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North Carolina - Buncombe County Recorder Information

The register of deeds is responsible for recording and maintaining records related to real property in Buncombe County.

Recording Fees

To record a real estate document, the fee is $26 for the first 15 pages. Each additional page is $4.

For deeds of trust and mortgages, the fee is $64 for up to 35 pages. Each additional page is $4.

A non-standard document is $25, plus regular recording fees.

Multiple instruments presented as one are $10 each to record.

An instrument with excessive recording data, i.e., more than 20 names will cost an additional $2 per name above 20.

Document Formatting Requirements

* Documents must be typed or printed in black ink with a minimum font size of 9 point on white paper sized 8.5 x 11 inches or 8.5 x 14 inches. Blanks in an instrument may be completed in pen; corrections may also be made in pen.

* Printing should be single-sided only.

* On the top of the first page, there should be a blank margin of 3 inches. The remaining margins on the first page should be a minimum of of an inch. Subsequent pages should have a minimum margin of 1/4 of an inch for all sides.

* The type of instrument shall be stated on the first page, below the 3 inch top margin.

* The name of the person who prepared the deed or deed of trust must be listed on the face of the document.

* Documents must list a return address on the first page.

* The address of the grantee must be given on the face of the deed for tax purposes.

* The original signature of each grantor named in the document is required.

* Documents must have proper notary acknowledgment.

* If the instrument is evidencing a conveyance of real property it must reflect the amount of excise tax to be paid by the grantor at a rate of $2 per $1,000. This does not apply if the transfer is by operation of law, by lease for a term of years, by or pursuant to the provision of a will, by intestacy, by gift, by merger or consolidation, by instruments securing indebtedness (such as a deed of trust or mortgage), or where no consideration in property or money is due or paid by the transferee to the transferor.