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Massachusetts Property Records

What are Massachusetts Property Records?

Massachusetts property records are legal documents that contain information about a piece of property with or without buildings. Typically, these are called "deeds" and include the property owner's name and other information. After a real estate closing, a new deed is filed with the recorder of deeds in the county where the property is located.

Massachusetts property records pertain to buildings and land, and prospective buyers may want to consult Mass property records before purchasing to check for liens, tax problems, foreclosures, or other issues. Disputes about land ownership are typically processed through Land Court.

 

Where to Find Massachusetts Property Records

Massachusetts property records are recorded and stored within each county registry of deeds office. For counties that were disbanded in the late 1900s, you can find records with the Secretary of the Commonwealths.

You can search Massachusetts property records online by visiting the Massachusetts Land Records website. You can also use this resource to locate your own deed and determine which office recorded it. You may also visit the county records of deeds office in person or use InfoTracer’s powerful search engine to quickly and easily find Massachusetts property records.

Although initially, all Massachusetts registry of deeds offices were county-regulated, in the late 1900s, the Secretary of the Commonwealths took over, and now all records are overseen by that office. The Secretary of the Commonwealths also handles all Massachusetts unclaimed property.

 

What Information Can You Find in Mass Property Records?

Massachusetts property records are public records that contain a lot of information, such as:

  • Current & Past Owners
  • Purchase History
  • Property Value
  • Tax Amount
  • Mortgage Records
  • Town Records
  • Property Details
  • Liens & Judgments
  • Neighborhood Info
  • Zoning Class
  • Boundary Lines
  • Property Address Including Street Name.
  • Contact Information
  • And More

Typically, when searching through property records in Mass, you can find the homeowners’ mailing address, the number of bedrooms, baths, amenities, mortgage details, foreclosures, construction disputes, and other specifics about the land or buildings.

 

Massachusetts Property Tax Records

Massachusetts property tax records refer to the amount the town or city charges the property owner for the land and buildings. The town assessor values the property and sets the property tax rate. Each year the owner is responsible for paying the taxes on the property.

Massachusetts has one of the highest property tax rates in the country ($15.25 for every $1,000 of property value), with an average cost of $6,372 per property, which equates to 1.524%. Property tax rates in Mass fluctuate based on the town and real estate values combined with inflation.

The towns with the highest tax rates are Longmeadow, where most properties are valued at around $380k, and the averages taxes are just under $10k. Weston, Lincoln, Sherborn, and Wellesley also have very high tax rates. Coincidently, Massachusetts towns around the Cape and surrounding areas have high property values but low tax rates because most are rental or vacation properties.

Towns with the lowest tax rates in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are Waltham, Lowell, Revere, Haverhill, and Peabody.

 

Massachusetts Registry of Deeds Offices

Massachusetts property records are a valuable source of data. Some of the top counties within the state where you can find property records and Massachusetts property tax information include:

Suffolk County Property Records
24 New Chardon Street
P.O. Box 9660
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-788-6221
Fax: 617-720-4163
Suffolk County Registry of Deeds - Real Estate Records

Norfolk County Registry of Deeds
Register William P. O'Donnell
649 High Street
Dedham, MA 02026
Phone: 781-461-6101
https://www.norfolkdeeds.org/

Dukes County Registry of Deeds
81 Main St.
P.O. Box 5231 (For USPS Mail)
Edgartown, MA 02539
Phone: (508) 627-4025
Fax: (508) 627-7821
https://dukescountydeeds.com

Barnstable County Registry of Deeds
3195 Main Street, P.O. Box 368
Barnstable, MA 02630
Phone: (508) 362-7733
Fax: (508) 362-5065
Barnstable County Registry of Deeds

Franklin County Registry of Deeds
43 Hope Street
P.O. Box 1495
Greenfield, MA 01302
Phone: 413 772-0239
Fax: 413-774-7150
Franklin County Registry of Deeds

Northern Bristol County Register of Deeds
11 Court Street
Taunton, MA 02780
Phone: 508-822-0502
Northern Bristol County MA Registry of Deeds

Bristol County Register of Deeds
25 N. 6th Street
New Bedford, MASS 02740
Phone: 508-993-2603
Fax: 508-997-4250
https://newbedforddeeds.com

Lowell Registry of Deeds/Middlesex North Registry of Deeds
370 Jackson St.
Lowell, MA 01852
Phone: (978) 322-9000
Fax: (978) 322-9001
Middlesex North Registry of Deeds - Real Estate Records

Plymouth County Registry of Deeds
50 Obery Street
Plymouth MA 02360
Phone: (508) 830-9200
Fax: (508) 830-9280
Plymouth County Registry

Middlesex South County Property Records
208 Cambridge Street, P.O. Box 68
Cambridge, MA 02141
Phone: 617-679-6300
Fax: 617-577-1289
Middlesex South Registry of Deeds - Real Estate Records

Cambridge Registry of Deeds
Visit Middlesex South Country of Deeds

Essex County Mass Registry of Deeds
Southern Essex District Registry of Deeds
Shetland Park, 45 Congress Street
Suite 4100
Salem, MA 01970
Phone: 978-542-1700
https://salemdeeds.com/salemdeeds/Default2.aspx

 
 

Frequently Asked Questions About Mass Property Records

How Do I Find Out Who Owns a Property in Massachusetts?

You can easily find out who owns a property in Massachusetts by visiting the Secretary of the Commonwealths Massachusetts Land Records’ website (mass.gov) or using InfoTracer for a quick and easy property records search. You may also visit the individual registry of deeds office in person for a certified copy of registered land records and a listing of recording fees.

How Do I Find Property Details Online?

Visit the Secretary of the Commonwealths' website to search real property records online. You can also use InfoTracer's powerful search engine to find property records and related property tax records within the state of Massachusetts and across the country.

Where are Deeds Recorded in MA?

The Secretary of Commonwealths' office regulates all registry of deeds offices. The deeds are recorded and kept by each individual registry of deeds office in the country. They have websites where you can find out more about each office, their visiting hours, and how to find records. Some may list each member of the board of assessors for that area and provide information on property record protections.

What Registry of Deeds is in Tyngsboro, MA?

For properties located in Tyngsboro, Mass, you must visit the Middlesex North Registry of Deeds office or website for information.

How Do I Find Out About Massachusetts Unclaimed Property?

To find out about Massachusetts unclaimed property, visit findmassmoney.com, the state’s official website for finding unclaimed property. You can use this resource to search for unclaimed property, check on an existing claim, or upload necessary documentation. You can also use InfoTracer to find unclaimed property.

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