After a document is recorded on your property, you may receive what looks like an invoice to obtain your Property Profile. The letter states that you can obtain your “property profile” by paying a fee. Be AWARE! This is a solicitation requesting money. It is only an OFFER. You are NOT required to pay.
Have you recorded any of the below documents recently?
Recording these documents may trigger unwanted solicitation from a company that wants to make money at your expense! The photo in this article depicts one such solicitation that was received by my client. She almost sent a check for $86 because she thought it was from the local county office. She decided to call me first to find out why she had to pay more. We initially assisted her with preparing an exemption form to avoid paying a documentary transfer tax and having her property taxes increased. I am so glad she called me. I read the document and noticed the small print at the bottom of the page. If you look closely, you will see the last sentence in bold print states this it is a solicitation.
In our busy lives, we don’t always take the time to read all the details (aka the small print). This letter looks official. It included my client’s
name and address and property details about the deed that we recently recorded for her. Naturally, she thought it was legit and she also thought she needed to pay.
Because of this, I decided it would be a good idea to write about this type of property profile unwanted solicitation that may show up within a few weeks of recording a new deed. This isn’t the first time. I have had several clients call me about similar letters requesting money within a short time after recording their documents. The timing leads the property owner to believe that it must be official and must be paid to avoid penalties.
BE AWARE, contact the county assessor in the county where your property is located to determine if you are required to pay the statement you just received in the mail. Also, if you read “THIS IS A SOLICITATION” anywhere on the document, then you are NOT required to pay. On the other hand, if you are interested in purchasing the product they are offering, that is your choice.
Have questions? Need assistance with preparing and/or recording deeds? Call us so we can help you help yourself. We can also assist you with setting up your estate planning documentation at a very affordable rate.