Wake County Register of Deeds has Great New Website

by Christopher Simmons on July 30, 2011

Laura Riddick helping Wake County real estate attorneys again

Wake County Register of Deeds Laura Riddick helping Wake County residents and real estate attorneys once again.

Recently, the Wake County Register of Deeds, Laura Riddick, unveiled her new website.  It looks great and even  has a post right up front explaining the changes and improvements to the site:

The Wake County’s Register of Deeds Office is launching a web site overhaul this week that improves the heavily-used public service’s functionality and design. The upgraded site is built on the latest web technology, enabling superior speed, capacity, graphics, and visual appeal. Also enhanced is the site’s logical organization, now providing multiple places and ways to find information, and improved data access, document updates, and management of millions of online images. The changes will make it easier for users to access information on their own, and reduce ROD phone support demands. A new search feature makes it easier for online customers to find what they’re looking for.

Document printing will now be in true what-you-see-is-what-you-get format, and customers can adjust the font size on their screens for maximum readability. A built-in pdf converter is now available as well as a new e-mail forwarding option which will allow customers to instantly share site information with friends, relatives, business partners, and colleagues.

The new site automatically detects when customers are connecting via mobile devices such as Blackberries and iPhones, and adjusts the page format accordingly for proper display. The new website can accommodate additional features in the future such as RSS feeds, streaming video, social media, online payments, and even built-in applications such as weather updates. Please feel free to send comments to rodwebmaster@wakegov.com.

Great new Search Screen & On-Line Records back to 1785!

One feature that I really like and routinely use is the new Real Estate Online Records Search.  The user-interface is cleaner and easier to use than before.  Also, you can now immediately get a PDF of an entire recorded document just by clicking on the PDF icon in the search results.  Finally, and most importantly, Laura has shown outstanding leadership in getting old records on line, so it is not necessary to go to the vault to search title or look up an ancient deed.  In many other of North Carolina’s 100 counties, this is simply not the case.  Here, in Wake County, as the new website states,

Recorded legal documents back to 1785 are available in BOOKS [, the on line search].

The site does caution you that it is built to run only with Internet Explorer.  I prefer Chrome and have found that with a couple of easy changes to Chrome’s settings, everything works just fine.

Wake County Register of Deeds Laura Riddick has done an Outstanding Job

The Wake County Register of Deeds website has always been a great resource for Wake County lawyers. The real estate documents help Wake County real estate litigators, for example Raleigh real estate dispute lawyers who have to retrieve and analyze recorded deeds and other instruments to represent their clients in partition actions, adverse possession disputes, or boundary disputes.

So, thanks very much (again), Laura, for helping Wake County residents and the real estate bar.

BTW: If you are interested in the specific settings I used to get Chrome to work with the Wake County Register of Deeds Website, just leave me a comment or shoot me an email.