From the Expert:
Taking Homes from
Unsuspecting Property Owners
By Mikko Lindberg, research associate,
CSG Southern Legislative Conference
Deed fraud leaves unsuspecting property owners' mortgages in shambles. It is exacerbated because most state statutes require the Register of Deeds to accept real estate transfers if they meet the legal requirements-but those requirements are often minimal, requiring nothing more than a signature, notarization and legibility. States, counties and cities are now combating the problem.
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