Thursday, January 23, 2020

Access to newly recorded plans

This office uses a Xerox 8830 wide format scanner/printer to scan newly recorded plans into our land records software. It has been in place since 2008. It failed in late November 2019 and we have been unable to get it working since then. This has hindered our ability to make the images of newly recorded plans available online.

As an interim way to address this issue, we have photographed these newly recorded plans, uploaded the individual plan images to the LowellDeeds website, and have now made links available to each of these plans. Here's the page with the links:

We continue to work on a long-term solution to this problem. The Xerox printer/scanner is mechanically sound despite its age. The problem we have is with its software. Resolving the problems has been made more complicated by recent changes in Xerox's makeup and business model (i.e., the branch of Xerox responsible for our machine no longer exists).

If you have any questions on this issue, please call the registry's Customer Service office at (978) 322-9000. 

Thursday, January 02, 2020

December 2019 Recording Statistics

Here are some statistics on the number of documents recorded in December 2019 compared to December 2018:

  • Total Documents: In Dec 2019 there were 6173 documents recorded, a 36% increase from 4504 recorded in Dec 2018
  • Deeds: In Dec 2019 there were 670 deeds recorded, a 15% increase from 583 in Dec 2018
  • Mortgages: In Dec 2019 there were 1165 mortgages recorded, a 60% increase from 729 in Dec 2018
  • Foreclosure Deeds: In Dec 2019 there were 11 foreclosure deeds recorded, a 31% decrease from 16 in Dec 2018
  • Orders of Notice: In Dec 2019 there were 24 orders of notice recorded, a 20% increase from 20 in Dec 2018.
Here are some statistics for all of 2019 compared to all of 2018:

  • Total Documents: In 2019 there were 60,104 documents recorded, a 5% increase from 57,380 recorded in 2018
  • Deeds: In 2019 there were 7459 deeds recorded, a 2% increase from 7319 in 2018
  • Mortgages: In 2019 there were 11,631 mortgages recorded, a 19% increase from 9745 in 2018
  • Foreclosure Deeds: In 2019 there were 91 foreclosure deeds recorded, a 57% decrease from 213 in 2018
  • Orders of Notice: In 2019 there were 260 orders of notice recorded, a 9% decrease from 287 in 2018.