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The office of the Recorder of Deeds in Union County, Pennsylvania records documents related to real property in the county. These records include deeds, easements, and other instruments used in the conveyance of property. Recording requirements must be met and fees must be paid before recording can take place. The office of the recorder of deed also collects state and local realty transfer taxes.
This includes four names, four pages, and one parcel. Each additional name is $1 each. Each additional page is $4. Each additional parcel is $1. The Statement of Value is $3 and is to be filed in duplicate.
This includes four names, four pages, and one parcel. Each additional name is $0.50 each. Each additional page is $2. Each additional parcel is $0.50. The Statement of Value is $1.50 and is to be filed in duplicate. Attachments to Affidavit of Value (counted as pages of document)
Certified copies are $1.50 for the certification fee and 25 cents per document page.
If a document is rejected for recording, it will be sent back and a $3 fee will be charged.
Realty transfer taxes are 1% for state and 1% for local. Separate checks are required for each tax and the recording fee.
All checks should be made payable to the Union County Recorder of Deeds. Checks should be written for the correct amount. No refunds will be given.
A stamped self-addressed envelope should be provided with all documents that need mailed back.
Contact the Union County Recorder at 570-524-8761 for more details on recording fees.
1. A deed must be acknowledged before the Recorder of Deeds can consider it. An acknowledgment must include the county and state. The name of the person acknowledging should be given exactly the same as it appears in the document. Other necessary elements are a notary signature, notary stamp, and the notary expiration date. The acknowledgment date should be on or after the execution date of the document.
2. Submit documents on white 8.5 x 11 inch paper. Margins should be a minimum of 1-inch and should be free from all markings.
3. A complete legal description of the real property must be present. This should include the municipality and county.
4. The Uniform Parcel Identifier number that has been assigned to the parcel must be stated on the document. For assistance with this, contact the County Mapping Department. In order for a recorded document to provide constructive notice under the Pennsylvania recording laws, it must have a Uniform Parcel Identifier number.
5. A signed Certificate of Residence, with the grantee's name and mailing address should be attached to the deed.
6. A deed should state the true consideration of the property or should be accompanied by an original Affidavit of Value. If claiming an exemption from taxation, the deed must be accompanied by an original and fully completed Affidavit of Value.
7. If multiple documents constituting one transaction are submitted, the order of recording must be clearly indicated. The party submitting the documents is responsible for any re-recording expenses resulting from an improper order of recording.
8. Any corrective documents must include a reference to the document being corrected, as well as the reason for correction. A corrective deed must also include a Statement of Value and a recorded copy of the document being corrected.
9. A re-recorded document must be acknowledged again, and must also include the reason for re-recording.
10. When submitting a deed that pertains to property in more than one municipality, the percentage of local transfer tax for each municipality must be stated.
Statement of Value:
A Statement of Value is necessary whenever (1) the full consideration is not set forth in the deed, (2) when the deed is without consideration or is by gift, or (3) a tax exemption is claimed. A Statement of Value is not required if the transfer is wholly exempt from tax based on familial relationship or public utility easement.
If the transfer is between family members, the relationship must be stated on the deed.
The Statement of Value must be completed in its entirety and submitted in duplicate with a reason for the exemption and the amount of exemption.
A Statement of Value must also be submitted for easements and rights-of-ways.