Deeds, Mortgages & Contracts

Deeds


Deeds are types of documents that change ownership. All Deeds require documentary stamps or an exemption stamp, with the corresponding paragraph number, explaining why the Deed is exempt. See menu on left to view a chart and list of exemptions. We must receive an affidavit stating the purchase price. If it is a court document, then it must be a certified copy. Deeds are required to have the grantees address. 
   

Mortgages


Mortgages are liens against property when the property owner borrows money from a lending institution or individual. The borrower must sign the mortgage and have their signature notarized. It must have the mortgagee's address. Mortgages, modifications and extensions must have mortgage tax or be stamped no tax due before filing. Contract for deeds must also have mortgage tax if they are not recording their deed within 6 months. Mortgages on oil and gas or minerals do not require a treasurers stamp. Make a check payable to County Treasurer for mortgage tax and certification fee. Make a check payable to County Clerk for filing fees.

Contracts


Contract for deed is the most common form of contract that we file. Contract for deeds are considered to change the title, however the contract for sale does not. A contract for deed is like a deed and mortgage altogether. Mortgage tax is required if it is financed longer than 6 months. Documentary stamps are not required until the deed is filed. Make a check payable to the county Treasurer for mortgage tax and certification fee. Make a check payable to the County Clerk for filing fees.