Buyer Beware – Homeowner Beware – Deed Retrieval Service Mislead Many Homeowners

Buyer Beware – Homeowner Beware – Deed Retrieval Service Mislead Many Homeowners

Last week I received an email from my client who recently purchased her Lakeland FL home inquiring about her Deed.  She wrote the following:


I have a question for you.  I’m wondering about how long it takes to receive the deed for the house, and where it will come from.  Last week I received something in the mail that seemed suspicious to me.  It says it’s from the “State Record Retrieval Board” and is from California.  It says to receive a copy of my own deed I need to send them $87.  This just doesn’t seem normal to me, so I thought I’d ask you.


I’m glad she asked. There are homeowners who may think that is letter was sent by a government agency and quite honestly I thought the same thing when I glanced at this letter first.

I responded to Sandy, that this seems very suspicious and it was not necessary to send them any money because she had already paid ($10.00) to Polk County FL for the recording of the deed when she closed on the house.

While this letter does state at the bottom – “This is not a bill.  This is a solicitation” – it is truly misleading to many new homeowners and it is borderline scam.

Homeowners! If you happen to receive such a letter, do not pay $87.00.  You can obtain a copy of the recorded deed by going to the Clerk of Courts office and pay as little as $10.00.

My client was kind enough to send me the letter and I have included this letter so you can see what it looks like.

Deed Solicitation

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  3. Mark says:

    We just received a letter here in Wisconsin shortly after we purchased a home. What a racket! Plus, the letter says if you don’t respond by the requested date (20 Oct; and we got the letter 19 Oct!) that “an additional fee of $35.00 will be required before processing.” !! I’m glad I took the time to do an on-line search and that it produced your information! Thank you!

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