The Milwaukee Journal Sentinal recently reported on an investigation they conducted into a scam which tries to trick homebuyers into buying useless documents. The report states that private companies are sending letter to new homebuyers requesting an $83 fee to receive copies of their deed and othe rpublicly available information. The letters look official, and despite having a fine-print disclaimer, the letters are often mistaken for official government documents.
However, new homebuyers will receive their original deed from either the Register of Deeds or their title company for free after recording. Additional copies can be obtained from the Register of Deeds office for a minimal fee.
For more information on the scam, visite http://www.jsonline.com/watchdog/pi/scam-tricks-new-homeowners-into-buying-useless-documents-b99200536z1-245195821.html.
If you ever have any questions about a real estate transfer, including whether requested fees are legitimate, call our office at 920-743-6505 to make an appointment with one of our real estate attorneys.