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Watch out for High Cost Offers for Copies of Property Deeds


Greene County’s Recorder of Deeds is warning new homeowners and other real estate owners to be aware of high-priced offers for copies of property deeds.

Cheryl Dawson-Spaulding says private companies are soliciting homeowners to purchase copies of their property deeds for very high fees, sometimes up to $87 or more. She says, while that isn’t illegal, it’s much higher than the Recorder’s fee of $1 per page for copies, and most property deeds are no longer than two pages.

And she says most homeowners already have their original property deed.

Dawson-Spaulding has seen a resurgence in these high-priced offers.  One company’s offer, she says, includes a property profile, containing much of the same information available for free from the Greene County Assessor.

To access the Greene County Assessor’s property records, click here.  Once there, click “Name Search,” or visit the office at Greene County Historic Courthouse, 940 Boonville Ave., Room 39, Springfield.

To obtain a copy of your property deed, contact the Greene County Recorder’s Office at 417-868-4068 or visit the office at the Greene County Historic Courthouse, Room 100. 

Michele Skalicky has worked at KSMU since the station occupied the old white house at National and Grand. She enjoys working on both the announcing side and in news and has been the recipient of statewide and national awards for news reporting. She likes to tell stories that make a difference. Michele enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, camping and leisurely kayaking.