Recorder of Deeds
The functions of the Recorder of Deeds include recording and indexing documents pertaining to real estate (deeds, mortgages, satisfaction, etc.) and acting as a collection agent for the PA Department of Revenue.
There is a $10.00 return fee service charge on all returned documents.
Checks should be made payable to Pike County Recorder of Deeds.
Ten Commandments of Recording Documents
- Caption date vs. acknowledgment date: the acknowledgment should not predate the caption.
- The acknowledgment must include the following: county, state, date, persons/corporate officers (names and titles) appearing, and the notary's signature, seal, and expiration date. If any of the above is missing, the acknowledgment will be considered defective.
- Deeds, Mortgages, and Assignments should indicate the property's township, county, and state.
- The written amount must match the numerical amount on all deeds and mortgages.
- Book and page numbers of mortgages must appear on all documents that refer back to an original mortgage
- Checks submitted for payment of taxes and fees must be in the correct amount.
- Multiple papers constituting one transaction must be clearly numbered to indicate the order in which they are to be placed on record. Any re-recording expenses resulting from an improper order of documents will be paid for by the party submitting the instrument for recording.
- Documents presented for recording with property in more than one municipality must clearly state the division of the local Transfer Tax in dollar amounts.
- All deeds, mortgages, and assignments of mortgage should have a grantee, mortgagee, or assignee address. Grantee address should be signed.
- All foreign documents must include written English translations to be recorded along with the original instrument..