Assessor says deed records are cheaper through his office

Idaho StatesmanJune 13, 2013 

BOISE — The Ada County Assessor’s Office says it can save homeowners a bunch of money if they need a copy of their property deed and property profile.

A Deleware company, Property Transfer Services, has sent out solicitations to homeowners who have recently recorded their deeds following a sale. The ad offers to provide the documents for $83.

The same documents obtained from the Assessor’s Office cost $1 per page.

Assessor Bob McQuade said people are under no obligation to purchase additional deed records. Most sales agreements include the deed and property profile as part of the closing process.

The company obtained publicly available information on the buyer’s name, address and sales price and used it to make readers think it was an official document, McQuade said. The county did not sell the information to Property Transfer Services, he said.

“We encourage people to read the post card carefully before sending off for these documents,” McQuade said.

While the solicitation is not a scam, the advertising can be deceptive, said Dale Dixon, chief executive officer of the Boise office of the Better Business Bureau.

The BBB has made several inquiries to Property Transfer Services, Dixon said, but the company did not respond.

“Failure to respond to a simple request for information should be a caution flag to proceed carefully,” Dixon said.

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