“The impact of this legislation,” noted the Register, “guarantees that a homeowner would know when a third party has been assigned their residential mortgage (usually sold by one financial institution to another), since the legislation requires the mortgage assignment to be recorded at the appropriate Registry of Deeds office within 30 days of the transaction.”
Additionally, consumers looking to record a mortgage discharge and those facing foreclosure would benefit as the legislation provides a permanent source of reference for the homeowner. They could even view the transaction online via the relevant Registry of Deeds website. Register O’Donnell has been a strong supporter of the legislation and has twice testified on its merits before the legislature’s Joint Committee on the Judiciary.
“This legislation levels the playing field as it requires the larger lending institutions who in the past have not recorded assignments to do so just as the smaller local community banks have been doing all along,” noted O’Donnell.
“I am hopeful the House Committee on Bills in the Third Reading will report the legislation favorably to the floor of the House of Representatives for consideration. This legislation benefits homeowners across Massachusetts, since it will eliminate uncertainty as to which lending institution is the mortgage holder of record,” concluded Register O’Donnell.
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