Q: What are the recording fees?
A: $14.00 for the first page and $3.00 for each additional page and 8.60 per thousand transfer for the transfer tax (rounded up to the nearest $500).
Q: What is the transfer tax?
A: The transfer tax is a tax on the sale price of property. It changed with the enactment of proposal "A" effective in 1995, $1.10 per thousand is county tax and $7.50 per thousand is state tax.
Q: Do you mail my document back to me?
A: If you would like your document mailed back to you, you must send a self-addressed, postage paid envelope for the return of your document.
Q: How do I get a copy of my deed?
A: We need the Liber and page where your deed was recorded or the date (the year) it was recorded, your name at the time the deed was recorded or your legal description.
Q: Who can get a copy of my deed?
A: Anyone, once your document is recorded it is public record.
Q: How do I put someone's name on my deed or how do I take someone's name off my deed?
A: You need to have an attorney help you draft your document the way that you want it and then bring it in to our office (or mail it) and we record it.
Q: My spouse passed away and our property is in both our names, what do I do?
A: Bring in a certified, sealed copy of the death certificate and we will record it.
Q: What is the difference between a plat map and a plat book?
A: A plat map is a subdivided property. A plat book is a book of the whole county broke into parcels larger than 10 acres or more.
Q: Do you sell plat books?
A: Yes, the Register of Deeds Office sells the plat books as a service for the Montcalm County 4-H Association. The 4-H produces and sets the price of the plat book. All proceeds go to the 4-H.