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    mrpete38118 Posts: 1, Reputation: 1
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    Sep 12, 2008, 01:33 PM
    Parents died.can't find deed
    Both my parents died and I need to know how to find the deed to their house. They paid it off SEVERAL years ago and we (my brothers & I) need to sell it.
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    Sep 12, 2008, 01:36 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by mrpete38118
    Both my parents died and I need to know how to find the deed to their house. They paid it off SEVERAL years ago and we (my brothers & I) need to sell it.

    You can find a copy of the Deed at the County Clerk's Office.

    If you are looking for proof that the Mortgage was paid off (if that's what you are asking), the Satisfaction of Mortgage will also be on file.
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    Sep 12, 2008, 01:37 PM
    My condolences on your loss.

    If their property is in the US then you don't need their deed in order to sell the house. A copy of the deed is recorded in the county clerk or county register's office. When you find a buyer they will perform a title search and that will show the deed.

    If you want a copy for yourself then you can go to the county recording office and get a copy. It shouldn't cost anything other than a small fee to cover their cost for copying.
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    Sep 12, 2008, 02:32 PM
    Lisa and Judy are both correct. You don't have to have the original deed in your hand to sell any property so long as it was properly recorded at the Recorder's Office at the County. That's one good thing about deeds, they are copied and recorded so if you somehow lose the original say in a flood or fire, you can always get another copy. The same goes with anytime a mortgage is paid off that is recorded at the Recorder's Office just in case you lose that paperwork. The title company is paid to look into these matters. The reason they are recorded at the County is to prevent fraudulent sales of land. The recording of deeds and mortgages goes way, way back.

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