The Real Estate Deal, Decluttered: Blockchain and Deed Recording

Throughout the past decade, blockchain technology has evolved from an upstart concept to early adoption in banking and a host of other industries. Many people are eager to learn about blockchain and how it can change the way we do business.

What, we might wonder, can the blockchain do to remedy the hurdles and risks that pervade the real estate industry?

The question is now ripe. Today, we can review early examples of blockchain technology in action, modernizing property conveyance. Specifically, blockchain applied to real estate has obvious potential for improving the deed recording process.

How will blockchain make things better?

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MyDec to be Required for All Cook County Illinois Real Estate Conveyances

Effective January 21, 2019, prior to recording, all Cook County property conveyance instruments must be accompanied by an electronically-completed Cook County Real Estate Transfer Tax Declaration, aka, a “MyDec,” which can be completed via the Illinois Department of Revenue’s MyDec Transfer Tax Portal – https://mytax.illinois.gov/mydec The requirement to use MyDec is already in effect for all property transfers in the City of Chicago, and is being extended to all property in Cook County, including “exempt” and “non-exempt” transfers. This requirement does not alter any local municipal requirements for transferring property, and must be fulfilled, even if the instrument is accompanied by a Grantor/Grantee Affidavit.

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Recording Real Estate Document in Hawaii: What the FAQ?

Documents affecting real property in Hawaii can be recorded in either the Land Court, also referred to as the Torrens system, or in the Regular System (also referred to as the Abstract system). A document recorded in both is referred to as “dual system recording.” Both are managed by Hawaii’s single statewide recorder, the Bureau of Conveyances, situated in Honolulu (there are no county offices of the recorder).

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Land Registration System in Ohio – The Torrens System

The Torrens System was enacted in Ohio in 1913 and is still used in parts of the state. The original goal of the Torrens System of land registry was to compile all records relating to a parcel on a single certificate as a way to simplify record-keeping. Land registration involves legal fees and court proceedings and thus turned out to be more complex than recorded land, which has made registration unpopular. Currently, the land registry system only operates in a few Ohio counties.

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Understanding the Difference Between Recorded Land and Registered Land in Massachusetts

The Torrens Act (Registered Land) is named after Sir Robert Torrens, an Australian customs administrator who established a system of recording ownership of ships in the 1850s. This system eventually spread to English speaking countries. Under the Registered Lands system, the owner’s certificate of title defeats any competing claims on the property that were not declared at the initial proceedings.

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