Frequently Asked Questions

Stewart K. Sanders
Register of Deeds
  • 1087 Newell St, PO Box 885
    White Cloud, MI 49349
    M-F, 8 AM – 5 PM
  • (231) 689-7246
    (231) 689-7271

Yes, you may obtain your deeds and land contract forms from our office for a small fee of $0.75 a piece for a deed and $1.00 a piece for a land contract form.

Cash and Check. We do accept credit or debit cards, however, a service charge is added for this method of payment. If the payment is $100.00 or less the service charge is $3.50. If the payment is greater than $100 then the service fee is 3.5% of the total payment..

A search may be done by: name, tax code, or legal description (obtain from Equalization Department or local township).

No, grantee (buyer)/grantor (seller) searches are free.

A search done by the legal description.

We do not do searches for you. However, you may use our records for your inquiries.

Our records for deeds have been indexed back to 1915 and we are adding more documents daily. Our records go back to 1840.

We cannot answer that. We only deal with land records. Check with either your township, the State Archives, or the Building Inspector’s Office.

No, deeds are only for the land, not the structures that sit on the land.

If it is a recorded subdivision or recorded site condominium.

Only if it has been surveyed and recorded.

We require a self-addressed stamped envelope for everything that comes through our office.

No, only documents with original signatures can be recorded.

 No, recording fees are due and payable at time of recording. They cannot be billed.

No, court documents must be certified to be recorded. This applies to Death Certificates, as well.

A Sheriff’s Deed is recorded within 20 days from the date of sale. Prior to recording, contact at (231)652-7674 for sale information.

Tax paid by the seller of the property on the amount of money the property sold for. See example below.

There is a county transfer tax fee of $1.10 per thousand dollar transaction. The state transfer tax fee is $7.50 per thousand dollar transaction.

Example: A house was sold for $100,000 (the sales price is rounded up the nearest $500 dollars)

House Sales Price: $100,000

State Transfer Tax fee is: $750.00

County Transfer Tax fee is: $110.00

Total Transfer Tax fee is: $860.00

A house sold for $100,000.01, (we would use the figure $100,500 for the sales price.)

House Sales Price: $100,000.01, round to $100,500

State Transfer fee is: $753.75

County Transfer Tax fee is: $110.55

Total Transfer Tax Fee is: $864.30

Yes, please see the Transfer Tax Exemptions here.

The document must be recorded in each county. The Transfer Tax is pro-rated and paid to each county.

 We are located in White Cloud, Michigan in the red roofed Administration Building.