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Monday, April 1, 2024   /   by Richard Eimers


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By Richard Eimers April 1, 2024

In recent years, deed fraud has become increasingly prevalent, posing a significant threat to homeowners. Deed fraud occurs when someone unlawfully alters property ownership documents to transfer ownership without the rightful owner's consent. This nefarious act can result in homeowners losing their homes and facing extensive legal battles to reclaim their property. However, there are several proactive measures homeowners can take to protect themselves from falling victim to deed fraud.
First and foremost, it's crucial to regularly monitor your property's deed and other related documents. Keep track of any changes or transactions involving your property by regularly reviewing public records and statements from your mortgage lender. Look out for any unauthorized changes or suspicious activity, such as unexpected alterations to the deed or unauthorized mortgage applications.
Another essential step is to secure your personal information and sensitive documents. Identity thieves often target homeowners by obtaining personal information such as social security numbers, birth certificates, and other identifying documents. Safeguard these documents by storing them in a secure location, such as a locked safe or a safety deposit box at your bank. Additionally, be cautious when sharing personal information online or with unfamiliar individuals or organizations.
Consider adding extra layers of security to your property's title by purchasing title insurance. Title insurance can provide financial protection in the event of deed fraud or other title-related issues. It's essential to choose a reputable title insurance company with a track record of reliability and excellent customer service. While title insurance requires an upfront investment, it can offer invaluable peace of mind knowing that your property's title is protected.
Furthermore, consider implementing additional security measures to safeguard your property against unauthorized access. Install security cameras, motion-activated lights, and alarm systems to deter potential intruders and monitor activity around your home. Secure access points such as doors and windows with sturdy locks and consider investing in smart home technology that allows you to remotely monitor and control your home's security systems.
Regularly communicate with your mortgage lender and other relevant parties to ensure that your property's ownership information is accurate and up to date. Notify your lender immediately if you suspect any fraudulent activity or unauthorized changes to your property's deed. Prompt action can help prevent further complications and expedite the resolution process in the event of deed fraud.
Additionally, consider seeking legal advice from a qualified real estate attorney if you believe you may be at risk of deed fraud or if you've already fallen victim to it. An attorney can provide guidance on how to protect your rights and navigate the legal process of reclaiming your property. They can also assist you in taking legal action against the perpetrators of deed fraud and seeking restitution for any damages incurred.

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