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Jacobs says e-recording of deeds is the wave of the future

Erie County Clerk Christopher L. Jacobs is urging prospective home buyers to start closing on their homes electronically at their attorney’s office instead of trekking downtown to Old County Hall.

The clerk’s office now allows homeowners to electronically record, or e-Record, their deeds and related documents.

“We believe e-recording of deeds and mortgages will give home buyers a much more convenient option in terms of closing and hope over time decrease closing costs,” said Jacobs.

When Jacobs first took office three years ago, he found that the Real Estate Division had more than 100,000 deeds and mortgages that went unreturned to homeowners. He also found $3 million dollars in uncashed checks. Jacobs has since introduced new efficiencies to the division that have enhanced the more than 185,000 transactions that were made in the Real Estate Division last year.

“When I took office three years ago, not one document type in our Land Records Division could be processed electronically. All had to be transacted in paper. Now 99 percent of our transactions can be done electronically,” Jacobs said.

For more information on how to begin e-recording deeds and deed related documents with the County Clerk’s Office, visit www.erie.gov/clerk/erecord or call 858-8797.