O'Donnell told Sharon Adult Center and Council on Aging's Over 60 Men's Club members that filing under the Massachusetts Homestead Act is the main message they should remember from his talk.
"When your house is an asset, people are going to look at that," O'Donnell said at the Sharon Community Center.
O'Donnell included details about the Homestead Act, including a filing form, in an information packet for guests today.
The packet highlighted some of the services offered at the registry, in Dedham. Two of O'Donnell's staff members then answered guests' questions on laptop computers.
The registry is "an arm of government that many people don't know about" but which serves a significant need, O'Donnell said.
"When you think about it, the biggest asset is your home," he said.
People use the registry for such needs as real estate matters and genealogy, he said.
O'Donnell said he operates the registry as "a people business."
A customer service center is among the changes to the registry since O'Donnell became register in 2002, he said.
The registry also has more than 50 public computers, more than prior to 2002, he said.
"A lot of times, people were fighting over the computers. We don't have that anymore," O'Donnell said.
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