Catherine A. Berube, Register | Lynn Williams, Deputy Register
259 County Farm Road, Suite 202
Dover, New Hampshire 03820
Tel. (603)742-1741 Fax (603)749-5130
Office hours – Monday through Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Rates & Fees
|Frequently Asked Questions|
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1– HOW DO I OBTAIN A COPY FROM THE REGISTRY?
2– HOW DO I ADD OR CHANGE A NAME ON MY DEED?
3– HOW DO I FIND A PLAN OF MY LAND?
4– I NEED TO KNOW HOW MUCH I PAID FOR MY PROPERTY. CAN YOU TELL ME?
5– I HAD LIEN AGAINST ME WHICH HAS NOW BEEN PAID AND WAS TOLD YOU WILL RELEASE ME.
6– I WANT TO KNOW WHO OWNS A PIECE OF PROPERTY. YOU HAVE ALL THE LAND RECORDS, CAN YOU TELL ME
7– I WANT TO PAY USING A CHECK
1–HOW DO I OBTAIN A COPY FROM THE REGISTRY?
There are various ways to obtain copies from Strafford Registry of Deeds.
A–ONE TIME REQUEST
Write a note with your requested volume and page and grantor/grantee, if known, and send it along with proper payment to the office. Request will be mailed the same day it is received.
Apply for an internet account. The charges will be invoiced monthly.
Copy charges for the above services are $1 per document page.
2–HOW DO I ADD OR CHANGE A NAME ON MY DEED?
The only way to change or add a name to a deed is by having a new deed prepared. We cannot do this for you. We suggest that you consult a lawyer to prepare the document.
3–HOW DO I FIND A PLAN OF MY LAND?
Not all deeds have plans that accompany them. If your property is part of a subdivision, a plan is probably available and we will help you locate it. If a former owner had the property surveyed, we will show you how to use the plan index to locate it.
4–I NEED TO KNOW HOW MUCH I PAID FOR MY PROPERTY. CAN YOU TELL ME?
When you purchased the property, you paid a transfer tax based on the selling price. The tax rate has changed over the years and a schedule of the various rates is available. The date of the deed will determine the rate at the time of your purchase and the tax stamp can be converted to a selling price.
5–I HAD LIEN AGAINST ME WHICH HAS NOW BEEN PAID AND WAS TOLD YOU WILL RELEASE ME.
We do not originate any records here, our function is to record documents brought to this office and cannot release any liens without a proper written release or discharge. An original release must be obtained from the party that placed the lien against you and then recorded with the Registry to remove the lien from the title. The original records are never removed but become part of the title of the property. An abstractor researching the records would find the lien has been satisfied once the release is recorded.
6–I WANT TO KNOW WHO OWNS A PIECE OF PROPERTY. YOU HAVE ALL THE LAND RECORDS, CAN YOU TELL ME
All records in the Registry are indexed by owner’s name, not a property address. You must have a name and if not, then you should contact the city assessor or the town tax collector where the property is located. They will have the property owner’s name listed for that property.
7–I WANT TO PAY USING A CHECK
Checks in the amount of $500 or greater are to be certified or from a trust account.
CAVEAT – Remember, the index is only a pointer to the actual document and should not be relied on. It is necessary to peruse the actual document to ascertain the legitimacy of the document.
We recommend that you consult with a lawyer for all legal matters pertaining to preparing, interpreting and changing the records.