Project 1

This project in this class is designed to expose the student to a practical skill helpful only in the real estate business but also in every day living.

The project is to trace the chain of title for the property located at 576 Lawn Drive, Lucinda (Grantee: Clara and Jerry Belloit, January 1998, 483/233.)   For those students not living in Clarion County, check with me about the property assignment.  It is due April 15.

A chain of title is a record of each transaction affecting the title to a piece of property beginning with the very first time the property transferred ownership. For this project you will begin with the last transaction and work your way backward through the history of transactions of the property back as far as you can go. As you will notice the property in question is my personal residence in Lucinda. Therefore, the first transaction you should record is the deed with which I acquired the title to the property. The transaction is recorded in January 1998.

To begin the project you will need to go to the Clarion County Courthouse. This is the building located at the quarter of fifth Avenue and Main Street across from the park. The office that you need to go to it is the Register of Deeds. It is located on the first floor of the courthouse building on the left hand side of the hall as you enter through the main door. It will be the last office on your left.  The official records are kept in the two rooms located to the right of the office as you enter into the Registrarís Office.

Youíll find the location of the deed that I acquired the property with by looking in the Grantor/Grantee index located in the first room the right off of the office. You may go past the help counter to get to that room.  Look for the volume containing the transactions for 1990. Look in the grantee section of volume under the name Belloit. There you will find the book number and page number where my deed may be found. Youíll then need to go to the adjacent room, find the book number in this stacks, and turn to the indicated page number. That should be my deed.

For each deed in the chain of title, there are seven items of information you need to record. For each deed I wish to know the book number, page number, the date the transaction, the type of deed, the grantor, the grantee, and the indicated sales price.

A careful examination of about the first or second paragraph of the deed will usually show you a reference to where the grantor received title. Once again, this reference is in the form of a book and page number. The next thing you do is to look up that deed and record the necessary information from it. Then examine that deed for the reference to the previous deed and thus continue as far back as you can.

Once you have traced the deed back to the early 1900s, youíll notice that the deeds no longer are typed. Some of them can be rather difficult to read.

About the most youíll be able to trace the deed will be to the mid 1700s. Going beyond that would require that you go to the Armstrong County courthouse because much of Clarion County came from Armstrong County. If you wanted to go back far enough you have to go to the Philadelphia County courthouse.

I would suggest that you take a copy of this page with you to the courthouse along with a copy of the project form you will fill out and submit over the Internet using the http://online.clarion.edu site.