Register O’Donnell Promotes Registry’s Social Media

Underscoring the importance of communicating directly with the citizens of Norfolk County, Register of Deeds William P. O'Donnell today reminded consumers about the various social media applications made available to them through the Registry.

O'Donnell noted, "Our mission here at the Registry of Deeds is to make important information readily available on a 24/7 basis to all consumers. After all, just because our doors close at the end of the business day doesn't mean the Registry has to stop working. Our website,, is a valuable resource to review scanned images of up to 5 million land documents dating back to 1793, as well as to learn about the latest consumer protection programs."

For example, the register noted that residents can print out an application of the popular Homestead Act on the website, a law which provides a homeowner with limited protection against the forced sale of their primary residence to satisfy unsecured debt up to $500,000, or sign-up directly on-line for its Consumer Notification System that will alert a person anytime a land document has been recorded or amended against their name in Norfolk County.

Additionally noted Register O'Donnell, "There is valuable county real estate information that can be researched and tracked on the website based on the monthly and quarterly real estate statistical reports done by the Registry of Deeds, such as the number of homes sold, average prices of property sold, mortgage discharges, homestead applications and much, much more."

Other forms of social media utilized by the Registry include Facebook,, and Twitter, "Both Facebook and Twitter are great ways for residents and institutional users to be kept up-to-date on  Registry events and initiatives. Among events publicized via these platforms are annual office hours held in each community in Norfolk County by the Registry, computer seminars held bi-annually, and events geared specifically to real estate professionals," said Register O'Donnell.

The Registry has also filmed multiple public service announcements (PSA's) which are available on the Registry's website and Youtube. These PSA's have touched on a variety of issues such as deed scams – where a consumer pays an outrageous cost to a direct mail solicitor for a copy of their deed as compared to purchasing it at the Registry for a few dollars – and also a video on foreclosure assistance for residents who have received a Notice of Foreclose Mortgage from a lender. Videos highlighting the Registry's various philanthropic initiatives, such as its Annual Holiday Food Drive or Suits for Success program, which helps people who are attempting to re-enter the workforce, can also be viewed.

Concluding, Register O'Donnell stated, "My office continues to focus on ways the Internet and social media can provide services 24×7 to Registry customers. A key initiative underway is to make our website easier to access for users of tablets and smartphones. Our goal is to complete this initiative in the near term."

To learn more about these and other Registry of Deeds events and initiatives, like us at or follow us on

The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds, located at 649 High Street, 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, accessible land record information. Residents in need of assistance can contact the Registry of Deeds Customer Service Center via telephone at (781) 461-6101, or on the web at

The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds will be closed on Thursday, July 4th in celebration of Independence Day. We are open Friday, July 5th.

The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds is closed Today, July 4th in celebration of Independence Day. We are open Friday, July 5th.