Land Notification


Recorder Alert System Looks to Prevent Property Fraud

The McLeod County Recorder has a website that aims to give residents a way to avoid falling victim to fraud.  A person could forge signatures of homeowners on a new deed and mortgage and walk out with thousands of dollars the same day.  These issues do not occur readily; however, mortgage and real estate fraud does occur in our society.  And even though one specific case of fraud has been brought to our attention here in McLeod County, there is always the possibility that more could happen.  Customers should take a proactive approach to monitoring their investments, and a home is often the largest investment one will make in their lifetime.  This is a great opportunity for citizens of McLeod County and everyone should take advantage of this free service to protect their most valuable assets.

How it Works

The Land Notification system gives you the ability to monitor personal names or business names for real estate activity. You can create one or more alerts that are triggered when real estate records are recorded with the McLeod County Recorder's Office for names identified in the alert. This is a free service.

When an alert is triggered, an email will be sent to the email address you provided in the alert. The email will contain more information about the activity and will have Recorder's Office contact information. Once an alert is created it will search from that day forward. Please keep in mind, when creating alerts, common names, such as "John Smith" may produce many results.

Things to Know

Do Land Notification Alerts cost anything?
This is a free service to property owners provided by the county. You only need to sign up.

What do I need to sign up?
You will need an email account with Google, Yahoo, AOL, or OpenID to sign up for the land notification alerts.

Will I receive unwanted emails?
You will receive an email only when a document with the name you provided is recorded in the official real estate records. You can unsubscribe to the service at any time.

What is property fraud?
Property fraud is when someone illegally uses your name on records related to your property for financial gain or acquisition of your assets.

How often does property fraud happen?
Mortgage and real estate fraud does occur and is a growing crime in our society. Monitoring records on your property is one of the steps in prevention of this crime.

Prevent fraud and sign up for McLeod County Land Notification Alerts at:

 If you have questions or need our assistance, please contact our office:  320-864-1327

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