What is a Deed of Trust?

A Deed of Trust, also know as a mortgage, is a lien on property to ensure payment of the money due to a lender.  It is a separate document recorded in the land records.  Every time a loan is made (or refinanced), a new document is recorded.   Once a Deed of Trust is paid off (or refinanced), the lender is required to record a Deed of Release referencing the specific document number of the Deed of Trust being shown as paid.

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1. What is the Recorder's Office?
2. What is a Deed of Trust?
3. Will the Recorder of Deeds Office Prepare My Documents?
4. Will the Recorder of Deeds Office Notarize My Documents?
5. What are the most common Deeds?
6. What if I have lost my Deed?
7. Can I Search Jefferson County Records Online?
8. Which Blank Forms May I Obtain From the Recorders Office?
9. Does the Recorder of Deeds File Reports with Credit Bureaus?
10. What are the Steps in the Recording Process?
11. Can I make my own Deed(s)?
12. How do I find the deed to my property?
13. What Do I Bring To The Recorder to Show I am Ordained?
14. Can I Record Documents in Jefferson County for Property Located in Other Counties?
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16. How Do I Get a Copy of My Marriage License?
17. What fees are charged regarding the documents and services provided by the Recorder of Deeds office?