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Maine Is A Race Notice State, Get That Real Estate Deed Recorded.

Your Uncle Bob promised to give you an extra quarter acre for that future septic system for your Maine home.

maine farm land The Maine land needed when the one its last leg septic system for your existing home gives up the ghost. 

When you get the deed to the Maine land, and glad of it before Uncle Bob dies and all is forgotten with his kids in the estate shake down shuffle, record it.

Trot up those court house steps to the registry of deeds in the county, one of sixteen in Maine that it should be put on record for the world to see.

Lose the recorded Maine land deed original, it's not the end of the world.

It is on record in the registry. But also microfilmed with back up copies to the Maine land. In the case of a fire, destruction of public building used at the library of who owns what and where, plus when it all happened.

But here is another reason to get the deed to the Maine land on record pronto. Quick like a bunny as I would urge one of the four kids growing up, when they were too short for the rides at Disney. Picture this situation.

You are one of eight people who get a portion of say 40 acres of Maine land, ground.

This division was done before the state said "please people, no more than two pieces in a five year period". We're talking before 1972 and long before the 40 year exemption to what did or did not trigger the count of the pieces of property, Maine land created.

Like the kid's story about the three, make that eight little piggies. This one got roast beef, on down the line. You know the rhyme. But you don't want to be holding the deed, the unrecorded one to Maine land and be the little pig who ended up with none. Zip. Nada.

If the other seven of the eight grantees, buyers of property trotting right in to the registry of deeds, record their legal description and pay the Maine property transfer tax for the land, you being the turtle and pulling up the rear may come up short in the acreage promised. If you get any at all. When the property dividing smoke settles, if the forty acres was only thirty seven, or less in reality, then the last guy in to the pits during the Maine land race, gets the smaller, runt of the litter piece, parcel.

Like can you say my five acres is really two acres? Or none?

Sure you can. I knew you could.

Not fair? Well it provides for a consistent manner to determine who gets what is really there in the total acreage or not when a survey shows a deficiency. Last guy or gal to record their deed, if there is a shortage, comes up with the straw that is not the tallest. Record your deed. Get it put on record before everyone else in the property shuffling card game. Maine, pretty outspoken, but from the heart honest, down to earth and no games, spin, punches pulled.

Maine REALTOR Andrew Mooers, ME Broker

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Comment balloon 6 commentsAndrew Mooers | 207.532.6573 • August 28 2011 10:13AM

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Andy...

Fortunately, here in GA recording a deed is relatively easy and very inexpensive. And our transfer tax is only a dollar per thousand, so it's best to record that deed ASAP for all of the reasons that you mentioned.

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) over 9 years ago

Like breathing, food three times a day, get that deed to the land on record. Wherever your live Richard. Thanks for stopping in.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 9 years ago

A good reminder to people to make sure all deeds, easements and other documents affecting land should be recorded asap.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 9 years ago

Joan.... Good point about right of way, water or access easements too. Make the recording life and death important.  Food, water, air important.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 9 years ago

Andrew,

I enjoyed reading this blog, although we are far from owning real estate in Maine.  However, in mho (My Humble Opinion), this post definitely distinguishes you as a realtor "in the know", rather than someone putting up canned information just to get noticed on Google.  The latest information on Google is that they are rethingking the coveted high positions,  They have been getting complaints about the "so called" experts who have paid and clawed their way to #1, only to disappoint the people who have clicked on their "expertise".  This shows your expertise.  Thanks for sharing it with us.  I would not hesitate to refer you, as we are always asked. A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) over 9 years ago

R and A ... Thank you kindly. Real content, fresh daily specials of wisdom will get their due respect. But not why we do them. Gaming the system is something that is an art form with spin, insincerity and creative Wonderbread air blown posts. There are few on the information highway to maneuver around.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 9 years ago

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