Showing posts with label Real estate. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Real estate. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 9, 2024

June Property Sales Price Increase from Last Year, Down from Last Month in Norfolk County, MA

Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O’Donnell reported that Norfolk County recordings for the month of June 2024 indicate a decrease in overall real estate activity, with decreases in property sales and transfers as compared to June 2023.

 

The average sale price of commercial and residential properties for June 2024 rose to $1,153,576, an 11% increase compared to June 2023 but a decrease of 8% from May 2024. The total dollar volume of commercial and residential sales is down 5% from last year but up 7% from last month.

 

June Property Sales Price Increase  from Last Year, Down from Last Month in Norfolk County, MA
June Property Sales Price Increase  from Last Year, Down from Last Month in Norfolk County, MA

“I think many would agree that it is a difficult market for buyers, especially first-time home buyers, due to the limited inventory of available property and an increase in property prices compared to previous years,” stated Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O’Donnell.

 

The total number of deeds recorded for June 2024, which reflects both commercial and residential real estate sales and transfers, was 1,474, down 14% from June 2023 and down 2% from May 2024. However, looking at just home sales from last month, June 2024 saw a 16% increase compared to May 2024.

 

"Through the late spring and early summer months, we have seen a consistent rise in property sales month over month, and as the traditional home buying season continues, we hope to see similar activity in July and August as well as an increased number of property listings, which may help alleviate some of the pressure on buyers," stated Register O'Donnell. “However, the overall trend of a lack of inventory and increasing prices is still a concern.”

 

In June, lending activity decreased compared to the same month a year ago. A total of 1,390 mortgages were recorded in June 2024, down 3% from June 2023 and roughly the same number recorded last month.

 

“Homeowners who took advantage of lower interest rates in 2020 and 2021 are less likely to refinance and are more hesitant to buy at current mortgage interest rates. Higher interest rates also make it harder for first-time home buyers to secure affordable repayment options,” noted O'Donnell.

 

The Registry of Deeds recorded 9,062 documents in June 2024. This was 14% less than in June 2023, and a 2% decrease compared to May 2024.

 

“The number of deed recordings and mortgage recordings are significant contributors to overall real estate activity, and whenever either or both of these numbers decline, there will be a substantial decrease in the total number of recordings,” stated Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O’Donnell.

 

The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds has been closely monitoring the foreclosure market. In June 2024, there were 9 foreclosure deeds recorded as a result of mortgage foreclosures taking place in Norfolk County, the same number recorded in June 2023. However, in June 2024, there were 37 notices to foreclose, the first step in the foreclosure process, more than the 28 recorded in June 2023.

 

“The number of these notices is troubling. It suggests that more of our neighbors may have financial difficulties in the future,” said O'Donnell. “If you are having difficulty paying your monthly mortgage, please consider contacting one of these non-profit agencies for help and guidance,” said O’Donnell.

 

For the past several years, the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds has partnered with Quincy Community Action Programs (617-479-8181 x376) and NeighborWorks Housing Solutions (508-587-0950) to help anyone facing challenges paying their mortgage. Another option for homeowners is to contact the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Consumer Advocacy and Response Division (CARD) at 617-727-8400.

 

O’Donnell concluded, “It comes down to the lack of available property inventory. In general, an increase in the number of properties on the market will help bring down costs. Lower costs will alleviate the effects of higher interest rates. These factors together may help increase the number of individuals who can participate in the American dream of owning a home.”

 

To learn more about these and other Registry of Deeds events and initiatives, "like" us on Facebook at facebook.com/norfolkdeeds. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @norfolkdeeds.

 

The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds, located at 649 High St., Dedham, is the principal office for real property in Norfolk County. The Registry is a resource for homeowners, title examiners, mortgage lenders, municipalities, and others with a need for secure, accurate, and accessible land record information. All land record research information can be found on the Registry's website, www.norfolkdeeds.org. Residents in need of assistance can contact the Registry of Deeds Customer Service Center at (781) 461-6101 or email us at registerodonnell@norfolkdeeds.org.

Monday, June 10, 2024

Norfolk County Home Sales Continue to Rise in May

Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O’Donnell reported that Norfolk County recordings for the month of May 2024 indicate an increase in overall real estate activity, with significant increases in property sales and transfers as compared to May 2023.

The Registry of Deeds recorded 9,249 documents in May 2024. This was 1% more than in May 2023 and an 11% increase compared to April 2024.
 
Norfolk County Home Sales Continue to Rise in May
Norfolk County Home Sales Continue to Rise in May


“The increase in overall real estate activity, especially when it is driven by a jump in property sales and transfers, is a positive sign for the local real estate market, indicating continued growth,” stated Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O’Donnell. “The rise in the number of deeds recorded suggests a strong demand for real estate in Norfolk County. It also reflects that Spring is a traditional time period to buy and sell homes.”

The total number of deeds recorded for May 2024, which reflects both commercial and residential real estate sales and transfers, was 1,504, up 11% from May 2023 and up 20% from April 2024. Looking at just commercial and residential real estate sales, the number was up 3% from last year and up 19% from last month.

“The total number of commercial and residential property sales in May 2024 showed a notable increase compared to May 2023. This positive trend is a promising indicator that the real estate market in Norfolk County continues to show resilience and growth,” Register O'Donnell added. “The likely factor in the rise in the number of deeds recorded is the ongoing desire to both live and work in Norfolk County communities, which is increasing demand for properties in the area.

The average sale price of commercial and residential properties for May 2024 rose to $1,252,129, a 27% increase compared to May 2023 and an increase of 21% from April 2024. The total dollar volume of commercial and residential sales is also up, increasing 31% from last year and up 43% from last month.

Register O’Donnell noted, “With a limited supply of available properties on the market, any increase in demand is likely to cause an increase in the average property sales price. Unfortunately, when prices rise without an equivalent rise in inventory, it may result in increased competition among buyers. This makes it harder for homebuyers in general, but especially for first-time homebuyers.”

For the month of May, lending activity showed a decrease compared to the same month a year ago. A total of 1,392 mortgages were recorded in May 2024, down 3% from May 2023, but 12% more than last month.

“Homeowners who took advantage of lower interest rates in 2020 and 2021 are less likely to refinance and are more hesitant to buy at current mortgage interest rates. Higher interest rates also make it harder for first-time home buyers to secure affordable repayment options,” noted O'Donnell.

The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds has been closely monitoring the foreclosure market. In May 2024, there were 3 foreclosure deeds recorded as a result of mortgage foreclosures taking place in Norfolk County, whereas in May 2023, there were 7 recorded. However, in May 2024, there were 32 notices to foreclose, the first step in the foreclosure process, more than the 28 recorded in May 2023.

“The number of these notices is troubling. It suggests that more of our neighbors may have financial difficulties in the future,” said O'Donnell. “If you are having difficulty paying your monthly mortgage, please consider contacting one of these non-profit agencies for help and guidance,” said O’Donnell.

For the past several years, the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds has partnered with Quincy Community Action Programs (617-479-8181 x376) and NeighborWorks Housing Solutions (508-587-0950) to help anyone facing challenges paying their mortgage. Another option for homeowners is to contact the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Consumer Advocacy and Response Division (CARD) at 617-727-8400.

O’Donnell concluded, “It is good to see that the real estate market in Norfolk County is strong and vibrant, driven by an increased demand for property in local communities due to the desire to live and work in the area. We hope to see this trend continue as we move into the summer months. However, the lack of available inventory may lead to further price increases. It will be important to keep an eye on these trends to help navigate the competitive market.”

To learn more about these and other Registry of Deeds events and initiatives, "like" us on Facebook at facebook.com/norfolkdeeds. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @norfolkdeeds.

The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds, located at 649 High St., Dedham, is the principal office for real property in Norfolk County. The Registry is a resource for homeowners, title examiners, mortgage lenders, municipalities, and others with a need for secure, accurate, and accessible land record information. All land record research information can be found on the Registry's website, www.norfolkdeeds.org. Residents in need of assistance can contact the Registry of Deeds Customer Service Center at (781) 461-6101 or email us at 

Monday, May 20, 2024

Register O'Donnell reveals Norfolk County’s most expensive real estate sales 1st Quarter of 2024

Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O’Donnell reported that during the first quarter of 2024, ten properties, a mix of commercial and residential, sold for more than $6,000,000, with an average price of $11,846,612.

The prices on the property to follow concern real estate sales during the period of January 1st, 2024, through March 31st, 2024.

The ten properties were:
  • The U-Haul rental and storage facility on Washington Street in Stoughton. The property on 3.14 acres of land was sold in February for $6,409,127;
  • 738 Washington Street, Norwood, a 40,700-square-foot three-story retail unit and multi-family apartment building, sold in February for $6,450,000;
  • 3 Buckingham Terrace, Wellesley, a 9,922-square-foot, six-bedroom mansion sold in March for $6,450,000;
  • 99 Yarmouth Road, the 5-bedroom Brookline Chestnut Hill Estate, which sits on 1.38 acres of land, sold in January for $6,815,000;
  • 11 Randolph Road, Randolph, an over three-acre industrial center and warehouse site, sold in March for $
  • 280 Dudley Street, Brookline, a 10,194-square-foot, six-bath, seven-bedroom mansion sold in January for $8,000,000;
  • 419 Orchard Street, Millis, a five-bedroom, 4,086 square-foot home and 23.12 acres of land sold in March for $10,000,000;
  • 140 Constitution Boulevard, Franklin, a 101,882 square-foot medical equipment manufacturing building, sold in January for $17,000,000;
  • 6 Billings Street, Randolph, the Conference & Function facility and Boston-area landmark known as Lombardo's, sold in February for $24,592,000;
  • 23-25 Bridge Street, Quincy, the 6-story, 60-unit apartment complex known as Hillside Residences, sold in March for $25,450,000.
The top sales appear to have been a combination of apartment complexes, retail, industrial and warehouse space, and residential property.

Register O'Donnell reveals Norfolk County’s most expensive real estate sales 1st Quarter of 2024
Register O'Donnell reveals Norfolk County’s most expensive real estate sales 1st Quarter of 2024

"The variety in these real estate transactions bodes well for the Norfolk County economy, with high value properties selling in both commercial and residential sectors," stated Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O’Donnell. "This also indicates that Norfolk County is not only a desirable place to both live and work but is also a magnet for business, industry, and trade."

Excise taxes from these 10 sales totaled more than $540,000 for the state and county.

In the first quarter of 2024, there were 1,491 property sales recorded in Norfolk County, down 3% over the same time period last year. The average sales price for these properties which include, commercial and residential property was $1,019,511, up 14% from last year.

“The first quarter of 2024 started off strong with January and February beating 2023 property sales. Overall sales were down due to March 2024’s decrease in property sales,” noted Register O’Donnell. “However, despite the slight decrease in real estate activity throughout the county, there are still pockets of the market here in Norfolk County that are seeing growth and stability, particularly in certain neighborhoods and property types.”

The Registry of Deeds recorded 8,312 documents in April 2024. This was 9% more than in April 2023 and an 8% increase compared to March 2024. Also, there were 649 property sales recorded for the month, up 15% over the same time period last year.

"With April 2024 showing a strong start to the second quarter we hope to see similar real estate activity as we move further into the home buying season,” said Register O’Donnell.

To learn more about these and other Registry of Deeds events and initiatives, “like” us on Facebook at facebook.com/norfolkdeeds. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @norfolkdeeds.

The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds, located at 649 High St., Dedham, is the principal office for real property in Norfolk County. The Registry is a resource for homeowners, title examiners, mortgage lenders, municipalities, and others with a need for secure, accurate, and accessible land record information. All land record research information can be found on the Registry's website, www.norfolkdeeds.org. Residents in need of assistance can contact the Registry of Deeds Customer Service Center at (781) 461-6101 or email us at registerodonnell@norfolkdeeds.org.

Monday, May 13, 2024

2024 Home Buying Season Springs to Life in April per Norfolk County Register of Deeds

Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O’Donnell reported that Norfolk County recordings for the month of April 2024 indicate an increase in overall real estate activity, with significant increases in property sales and mortgage activity as compared to April 2023.

 

The Registry of Deeds recorded 8,312 documents in April 2024. This was 9% more than in April 2023 and an 8% increase compared to March 2024.

 

“Spring is the first half of the traditional home-buying season and typically marks the beginning of a busy period for the real estate market," said Register of Deeds William P. O’Donnell. “The rise in property sales and mortgage activity compared to last year reflects a strong demand for housing in Norfolk County.”

 

The total number of deeds recorded for April 2024, which reflects both commercial and residential real estate sales and transfers, was 1,250, up 12% from April 2023 and up 6% from March 2024. Looking at just commercial and residential real estate sales, the number was up 15% from last year.

 

2024 Home Buying Season Springs to Life in April
2024 Home Buying Season Springs to Life in April 

“Despite some difficult market conditions, the total number of commercial and residential property sales in April 2024 showed a significant increase compared to the previous year,” stated Register O’Donnell. “This may be an indication that March's increase in property listings, while still not enough to counteract the overall lack of available property inventory is beginning to attract more buyers, leading to more property sales."

 

The average sale price of commercial and residential properties for April 2024 rose to $1,036,735, a 12% increase compared to April 2023 but a decrease of 1% from March 2024. The total dollar volume of commercial and residential sales is up, increasing 28% from last year and up 13% from last month.

 

O’Donnell noted, “With a limited supply of available properties on the market, any increase in demand is likely to cause an increase in the average property sales price. Unfortunately, when prices rise without an equivalent rise in inventory, it may result in increased competition among buyers. This makes it harder for homebuyers in general, but especially for first-time homebuyers.”

 

For the month of April, lending activity showed an increase compared to the same month a year ago. A total of 1,243 mortgages were recorded in April 2024, up 12% from April 2023 and 14% more than last month.

 

“The increase in lending activity this month is likely a product of the increase in the number of property transactions compared to 2023,” stated O’Donnell. "This may suggest that while some homeowners are still hesitant to make moves with average mortgage interest rates above 7%, others are not dissuaded by current interest rates, but time will tell if this trend holds out."

 

The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds has been closely monitoring the foreclosure market. In April 2024, there were 6 foreclosure deeds recorded as a result of mortgage foreclosures taking place in Norfolk County, whereas in April 2023, there were 10 recorded. However, in April 2024, there were 43 notices to foreclose, the first step in the foreclosure process, more than the 30 recorded in April 2023.

 

“The substantial increase in the number of these notices is troubling. It suggests that more of our neighbors may have financial difficulties in the future,” said O'Donnell. “If you are having difficulty paying your monthly mortgage, please consider contacting one of these non-profit agencies for help and guidance,” said Register O’Donnell.

 

For the past several years, the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds has partnered with Quincy Community Action Programs (617-479-8181 x376) and NeighborWorks Housing Solutions (508-587-0950) to help anyone facing challenges paying their mortgage. Another option for homeowners is to contact the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Consumer Advocacy and Response Division (CARD) at 617-727-8400.

 

O’Donnell concluded, “It is good to see that the increase of property listings in March resulted in an increase in property sales which is an indication that the desire for individuals to live in Norfolk County communities remains strong. As we move further into the home buying season we hope to see similar real estate activity.”

 

To learn more about these and other Registry of Deeds events and initiatives, "like" us on Facebook at facebook.com/norfolkdeeds. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @norfolkdeeds.

 

The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds, located at 649 High St., Dedham, is the principal office for real property in Norfolk County. The Registry is a resource for homeowners, title examiners, mortgage lenders, municipalities, and others with a need for secure, accurate, and accessible land record information. All land record research information can be found on the Registry's website, www.norfolkdeeds.org. Residents in need of assistance can contact the Registry of Deeds Customer Service Center at (781) 461-6101 or email us at registerodonnell@norfolkdeeds.org.

Monday, April 22, 2024

Register O’Donnell Delivers 2024 First Quarter Real Estate Activity Report

Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O’Donnell reported that Norfolk County recordings for the first quarter of 2024 (January-March 2024) indicate a slight decrease in overall real estate activity due to a drop in mortgage activity as compared to the first quarter of 2023. 

Register O’Donnell Delivers 2024 First Quarter Real Estate Activity Report
Register O’Donnell Delivers 2024 First Quarter Real Estate Activity Report

 

The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds recorded 21,980 documents in the first quarter of 2024. This was 3% less than the first quarter of 2023.

 

“During the recently completed 2024 first quarter, the number of deeds recorded fluctuated in line with seasonal trends,” noted Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O’Donnell. “However, lending activity, which makes up a significant percentage of overall recordings, was down, likely due to higher interest rates relative to what they were in 2020 and 2021.”

 

The number of deeds for the first quarter of 2024, which reflect both commercial and residential real estate sales and transfers, was 3,262, an increase of half a percent from the first quarter of 2023.

 

“Real estate sales and transfers have remained steady this quarter when compared to the first quarter in 2023, but despite an increase in property listings in the first quarter of 2024, the number of available properties on the market is still not able to keep up with demand, leading to a rise in average property sales prices,” said Register O’Donnell.

 

Overall lending activity was down overall for the first quarter. A total of 2,960 mortgages were recorded this quarter, 7% less than the first quarter of 2023.

 

“Homeowners who took advantage of lower interest rates in 2020 and 2021 are less likely to refinance and are more hesitant to buy at current mortgage interest rates. Higher interest rates also make it harder for first-time home buyers to secure affordable repayment options,” noted O'Donnell.

 

The first quarter's sale prices have increased compared to the first quarter of 2023. The average sale price in the first quarter was $1,019,512, a 14% increase from the first quarter of 2023. The total dollar volume of commercial and residential sales is up $153,241,526, increasing 11% from the same period a year ago.

 

O'Donnell stated, “The increase in sale prices reflects the competitive real estate market in Norfolk County and Massachusetts as a whole, with the number of available properties not being able to meet demand.”

 

The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds has been closely monitoring the foreclosure market. In the first quarter of 2024, there were 29 foreclosure deeds recorded as a result of mortgage foreclosures taking place in Norfolk County, whereas in the first quarter of 2023, there were 16 recorded. However, in the first quarter of 2024, there were 90 notices to foreclose, the first step in the foreclosure process, less than the 203 recorded in the first quarter of 2023.

 

“We cannot begin to know all the causes that have contributed to these foreclosures and notices to foreclose, but what we do know is that a number of our neighbors have lost their homes,” said Register O'Donnell. “We all experience unforeseen events in our lives, and sometimes events beyond our control can have devastating emotional and financial effects, so I would urge anyone struggling to pay their mortgage or who knows someone who is struggling to contact one of the non-profit organizations listed on our website, www.norfolkdeeds.org.

 

For the past several years, the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds has partnered with Quincy Community Action Programs (617-479-8181 x376) and NeighborWorks Housing Solutions (508-587-0950) to help anyone facing challenges paying their mortgage. Another option for homeowners is to contact the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Consumer Advocacy and Response Division (CARD) at 617-727-8400.

  

Register O’Donnell concluded, “The first quarter of 2024 revealed a real estate market that is feeling the effects of a limited inventory of available properties. The demand to both live and work in Norfolk County remains high, which is one factor contributing to the competitive market, and until more inventory becomes available, this trend is likely to persist. An increase in new home construction could alleviate some of the strain, leading to a more balanced market for buyers and sellers alike.”

 

To learn more about these and other Registry of Deeds events and initiatives, “like” us on Facebook at facebook.com/norfolkdeeds. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @norfolkdeeds.

 

The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds, located at 649 High St., Dedham, is the principal office for real property in Norfolk County. The Registry is a resource for homeowners, title examiners, mortgage lenders, municipalities, and others with a need for secure, accurate, and accessible land record information. All land record research information can be found on the Registry's website, www.norfolkdeeds.org. Residents in need of assistance can contact the Registry of Deeds Customer Service Center at (781) 461-6101 or email us at registerodonnell@norfolkdeeds.org.

Monday, April 8, 2024

Norfolk County Registry of Deeds: Available Property Inventory Tries to Catch Up

Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O’Donnell reports that Norfolk County recordings in March 2024 show a decrease in the total number of documents recorded, which includes a decrease in property sales and mortgage recordings compared to March 2023. This decrease can be attributed to a variety of factors, including high competition, high property prices, and a limited inventory of available property.

The Registry of Deeds recorded 7,664 documents in March 2024. This was 10% less than in March 2023, but a 13% increase compared to February 2024.

Available Property Inventory Tries to Catch Up
Available Property Inventory Tries to Catch Up

“The number of deed recordings and mortgage recordings are significant contributors to overall real estate activity, and whenever either or both of these numbers decline, there will be a substantial decrease in the total number of recordings,” stated Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O’Donnell.

For the month of March, lending activity also showed a decrease compared to the same month a year ago. A total of 1087 mortgages were recorded in March 2024, down 15% from March 2023 but up 19% from last month.

“The decreasing trend in mortgage recordings has significantly slowed, but total recordings are still lower than last year, likely because those who locked in lower mortgage interest rates in 2020 and 2021 are less likely to refinance at current rates and some may be holding out for lower mortgage interest rates, predicted for later this year.” stated O’Donnell.

The average sale price of commercial and residential properties for March 2024 rose to $1,043,639, an 18% increase compared to March 2023 and an increase of 5% from February 2024. The total dollar volume of commercial and residential sales is up, increasing 8% from last year and up 36% from last month.

O’Donnell noted, “With a limited supply of available properties on the market, any increase in demand is likely to cause an increase in the average property sales price even with the increase in listing moving into the home buying season.”

According to the Massachusetts Association of Realtors, since the start of 2024, new listings have increased each month compared to the previous month.

The total number of deeds recorded for March 2024, which reflects both commercial and residential real estate sales and transfers, was 1,176, down 6% from March 2023, but up 22% from February of last month.

“I think many would agree that it is a difficult market for buyers, especially first-time home buyers, due to the limited inventory of available property and an increase in property prices compared to previous years,” said Register O'Donnell. “As we move into the traditional home buying season, there are some signs of improvement in regards to the number of property listings, which may help alleviate some of the pressure on buyers. However, the overall trend of a lack of inventory and increasing prices is still a concern.”

The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds continues to closely monitor the foreclosure market. In March 2024, there were 12 foreclosure deeds recorded as a result of mortgage foreclosures taking place in Norfolk County, whereas in March 2023, there were 4 recorded. The total number of notices to foreclose, the first step in the foreclosure process, decreased from last year, going from 30 notices in March 2023 to 28 in March 2024.

“We all experience unforeseen events in our lives. Sometimes these events are beyond our control and can have a devastating impact on our finances. I would urge anyone struggling to pay their mortgage or who knows someone who is struggling to contact one of the non-profit organizations listed on our website, www.norfolkdeeds.org,” said O'Donnell.

For the past several years, the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds has partnered with Quincy Community Action Programs (617-479-8181 x376) and NeighborWorks Housing Solutions (617-770-2227) to help anyone facing challenges paying their mortgage. Another option for homeowners is to contact the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Consumer Advocacy and Response Division (CARD) at 617-727-8400.

O’Donnell concluded, “Overall, the real estate market still has a few hurdles to overcome and continues to be highly competitive due to the high demand to live and work in Norfolk County communities and the inventory of available property. We will need to wait and see if the increase in property listings is enough to overcome the demands for housing here in the communities of Norfolk County.”

To learn more about these and other Registry of Deeds events and initiatives, “like” us on Facebook at facebook.com/norfolkdeeds. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @norfolkdeeds.

The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds, located at 649 High St., Dedham, is the principal office for real property in Norfolk County. The Registry is a resource for homeowners, title examiners, mortgage lenders, municipalities, and others with a need for secure, accurate, and accessible land record information. All land record research information can be found on the Registry's website, www.norfolkdeeds.org. Residents in need of assistance can contact the Registry of Deeds Customer Service Center at (781) 461-6101 or email us at registerodonnell@norfolkdeeds.org

Monday, March 11, 2024

Norfolk County Monthly Property Sales Increase for 2nd Month

Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O’Donnell reports that Norfolk County recordings in February 2024 show a slight increase in the total number of documents recorded, which includes an increase in property sales and mortgage recordings compared to February 2023. This marks the second month in a row that year over year property sales have increased.

The Registry of Deeds recorded 6,787 documents in February 2024. This was 1% more than in February 2023 and a 10% decrease compared to January 2024.

Norfolk County Monthly Property Sales Increase for 2nd Month
Norfolk County Monthly Property Sales Increase for 2nd Month

“Looking at the recordings from the past few months indicates that real estate activity in Norfolk County seems to be holding steady with some increases in property sales," stated Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O’Donnell. "It is still very early in the year, and with the traditional home buying season yet to begin, it will be important to continue monitoring these trends and to see how external factors, such as interest rates, may impact the real estate market in the coming months to see if this positive momentum will be sustained throughout the year.”

The total number of deeds recorded for February 2024, which reflects both commercial and residential real estate sales and transfers, was 961, which was nearly equal to the number in February 2023. However, looking at just commercial and residential real estate sales, the number was up 1% from last year.

“Despite some difficult market conditions, the total number of commercial and residential property sales in February 2024 showed a slight increase compared to the previous year,” stated Register O’Donnell. “This year-over-year increase may suggest that the prospects of lower mortgage interest rates, predicted by some market observers to come down by the first half of the upcoming year in 2024, are bringing buyers to the table early.”

The average sale price of commercial and residential properties for February 2024 rose to $994,236, a 5% increase compared to February 2023 but a decrease of 2% from January 2024. The total dollar volume of commercial and residential sales is up, increasing 6% from last year but down 11% from last month.

O’Donnell noted, “With a limited supply of available properties on the market, any increase in demand is likely to cause an increase in the average property sales price. Unfortunately, when prices rise without a corresponding rise in inventory, it may result in increased competition among buyers. This makes it harder for homebuyers in general, but especially for first-time homebuyers.”

For the month of February, lending activity showed an increase compared to the same month a year ago, the first time this has happened in over a year. A total of 916 mortgages were recorded in February 2024, up 1% from February 2023 and 4% less than last month.

“The increase in lending activity this month is likely a product of the increase in the number of property transactions compared to 2023,” stated O’Donnell. “This may suggest that while some homeowners are still hesitant to make moves with average mortgage interest rates above 6%, others are not dissuaded by current interest rates, but time will tell if this trend continues.”

The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds continues to closely monitor the foreclosure market. In February 2024, there were 6 foreclosure deeds recorded as a result of mortgage foreclosures taking place in Norfolk County, whereas in February 2023, there were 3 recorded. The total number of notices to foreclose, the first step in the foreclosure process, increased from last year, going from 26 notices in February 2023 to 43 in February 2024.

“We all experience unforeseen events in our lives. Sometimes these events are beyond our control and can have a devastating impact on our finances. I would urge anyone struggling to pay their mortgage or who knows someone who is struggling to contact one of the non-profit organizations listed on our website, www.norfolkdeeds.org,” said O'Donnell.

For the past several years, the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds has partnered with Quincy Community Action Programs (617-479-8181 x376) and NeighborWorks Housing Solutions (617-770-2227) to help anyone facing challenges paying their mortgage. Another option for homeowners is to contact the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Consumer Advocacy and Response Division (CARD) at 617-727-8400.

O’Donnell concluded, “Real estate activity in Norfolk County is showing some positive trends, which is a good start to the year, but the housing market still has a few hurdles to overcome, including a limited inventory of available properties on the market, which is driving up prices and making it difficult for some buyers to find affordable options. To determine whether this positive momentum will last for the entire year, it will be important to keep an eye on these trends and observe how outside factors may affect the real estate market in the upcoming months.”

To learn more about these and other Registry of Deeds events and initiatives, “like” us on Facebook at facebook.com/norfolkdeeds. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @norfolkdeeds.

The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds, located at 649 High St., Dedham, is the principal office for real property in Norfolk County. The Registry is a resource for homeowners, title examiners, mortgage lenders, municipalities, and others with a need for secure, accurate, and accessible land record information. All land record research information can be found on the Registry's website, www.norfolkdeeds.org. Residents in need of assistance can contact the Registry of Deeds Customer Service Center at (781) 461-6101 or email us at registerodonnell@norfolkdeeds.org.

Monday, March 4, 2024

Register O'Donnell reveals Norfolk County’s top 20 real estate sales from 2023

Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O’Donnell reported that during 2023, twenty properties, a mix of commercial and residential, sold for more than $18,000,000, with an average price of $50,868,490.

The prices on the properties listed in this article relate to real estate sales during the period of January 1st, 2023, through December 31st, 2023 that occurred in the 28 communities that make up Norfolk County.

The twenty real estate properties were:
20. 2121 Central Street & Henry Street, Stoughton, a 91-unit, 277-room assisted living facility, sold in April for $18,713,000;
 
19. 210 Grove Street, Franklin, a 167,000-square-foot warehouse and distribution facility, sold in July for $19,500,000;
 
18. 85 John Road, Canton, a 435,600-square-foot research and development facility on 10 acres, sold in August for $22,750,000;
 
17. 102–104 Revere Street, Canton, a 3-story apartment building known as “Millside at Heritage Park,” housing 60 units built on 2.24 acres, sold in February for $26,625,000;
 
16. 206 Grove Street, Franklin, a 150,000-square-foot warehouse and distribution facility, sold in July for $28,000,000;
 
15. Wheeler Circle, Stoughton, the 280-unit apartment complex, known as Stone Ends Apartments, sold in July for $28,972,000;
 
14. 176 Grove Street, Franklin, a 171,000-square-foot freight transportation center and warehouse, was sold in May for $29,500,000;
 
13. 25 & 40 Kenwood Circle, Franklin, A multi-building storage and distribution center with a combined 200,000 square feet of space was sold in July to Boston Infill LLC for $37,500,000;

12. 40 Allied Drive, Dedham/Westwood, The Hilton hotel on the Dedham Westwood border sold in June for $41,900,000;
 
11. 57 Littlefield, Avon, multiple portions of land known as the "Avon Business Center" sold in July for $47,250,000;
 
10. 23.07 acres of land from the former U.S. Naval Air Station in Weymouth, sold in September for $50,000,000;
 
9. Finnell Drive Industrial Park, the 5-building, 246,625-square-foot industrial park located in Weymouth, sold on the last day of August for $51,000,000;
 
8. 45 Maple Street, Stoughton, a 49.98-acre asphalt and pavement quarry, sold on the first day of December for $62,000,000;
 
7. 135 Will Drive, Canton, a 417,014-square-foot warehouse and logistics facility on 26.3 acres of land, sold in December for $68,000,000;
 
6. 1284 Beacon Street, Brookline, the 8-story, 148-unit apartment building known as Pelham Hall, sold in December for $70,000,000;
 
5. Walpole Mall, which sits on 31 acres of land along the Boston Providence Highway, sold in July for $71,950,000 to LCR Walpole LLC;
 
4. 175-185 Campanelli Drive, Braintree, the 494,520-square-foot former United Liquors warehouse and distribution facility, sold in December for $77,500,000;
 
3. 51 Trotter Road, Weymouth, known as the MIO Apartments, an upscale residential studio apartment complex, sold in July for $94,600,000;
 
2. 8 Upland Woods Circle, Norwood, the 262-unit apartments complex known as One Upland, sold in December for $114,300,000;
 
1. The 472-unit apartment complex on the border of Canton and Randolph, known as Prynne Hills, sold in October for $143,500,000.
The top sales appear to have been a combination of apartment complexes, retail, industrial and warehouse space, and distribution facilities.

Register O'Donnell reveals Norfolk County’s top 20 real estate sales from 2023
Register O'Donnell reveals Norfolk County’s top 20 real estate sales from 2023

"The industrial and commercial nature of these developments bodes well for the Norfolk County economy, both in terms of employment and revenue," stated Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O’Donnell. "This also indicates that Norfolk County is not only a desirable place to both live and work but is also a magnet for business, industry, and trade."

Excise taxes mandated by state law from these 20 real estate sales totaled more than $4,639,206 for the state and county.

"Despite a slowdown in overall real estate activity throughout Norfolk County in 2023, there were still pockets of the market that saw significant growth and development, particularly in commercial real estate and rental property," noted Register O’Donnell.

In 2023, there were 8,192 property sales recorded in Norfolk County, down 20% compared to 2022. The average real estate sales price, which include commercial and residential property, was $1,083,609, down 8% from last year.

"With many observers of the market predicting mortgage interest rates to decrease in the first half of the upcoming year in 2024, we hope to see more robust real estate activity in 2024, with continued growth in commercial real estate, rental, and residential properties," said Register O’Donnell.

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The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds, located at 649 High St., Dedham, is the principal office for real property in Norfolk County. The Registry is a resource for homeowners, title examiners, mortgage lenders, municipalities, and others with a need for secure, accurate, and accessible land record information. All land record research information can be found on the Registry's website, www.norfolkdeeds.org. Residents in need of assistance can contact the Registry of Deeds Customer Service Center at (781) 461-6101 or email us at registerodonnell@norfolkdeeds.org.


Thursday, February 8, 2024

Annual Report Of The Board Of Assessors: FY 2023 Report

Revaluation
The revaluation of all real and personal property in the Town of Franklin was completed Autumn 2022 in preparation for Actual Fiscal Year 2023 3rd quarter tax bills. Following is a brief review of that achievement.

Data Collection
Twenty-one years have now passed since we installed the Assesspro real estate valuation and assessment administration software developed by Patriot Properties, Inc. Because our start-up data was from a different form of valuation system and most of our data had not been refreshed in nearly ten years, it was necessary to complete a town-wide data recollection program prior to finalizing the FY 2005 valuations. Patriot Properties was hired for this task. Over the past 18 years, our appraisal staff has performed the on-going property exterior measuring and interior inspecting for all real estate classes.
Such reviews are done for the Department of Revenue (DOR) required cyclical program, as well as for building permitted changes, pre- appraisals, abatements and sales verifications.

Field Review
In addition to individual property on-site review, field reviews are required periodically to check for observed data accuracy and consistency.

This drive-by review provides another level of assurance that when valuation schedules are applied, the results will be "Fair and Equitable".

Commercial/Industrial/Apartment Valuations Annually there are analyses of sales data as well as income & expense market data. The Board contracted Patriot to work with our Director to establish an income approach to value for each property. All requirements of the Massachusetts Department of Revenue were met through final approval of the FY 2023 valuations.

Sales Analysis
The majority of the sales analysis was completed by September 2022, and the interpretation of sales continued through the next two stages of valuation. The town-wide program resulted in a valuation system that was applied uniformly throughout the town, while reflecting all the adjustments warranted individually and by neighborhood, to arrive at "Full and Fair Cash Values" as per Massachusetts General Law.

Value Generation
A system of valuation was established based on valid property sales and where applicable the income approach to value. These schedules were developed from the market and then uniformly applied to all taxable and exempt real property.

Final Value Review
Final reviews were completed in preparation for the DOR review. These include studies of various computer-generated reports to check for value consistency, final field checks required, and for DOR documentation and its analyses.

DOR Review & Final Approval
The on-site and statistical reviews by the DOR took place from April to October 2022. The appraisal staff provided files, generated property records, answered questions and addressed any concerns. At the conclusion of the DOR review, we were granted Preliminary Certification authorizing public disclosure.

Public Disclosure
The DOR approved valuations were available for disclosure to the property owners. While all staff provided property record cards and general data reviews, the Director and the appraisers conducted informal hearings on valuations.

Personal Property Business assets and those of utilities are reviewed for valuation as taxable Personal Property. For twenty-two fiscal years we have engaged the specialized services of Real Estate Research Consultants (RRC) in the discovery and valuation of these accounts. These services have served us well, resulting in DOR approval and consistently defendable valuations. Also, considerable new growth has been certified annually. Additionally, the RRC Personal Property Software installed in our office has benefited us. The personal property valuation formulas are very straightforward, and the administrative capabilities have met our needs.

Classification Hearing & Tax Commitment Following some discussion and a few presentations relative to single versus split tax rates, the Council approved a single tax rate at $12.58 per $1,000 of taxable value as calculated by the Board for all property classes. The tax commitment and mailing were timely for an Actual 3rd Quarter tax bill.

Abatement Reviews
Upon mailing of the tax bills and on or before the due date of the first Actual bill, property owners have an opportunity to file an Abatement Application on the basis of overvaluation or misclassification. 49 abatements applications were filed of 11,753 taxable accounts, or just over 215th of 1%. Generally those with merit were resolved through our conducting a complete on-site exterior measuring and interior inspection. Usually a valuation discrepancy is the result of a data error or as a result of an inspection appointment not arranged and thus the property data used was estimated vs. actual.

Technology Improvements
In addition to our state-of-the-art software for the valuation and administration of both real and personal property, Cartographic Associates, now CAI Technologies of Littleton, NH has continued to maintain the digital1GIS-mapping program it first completed for us for FY 2005.

Following aerial photography and planimetric (physical features) mapping, CAI constructed cadastral tax maps (depicting parcels) through the use of over 5,000 plans and over 15,000 deeds. This new mapping program is annually updated and reconciled with our property records for consistency in both parcel inventory and land area. With the support of the Town Administrator, the Finance Director and the Town Council, we have capacity in our Patriot software to link and utilize the maps with our assessment data file and any other available location-based data. In addition, for the past eighteen years we have provided our parcels and more on the web as AxisGIS for the benefit of both the Town staff and the general public.

Appraisal & Administrative Staffing
The use of automation has minimized the former heavy burden of traditional data processing. Due to this and numerous other office improvements, the Town approved our Staff Restructuring Plan. We have adjusted our administrative support to be shared among the Appraisers who are responsible for continuing to improve our service to the public at the counter and by phone. They have focused these efforts on providing and reviewing public records, Motor Vehicle Excise Tax Commitments and Abatements, Exemption Applications, posting Building Permits and Sales and any other assignments as required. They have continued to train in rotation in various administrative duties and computer applications. The Appraisers have made special efforts in the development and implementation of usable written instructions for the assessing office procedures and for MUNIS financial software applications. These instructions were developed consistent with all Mass. General Law and DOR requirements and are subject to frequent change due to legal changes and software enhancements.
 
Appraisers
We thank Kevin W. Doyle, Director of Assessing for his diligence especially as Director beginning following his first two years here. He has overseen the completion of all our work these past twenty-two fiscal years, seven full revaluations and fifteen interim years of market adjustments. We also acknowledge the support work of Appraiser David Ruberti since July 2005, Appraiser Peter Mooney since August 2004, and Appraiser Susan Reagan since September 2019. Our Director received his Massachusetts Accredited Assessor (MAA) in 1990 and the MAAO Wilson Award in June 2013. Within the past sixteen years all three Appraisers completed their designation required education and experience, being granted their MAA designations and maintaining their periodic recertification.

Town Revenue Enhancements
In addition to meeting all state requirements as well as daily office oversight, the Director and Appraisers have achieved many additional improvements to benefit the Town taxpayers. One such is the efficiencies built into the Motor Vehicle Excise Tax Commitment and Abatement processes in conjunction with the newest MUNIS tax software installation. These excise taxes represent about 5.28 million dollars in locally raised annual revenue, or about 5.5 % of locally raised tax revenue. We assure the citizens that like real and personal property, taxes on these are assessed and abated appropriately and uniformly for the maximum benefit of all. Registry of Motor Vehicles' automation aided the Director and Appraisers to further enhance revenue in assessing dealer and repair plate registrations. As well, with the ongoing automation improvements of the Environmental Police, this professional staff successfully developed a new potential annual revenue stream in the identification and assessment of excise taxes on boats principally situated in Franklin.

On-site Periodic Property Reviews Because we have initiated the cyclical property re-measurement and re-inspection program as prescribed by the Massachusetts DOR, we continue to make various public information efforts to assure property owners have advance information about this on-going program.
Briefly, please note that the purpose of these property visits is to verify that the correct data is being used in the determination of valuations to achieve "full and fair cash value" in accordance with Mass. General Law Chapter 59. The Board appreciates the general public's cooperation in its efforts to serve all property owners of all property types to assure fair and uniform values.

Your Elected Board of Assessors Before entering the performance of his/her duties, each Assessor upon election has taken the oath of office specific to assessors and assistant assessors. Massachusetts General Law has provided that because the DOR Commissioner of Revenue has regulatory oversight over assessing in every city and town, the Commissioner likewise determines the training requirements for the assessors and any assistants. At this time, the Commissioner has determined Course 101, including the Classification Training Workshop, meets the minimum requirements. The full Board of Assessors and all four staff have completed these and have been certified as such by the Mass. Commissioner of Revenue.

The Board looks forward to continuing education opportunities offered by the MA DOR and the professional associations, the Massachusetts Association of Assessing Officers (MAAO), the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO), the Mass. Chapter of the IAAO, the Northeast Regional Association of Assessing Officers and the Norfolk & Suffolk Counties Assessors Association. The assessors have attended seminars and workshops to broaden and reinforce their understanding of property tax law.

In particular, the Board has focused on current and possible future tax relief and deferral options for our disabled and elder citizens. To that goal, following meetings of the Town Senior Outreach Committee, the Board, its Staff and the Office of the Council on Aging continued its broad-based efforts to reach seniors. This has resulted in successfully providing tax relief (exemption) information to additional seniors who owned and occupied their homes.

Also, with the valued assistance of the Town's Veterans' Agent Shannon Nisbett, special efforts are continuously made to identify veterans and their surviving spouses entitled to exemptions, much of it State reimbursable to the Town. We look forward to continuing to work with Shannon and all the Senior Center staff.

All these efforts are consistent with the Board of Assessors commitment to meet its challenges as key Town Financial Team members to the benefit of all the citizens of the Town of Franklin. The Assessing Department is officially a part of the Franklin Finance Division headed by Finance Director Christopher Sandini who also serves as Comptroller. We and especially our staff have been successfully coordinating efforts with Treasurer-Collector Kerri Bertone and look forward to continuing this cooperative and productive work with Chris and Kerri into the Town of Franklin's future.

The close of Fiscal Year 2023 coincided with the first year anniversary of hiring of Council on Aging Director Danielle Hopkins who has been very helpful in this Board's efforts to reach out to Franklin's Seniors assisting in preparing Property Tax Exemption Applications. The Board and the Staff express appreciation for Danielle's contributions and efforts throughout the fiscal year.

Considering the unexpected pandemic, important and valuable office restructuring was done. The three Appraisers are meeting the challenges of our industry, the restructuring and the needs of all the Town of Franklin's citizens, property owners, their agents, Town Officials and Employees, and the Public at large.

As we write, the Board of Assessors and its Staff are preparing to finalize the Real and Personal Property Appraisal files for the Fiscal Year 2024 Interim Year subject to DOR review and final approval. The FY 2022 Revaluation was Franklin's first since the State modified the cycle from three to five years, thus it followed four Interim Year Updates. These next three years will be Interim Year Updates and FY 2027 will be the next Revaluation. Meanwhile, with the cooperation of property owners, the property descriptive information on file will be continuously improved and maintained and we will achieve market-based valuation adjustments that are both Fair & Equitable.

Assessor Ken Norman has announced he is not seeking reelection to the Board in November. We are very grateful for the years of service he has provided to this Board and in many other Town areas both during and previously.

Respectfully submitted, 

Christopher K. Feeley, Chairman 
Daniel Ballinger, Clerk, Assessor
W. Ken Norman, Member, Assessor 
Franklin Board of Assessors

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The full Town of Franklin FY 2023 Annual Report can be found online

Annual Report Of The Board Of Assessors: FY 2023 Report
Annual Report Of The Board Of Assessors: FY 2023 Report

Monday, January 22, 2024

Register O'Donnell Reports on 2023 Annual Real Estate Activity in Norfolk County

Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O'Donnell reports that Norfolk County recordings for 2023 show indicators of less real estate activity as compared to 2022 with decreases in both the total number deeds and mortgages recorded. However, seasonal trends remained consistent, with a decrease in activity during the winter months and an uptick in the spring and summer months.

In 2023, there were 102,188 documents recorded at the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds, a 21% decrease from 2022.

Norfolk County recordings for 2023 show indicators of less real estate activity as compared to 2022
Norfolk County recordings for 2023 show indicators of less real estate activity as compared to 2022

"Looking at the 2023 real estate market, I think most would agree that it was a slow year especially compared to 2021 and 2022's busy home sales. Consumers have been facing a limited inventory of available properties along with rising mortgage interest rates. As an example of these indicators property sales in Massachusetts have dropped 22.5% in 2023," remarked Register of Deeds William P. O'Donnell. "However, Norfolk County's decline was less than the statewide average for the year."

Overall, the County's lending activity showed a continued downward trend. A total of 14,598 mortgages were recorded at the Registry in 2023, 37% less than a year earlier.

According to numbers from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the median interest rate of a 30-year fixed-rate conventional loan started at 6.42% in January 2023 and grew to 7.79% by October 2023.

Register O'Donnell noted, "Those who locked in lower interest rates in 2020 and 2021 are less inclined to refinance or buy property at current mortgage interest rates, leading to fewer mortgages being recorded and fewer existing homes on the market. Furthermore, buyers looking for new property may be hesitant to take on a new mortgage with average interest rates still above 7%."

The number of deeds for 2023, which reflect real estate sales and transfers, both commercial and residential, was 15,253 a decrease of 12% from 2022.

"The scarcity of available real estate due to fewer existing homes on the market and new construction not being able to keep pace with demand is making it more challenging for homebuyers in general, but especially for first-time homebuyers who must now deal with the added cost of higher interest rates," stated Register O'Donnell.

Sale prices for 2023 appear to have decreased slightly compared to 2022. The average sale price for all of Norfolk County, both commercial and residential, this year was $1,083,609 an 8% decrease from 2022. The total dollar volume of commercial and residential sales is also down, decreasing by 26% from one year ago.

"I can understand the frustration some homebuyers may be feeling because right now it is a more complicated process for individuals looking to purchase a home and, especially, first-time homebuyers," said Register O'Donnell. "It is more expensive for home buyers because prices are still high relative to 2021 and 2020 values, and to add to this difficulty, there may be multiple people competing for the same property as well as higher interest rate costs."

The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds has been closely monitoring the foreclosure market. In 2023, there were 73 foreclosure deeds recorded, as a result of mortgage foreclosures taking place in Norfolk County, whereas in 2022, there were 68 recorded. Also concerning is in 2023, there were 339 notices to foreclose, the first step in the foreclosure process, compared to the 308 recorded in 2022.

"The increase in the number of foreclosure deeds and notices to foreclose is troubling. This could suggest that more of our neighbors may have financial difficulties in the future," said O'Donnell. "We will continue to monitor these figures in 2024."

For the past several years, the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds has partnered with Quincy Community Action Programs (617-479-8181 x376) and NeighborWorks Housing Solutions (617-770-2227) to help anyone facing challenges paying their mortgage. Another option for homeowners is to contact the Massachusetts Attorney General's Consumer Advocacy and Response Division (CARD) at 617-727-8400.

"If you are having difficulty paying your monthly mortgage, please consider contacting one of these non-profit agencies for help and guidance," said O'Donnell.

Register O'Donnell concluded, "A limited inventory of properties for sale and buyers who have been facing rising interest rates resulted in an overall slow year for the housing market. While current market conditions may be frustrating to some, especially for first-time homebuyers, it may be comforting to know that Norfolk County's real estate market is doing better compared to state and national averages and remains a desirable place to both live and work in." 

Follow this YouTube link to watch the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds Year in Review segment on Quincy Access Television:  https://www.youtube.com/watch/bHXIGI-HAHg

To learn more about these and other Registry of Deeds events and initiatives, "like" us on Facebook at facebook.com/norfolkdeeds. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @norfolkdeeds.

The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds, located at 649 High St., Dedham, is the principal office for real property in Norfolk County. The Registry is a resource for homeowners, title examiners, mortgage lenders, municipalities, and others with a need for secure, accurate, and accessible land record information. All land record research information can be found on the Registry's website, www.norfolkdeeds.org. Residents in need of assistance can contact the Registry of Deeds Customer Service Center at (781) 461-6101 or email us at registerodonnell@norfolkdeeds.org.