Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Top Ten Registry Events: 2003

As we reach the half way point of the final month of 2009, I've started to review this year's events as part of the process of compiling our annual "Top Ten Registry Events of the Year" list. This has caused me to scroll back to lists from prior years which always make for interesting reading (to me at least). Here's the earliest list I could find, the Top Ten of 2003:

Here are the top ten events at the registry during 2003:
(1) We recorded 146,956 documents, 27% over ‘02, 51% over ‘01, and 105% over 2000.
(2) Middlesex South satellite office opened allowing documents for Cambridge to be recorded in Lowell
(3) Recording fees increased in March - a deed went from $45 to $125
(4) The registry website is now instantly updated - as soon as a document is recorded it appears online
(5) Eight new employees were hired to fill vacancies caused by budget cuts
(6) Uniform Electronic Transaction Act (UETA) became law, allowing electronic recording
(7) From March to June, Lowell recorded mail for Cambridge to help eliminate their backlog
(8) Corporate Certificates can now be obtained at the Lowell registry
(9) Tax stamps are now produced by the computer system, not be a stand alone cash register
(10) The refinancing market collapsed, greatly reducing our daily volume by the end of the year

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