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BACKGROUND: On March 21, 2019, the Cook County Board of Commissioners passed the Predictable Recording Fee Ordinance. This Ordinance is designed to make it easier for customers to calculate the price of recording a document with the Recorder of Deeds Office. Once this ordinance becomes effective, the fee for recording the vast majority of documents […]

New Service! Paperless Record Certification with Blockchain

As her final innovation as Recorder of Deeds, Karen A. Yarbrough is announcing that the Cook County Recorder of Deeds will soon offer paperless Certified Digital Files, in addition to certified paper copies. This expansion of service, made possible with the help of Onyx Electronics, will allow customers to obtain a certified copy of an […]

MyDec to be Required for All County Conveyances

MyDec to be Required for All County 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 – The requirement to use MyDec is already in effect for all […]

Resource Guide for Chicago Deeds (plus free forms!)

One of the number one questions the Cook County Recorder of Deeds (CCRD) office receives daily is, “How can I add or remove my spouse/child/partner/parent to my home’s deed?” For properties in suburban Cook County, the answer to that question is relatively simple, and usually only involves three things: 1. Some type of deed/conveyance instrument, […]

Property After Death: How to Develop A Plan

One of the most frequently-asked questions we get when we are out in the community is how to get started planning a future for real property after the owner dies….something we are calling “Property After Death.” It is wonderful to hear that so many are thinking about the future, and things they can do while […]

Local Realtor First in Illinois to Offer Fraud Alert Signup

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Thanks to a new state law authored by Cook County Recorder of Deeds (CCRD) Karen A. Yarbrough, Tracey B. Williams of A.R.E. Partners in Chicago became the first Realtor/Broker in Illinois to become an official registrar for CCRD’s Free Property Fraud Alert monitoring service. CCRD’s Free Property Fraud Alert is a software program that scans […]