Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Delayed opening Wed March 14, 2018

Middlesex North Registry of Deeds will open at 10am tomorrow, Wednesday, March 14, 2018 due to snowstorm.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Registry closed Tues March 13 2018

The Middlesex North Registry of Deeds (and all state courts in Mass) will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday, March 13, 2018, due to impending winter storm.

Thursday, March 08, 2018

Registry opens at 10am on March 8

Due to overnight snowstorm, the Middlesex North Registry of Deeds will open at 10am on Thursday, March 8, 2018.

Here's the official notice from the Massachusetts Trial Court:

All courts, except those in Bristol, Dukes, Plymouth and Nantucket counties will have a delayed opening of 10:00 a.m.. The courts in Bristol, Dukes, Plymouth and Nantucket counties will be open their regular hours.

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Martin Luther King Day reminder

Next Monday, January 16, 2018, is Martin Luther King Day which is a state and federal holiday. The Middlesex North Registry of Deeds will be closed that day, and will reopen on Tuesday, January 17, 2018, at 8:30 a.m.

Monday, January 08, 2018

2017 Recording Statistics for Lowell

Last week I wrote a blog post with recording statistics for the entire Middlesex North Registry of Deeds district for all of 2017 and for just the month of December. Here's the equivalent information just for the city of Lowell, comparing the numbers for 2017 to those from 2016:

Deeds: in 2017, 2,018 were recorded v 2,086 in 2016, a 3% decline

Mortgages: in 2017, 2,512 were recorded v 2,768 in 2016, a 9% decline

Foreclosure Deeds: in 2017, 100 were recorded v 122 in 2016, a 18% decline

Orders of Notice: in 2017, 146 were recorded v 188 in 2016, a 22% decline

Total Docs: in 2017, 13,878 documents were recorded v 15,143 in 2016, a 8% decline

Here are the numbers for December 2017 compared to December 2016:

Deeds: in Dec 2017, 154 v 174 in Dec 2016, a 11% decline

Mortgages: in Dec 2017, 194 v 248 in Dec 2016, a 22% decline

Foreclosure Deeds: in Dec 2017, 5 v 4 in Dec 2016, a 25% increase

Orders of Notice: in Dec 2017, 17 v 12 in Dec 2016, a 42% increase

Total Docs: in Dec 2017, 1,074 v 1,478 in Dec 2016, a 27% decline

Friday, January 05, 2018

Median Prices in 2017

All deeds recorded at the registry of deeds must state the amount of consideration paid, so the registry has a record of every sale made for the towns in the registry district. However, the registry is concerned with who owns the land, not what is built upon it or its use (in the zoning sense of the word). Consequently, registry records do not differentiate between residential, commercial, industrial or other uses. That said, performing statistical analysis on the consideration of deeds recorded can provide some insight into real estate trends.

Here are the median prices of deeds recorded in 2017 for the ten communities in the Middlesex North District. To eliminate outliers, like related-party transfers or the sale of a multi-million dollar industrial building, the query for each community considers only those deeds with consideration greater than $60,000 and less than $1,200,000.

Town - Median Price - No. of Deeds
Billerica - $400,000 - 579
Carlisle - $730,000 -    74
Chelmsford - $361,500 - 694
Dracut - $290,000 - 633
Dunstable - $489,000 - 67
Lowell - $250,000 - 1475
Tewksbury - $369,950 - 552
Tyngsboro - $339,900 - 225
Westford - $460,000 - 399
Wilmington - $460,000 - 355

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Registry of Deeds to open at 10am on Friday

Just got word via Trial Court Twitter account that all courthouses in Middlesex County will open at 10am tomorrow, Friday, January 5, 2017.

That means the Middlesex North Registry of Deeds will also open at 10am.

Here's the full text of the Trial Court tweet:

Courts in the following counties will have a delayed opening of 10 a.m. on Friday, January 5: Bristol, Suffolk, Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Plymouth & Worcester. Courts in all other counties will be open at their usual time.