Huron County Recorder Jan Tkach is warning county residents about mail and telephone solicitations they may receive from several companies.
These companies may send an official looking letter or they may call homeowners with the offer to provide a certified copy of their deed for exorbitant fees.
Tkach's office has received calls from concerned residents.
"Many people are unaware that they can receive copies of deeds, mortgages and other property documents from the local recorder's office for a nominal fee," Tkach said.
The purpose of a real estate deal is to provide proof of land ownership. If a homeowner is unable to locate their deed, there's no need for them to worry, since a copy is filed in the recorder's office in the county where the property is located.
Tkach said resident typically can obtain a certified copy of their deed from her office for about $5. The Ohio Revised Code requires the county recorder to charge $2 per page of the deed and $1 for the document certification.
Document information is also available at recorder.huroncounty-oh.gov.
Residents with additional questions should call the recorder's office at (419) 668-1916. The office is located at 12 E. Main St.