who've received the mailing recently and are wondering whether it's legit.
Chris MacFarran and his wife have had a lot going on recently, they
welcomed their first daughter Savanna and then bought a new house in Fort
Edward.  "It was very exciting to be moved into this place, we've been dying for
years to find a house," MacFarran says.
A few weeks ago, MacFarran
pulled a letter out of the mailbox from "Record Retrieval Department."  The
company was offering, for $87, to get him a copy of the grant deed to his home
and a property profile which basically just includes his address, parcel number
and a description of his land. "I was looking at it and I said, ya know, this
just doesn't seem right," he says.  So, MacFarran decided to do a little more
digging, "I looked into it a little bit more in-depth, I did contact my
financial institution who is SEFCU which I have the mortgage through and they've
never even heard of such a thing," he tells CBS6.
Likely in an attempt
to look like a local business, Record Retrieval Department, on its letters to
customers, lists a local return address.  When CBS6 visited the address, it was
a UPS store in Westgate Plaza.
Here's the Real Deal:  If you want a
copy of the deed to your home or any public information about your property, go
to your County Clerk's office.  What Record Retrieval Department is charging $87
for, you can likely get on your own for less than $10.
The company did
not return phone calls for comment to CBS6 but the recording on its automated
line admits the service is a matter of convenience.  The Real Deal: Home Deed Letters

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