Registry Holiday Hours
November 27th, 2013 at 09:31 am by Ms. Marvill
Registry offices in Plymouth, Brockton and Rockland will be closed on Thanksgiving, November 28th, Christmas Day, December 25th, and New Year’s Day, January 1st, 2014.
Recording counters in each office will be open regular business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. the day before and after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and the day after Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and January 2nd.
Happy Holidays, and best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year!
Over the month of October, we continued to see a steady increase in the number of property sales recorded at the Plymouth County Registry of Deeds. The 817 deeds recorded in October brought our year to date total to 7,232 sales as compared to 6,791 sales last year at this time, a 7% increase.
Our October Register’s report clearly shows the continuing decline of mortgage refinancing as a segment of our real estate market, despite what are traditionally very low fixed rates. Our year to date mortgage volume is down 9%.
The was also a slight increase in foreclosure activity after many months of steep declines. Please refer to our October Register’s report for futher detail and a community by community listing of foreclosure activity for our twenty-seven communities.
We recently completed a very important project at the Plymouth County Registry of Deeds that was many years in the making with the participation of our many current and former employees.
On-line indexes are now available for Recorded Land back to the founding of Plymouth County (1685) and the implementation of Registered Land (1889).
While many other projects remain to be completed, these achievements are very significant. Our goal is to have all our resources available on our web-site.
The 694 deeds recorded in September brought the number of deeds recorded year-to-date for 2013 to 6,435– a 5% increase over last year at this time, a pace that is likely to continue through the end of the year. That translates into over $2.129 billion dollars in total sales value through September, 2013, a 12% increase over last year.
Our September, 2013 Register’s Report also indentifies an expected dropoff in the number of refinances due to rising interest rates. A dramatic example of the reduction in mortgage filings is the comparison of mortgages recorded in September 2012 (2228) with the number recorded in September 2013 (2035), a 33% reduction.
The long troubling problems of foreclosures in Plymouth County has continued it’s downward trend. Foreclosure deeds are 59% below last year’s level. Foreclosure notices, the first document recorded at the Registry identifying a serious problem with maintaining ownership, are down 48% compared to last year at this time. We will continue to monitor all these areas as we shift into our traditionally slower selling season.
Our August Register’s Report is now available and although the 954 sales recorded at our office in August did not reach the 1000 sales level recorded in July, that level of sales activity is a positive sign for the Plymouth County real estate market. We have seen a 4% increase in sales volume through the month of August amounting to $1.899 Billion in total sales value–a 12% increase over las year at this time.
As many people have projected, the refinance market has slowed down. The number of mortgages recorded in August, were 24% lower than in August of 2012. We will continue to monitor that closely.
There is continuing good news on foreclosures. The number of foreclosure notices, the first document we see recorded in the foreclosure process, was down 80% from last year’s August recordings and foreclosure deeds were 48% lower than last August’s filings.
You will find more detail on each of these areas and a complete town by town listing of foreclosure deeds and notices for August, in our August Register’s Report.
As we entered the second half of 2013, which is our first month in Fiscal Year 2014, we have seen a real estate market continuing to improve. More than1000 properties sold in a single month for the first time since 2006. More importantly, this upswing in our activity has been sustained over many months.
In our July 2013 Register’s Report, you will notice that the number of mortgages recorded has also been higher than last year at this time. People across Plymouth County have continued to take advantage of historically low interest rates.
Also on a positive note, foreclosure deeds, the final point in the foreclosure process when the lender has taken back title from an owner of property, are down 62% over 2012 year to date. Foreclosure notices also remain at a reduced number than last year, 40% lower than 2012.
Our Monthly Register’s Report, found in the right hand column of our Home Page, gives previous month’s reports for comparison.
Last week, we brought a detailed discussion of the operations of the Plymouth County Registry of Deeds to the Rockland Holiday Inn for a meeting of the Eastern Massachusetts Real Estate Investors Association (EMREIA). Invited by EMREIA’s Director of Operations John Ingram, we provided information on our operations and held a discussion on the many different ways and locations the public can access our resources.
Christine Richards, our Information Systems Department Head, did a great job at presenting our Search Records component on our website and described at a beginner level and through a detailed search option the multiple ways to access data.
If there are other Plymouth County based organizations who use our resources as part of their business operations and are interested in putting together a similar presentation to their group, please contact Lorna Green-Baker at 508-830-9290 or email@example.com.
We are also in the process of setting up a separate training area for municipal employees who use our on-line access as part of their daily work. Once that operation is in place, we can also provide more regular individualized training to the general public. Further updates on this program will be provided at a later date.
June 30th marked the end of Fiscal Year 2013 and the end of the first half of calendar year 2013 with many positive results in Plymouth County real estate. While the number of sales were slightly less than in 2012 for the first half of 2013, all other document filings showed a real estate market continuing to get stronger.
As we identify in more detail in our full Register’s Report for June, 2013 there were 3,785 deeds and 13,407 mortgages recorded through the end of June. Equally significant for the health of our communities was the significant drop in foreclosure activity. The number of foreclosure notices, the first document we see at the registry which demonstrates the property is in difficulty, dropped 33% compared to the first half of 2012. The drop in foreclosure deeds, the takeover of title by the lender, was even more dramatic–a 65% reduction from 2012.
As we enter the last two quarters of 2013, we are mindful of the possibility of Federal Reserve actions that so far have kept interest rates low, but continue to be optimistic about continued progress in our marketplace.
Real estate activity in Plymouth County has remained relatively strong through the month of May. Our recent Register’s Report show 806 sales recorded in May. It was the highest number of deeds recorded since last year at this time. An inventory shortage of properties for sale continues to be noted by realtors and buyers in the Plymouth County marketplace as it is elsewhere in Massachusetts.
People are continuing to take advantage of historically low interest rates. In May, there were 2351 mortgages recorded. Through May of 2013, mortgages recorded are 3 % higher than last year at this time.
As we have reported over the last several months, the number of foreclosure deeds and foreclosure notices are also signicantly lower than last year at this time. Foreclosure deeds are 69% lower and foreclosure notices are 29% below last year’s pace, a trend that have led many to believe the foreclosure crisis may be dropping to a nmore managable volume. On this website you can view not only our most recent recording numbers but many previous months numbers for comparison.
On Thursday, May 23rd, the Registry hosted the Town of Carver Historical Commission for the Opening Ceremony of an “Exhibit of Carver Historical Artifacts” from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The well attended event brought Carver town officials, Historical Commission members and members of the public together to see historical artifacts displayed in our “Settlements of Plymouth County” display case and many new additions to our Plymouth County Registry of Deeds Notable Land Record Collection.
Connie Shaw, Chairman; Peg Blackwell, Vice Chairman; Barbara Butler, Clerk; Jan Tracey, Treasurer and Members: Sylvia Best, Jason Pecorelli and Russell Mazilli of the Carver Historical Commission organized the artifacts in the display case and contributed six new additions to our Notable Land Records Collection. These items remain on display at our Plymouth office at 50 Obery Street.
Congressional Aide Michael Jackman welcomed guests on behalf of Congressman Bill Keating and Connie Shaw, Historical Commission Chairman, Selectmen Richard Ward and Sarah Hewins spoke on behalf of the residents of Carver and were appreciative of the opportunity to provide employees, attorneys, title examiners and the public who visit the registry the chance to learn about Carver’s great and colorful history.
An operational tour of the registry was provided along with refreshments, including a punch spiked appropriately by cranberry juice. Home made baked goods were provided by the members of the Carver Historical Commission.