2014: On April 23, in a letter to the editor of the Lynn Item, Register O'Brien says, "Fannie and Freddie should have to pay." Click here for the full article

2013: On November 20, Register John O'Brien and First Assistant Kevin Harvey appeared on LynnCam to discuss the Mortgage Fraud Crisis still affecting the country. 

On November 15, 2013, an ordinance passed by the City of Lynn goes into effect that requires those filing for foreclosure against property located in Lynn to produce a "Right to Cure" letter to the mortgagor. These letters which are required under M.G.L. Chapter 244, Section 35A, are filed with the Land Court in order for an Order of Notice to be issued. If the Right to Cure letter is dated on or after June 17, 2013, the Right to Cure letter must also be accompanied by a Certificate of Mediation Completion issued by the City of Lynn in order for the foreclosure deed to be recorded. The Southern Essex District Registry of Deeds will not accept foreclosure documents for recordation that do not comply with the City of Lynn Ordinance For a complete copy of the Ordinance please see: Lynn Ordinance

In April, The Mass General Laws Acts of 2012 have amended the Declaration of Homestead form to provide protection from foreclosure for deployed service members. Click here for more information or click here for our Homestead FAQ's

On February 6, the Eagle Tribune reports "Register of Deeds will continue to go after $1.3M in Restitution from 'robosigner'" click here to read the article

On January 20, Southern Register of Deeds seeks Restitution    Click here to read the Newburyport News article

On January 9, Please be advised that companies are contacting property owners and implying that "A Substantial Tax Lien" has been recorded at the Registry of Deeds against their property. These companies are offering to assist property owners to locate and release these Liens for a considerable fee. The Registry of Deeds will assist you in locating these documents at no cost to you. Should a Lien be found we will explain the steps necessary to Release the Lien. Please contact Customer Service at 978-542-1704 with any additional questions.

2012: On September 5, CBS News: Homeowners, Advocates want bank Reps jailed for Foreclosure Fraud  Click here to view the article and interview

On June 22, Henrietta Eaton and the Boston Foreclosure Party   Click here to read more

On February 17, Register O'Brien warns of settlement scamPeople have been receiving scam phone calls claiming to have information for consumers eligible to receive money from the mortgage settlement.  It is unknown if the callers are posing as bank employees or as a third party working on behalf of the banks, but they are asking for consumers' bank account information in order to direct deposit the money.  Borrowers should contact their mortgage servicers directly in order to obtain information on what they may qualify for under the settlement.  Register O'Brien wants to remind you to always be cautious when discussing personal information over the phone.

On January 27, Register John O'Brien works with Mayor James Fiorentini and Chairman of The House Ways and Means Brian Dempsey to land a grant for the City of Haverhill. Click here to read the article
Click here to see the picture

On January 18, O'Brien calls for criminal action against the big banks; says they acted like "Criminal Enterprise" Click here to read the press release

2011: On December 2, John O'Brien interviewed by Lisa Myers, Senior Investigative correspondent for NBC "Nightly News with Brian Williams." Click here to see the video

Salem News reports: "Salem register 'thrilled' by AG suit vs. banks"
Click here to read the article

On December 1, Register O'Brien on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.  Click here to see the video from 12/1/11

On November 18, The Registry of Deeds kicked off its 2nd annual food drive to benefit local food pantries.  Employees and customers are encouraged to donate a few nonperishable or canned goods. 
Our motto is "how may we help you?" and this holiday season we ask you to help us help others. Please bring a few nonperishable goods to the Registry, there are collection boxes placed around the building.
Thank you!

On October 21, AMVONA reports: "Houston, we've got a problem - Bevilacqua." Click here to read the article.

On October 7, Salem News editorial: Big banks to face bay state test, Click here to read the editorial.

On October 6, Attorney General Martha Coakley announces her intention to sue the banks; Click here to read the article from the Lynn Item.

In August, To read REBA's Letter regarding MERS from 8/8/11, Click here
To Read Register O'Brien's Response from 8/30/11 Click here
To read Register O'Brien's Response from 9/20/11 Click here

On August 24, Essex County Register of Deeds John O'Brien today expressed outrage at the removal of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman from a leadership role in the bank foreclosure settlement talks.  O'Brien, who has been leading the national effort to hold the banks accountable for the fraudulent recordings in Registries across the country said, "Eric Schneiderman has been one of the few voices for Main Street, not Wall
Street when it comes to these negotiations." "It is a travesty of justice to have him removed when he is speaking on behalf of the American homeowners.  We need more Eric Schneidermans fighting the fight," O'Brien continued.
According to O'Brien, referring to this unprecedented decision, the Iowa
Attorney General, Tom Miller should step down. "Miller has received hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from the very bankers and their associates that he purports to regulate. It seems to me that he has become the voice of Wall Street and he has abandoned Main Street. If property rights mean anything in this country, the Attorneys General will cease all talks with these banks immediately, and I am urging the American people to
contact their Attorney General and ask them to do just that."

On July 26, MA Attorney General takes up Register O'Brien's fight against big banks; Intensifies investigation into Foreclosure Fraud
Click here
to read the story in the Lynn Item
Click here
to read the story in the Salem News
Click here
to read the story in the Boston Herald
Click here
to read the story in the Boston Globe 

On July 19, Hank Phillippi Ryan Investigates: Suspicious Mortgage Signatures.  Click here to see the Channel 7 video.

Associated Press reports: "Lawmakers call for hearings on robo-signing"  Click here to read the article.

On July 18, "Mortgage industry document 'robo-signing' continues" Click here to read the National AP story

On July 14, County Registrar takes stand against Robo-Signers
Click here to read the Boston Globe article

On July 5,  Huffington Post: Mass Register John O'Brien's presentation draws crowd of Recorders in Atlantic City
Click here to read the news story from 7-5-11

Boston Herald: Activist Official: Mortgage flaws pervasive 'Crime' 
Click here to read the News story from 7-5-11

Boston Herald: Paperwork for Sarah Palin's Arizona home problematic
Click here to read the News story from 7-5-11

On July 1, Salem News: AG needs to get tough on faulty Mortgages. Click here to read the opinion piece 
Lynn Item: No quick settlement on Foreclosure crisis. Click here to read the editorial piece

On June 29, Southern Essex Registry of Deeds audit reveals that 75% of Assignments of Mortgage are invalid; O'Brien says banks responsible for an epidemic of fraud, once again urges Attorney's General to stop bank settlement talks. Click here to read the Press Release 
To view the full audit Click here

June,  To search 25,187 "Robo-Signed" documents Click here

To view the list of active "Robo-Signers" identified by McDonnell Property Analytics Click here

To view the Linda Green signature variations Click here

June, Find out who owns your Mortgage. To download the Lender Compliance Letters and Instructions. Click here

On June 13, "MASS Registry of Deeds: A Household Name in Foreclosure Households" Click here to read the Huffington Post article by Richard Zombeck

On June 9, Mass Analyst says Palin may have Deed Problem. Click here to read the article from the Boston Globe 6-9-11
Mortgage Mess Victim: Sarah Palin? Click here to read the article and see the video from NECN  

On June 8, Register refuses to accept "Robo-Signed" Documents.
Click here to read the article from the Lynn Item

Click here to read the article from the Salem News
Click here to read the article from the Newburyport Times

On June 7, Massachusetts Register of Deeds John O'Brien is first in the Nation to say no to recording ROBO-SIGNED documents; North Carolina Register of Deeds, Jeff Thigpen agrees.  Click here to read the release from 6/7/11Click here to read the Rejection Letter, Click here to see the Affidavit of Authenticity,

On May 25, To View Channel 7's Hank Phillippi Ryan's Mortgage Fraud Story Click here
To Search "LINDA GREEN" Documents,
Click here 

On May 17, The Lynn Daily Item Reports: O'Brien takes on Big Banks..  Click here to read the article

On May 10, The National Association of Counties Reports: County Recorders, Registers of Deeds: We're losing money to MERS  Click here to read the article from 5/10/11

On May 5, Newburyport News: Probe has big banks on the run, Click here to read the article.  Salem News: Big Banks on the hot seat Click here to read the article.

On April 15, The Boston Business Journal reports: John O'Brien: Taking on Bank of America.  Click here to read the article

On April 7, The Gloucester Times reports: Register targets Bank of America on fees, CPA funds.  Click here to read the article

On April 6, The Eagle Tribune reports: So. Essex Registry able to move money out of Bank of America.  Click here to read the article

On April 5, "Register of Deeds takes on Bank of America over mortgage fees."  Click here to read the article from the Eagle Tribune.  Click here to read the article from the Newburyport Daily NewsClick here to read the Press Release from Register O'Brien

On April 3, 60 Minutes airs an expose on Mortgage Fraud.  Click here to see the video and read the article, and see what Register O'Brien has been saying for months.

On March 17, the Salem News reports: Official: Lost fees impact preservation.  Click here to read the story

On March 16, Register of Deeds and Endicott College students produce Homestead PSA.  Click here to read the Beverly Citizen article

On March 10, Gloucester Times reports: City, towns lose $400k for CPA.  Click here to read the story
The Newburyport News reports: Scheme costs city $205k in CPA funds.  Click here to read the story
The Salem News' Nelson Benton: Tale of Two Registers.  Click here to read the story 

On March  7, NBC News Reports: Counties Seek Millions From Mortgage Giant.  Click here to read the story

On February 24, Salem News Reports: Official slams a 'Scheme' to avoid paying mortgage fees. Click here to read the article from 2/24/11

On February 24, Boston Business Journal: Register wants to take on mortgage giant. Click here to read the article from 2/24/11

On February 23,  MERS may owe Commonwealth $200 million. 
Click here to read the Mass Lawyers Weekly article from 2/23/11 Click here to read the Banker & Tradesman article from 2/24/11

On February 22, O'Brien calls on MERS to come clean and Pay Up: Says Essex County Owed $22 Million.  
Click here to read the Press Release from2/22/11
  
Click here to see the Lost MERS Revenue by town

On February 3, New Federal Program to Help Homeowners effective MARCH 2011.  Click here to read the Boston Globe article from February 3, 2011

On January 10, Massachusetts Courts to Banks on Foreclosurers: The Law Matters  Click here to read the article at the Huffington Post

On January 7, News on Banking Scandal: SJC Rules Against Banks - Register John O'Brien said, "The Massachusetts Supreme Court has ruled that these Major Banks must follow the same laws as everyone else and that assignments are not optional in Massachusetts.  It's obvious they didn't want the public to know what they were doing, coupled with their greed in trying to deliberately avoid the payment of the required recording fees, has placed them in the mess that they are in today.  This is a huge win for the taxpayers, this case will send shock waves throughout the MERS community as they now have been exposed and they are going to have to get their checkbooks out and reimburse the taxpayers.  These major banking conglomerates' deliberate scheme to not file the proper paperwork together with the 'robo-signers scandal' are the major reasons why our housing market is in the economic turmoil it is in today.  I want to assure the people of Essex County that I will do everything in my authority to ensure that these major lenders reimburse the taxpayers for every cent they are owed. I will pursue them as vigorously as they would pursue you if you owed fees to their banks." O'Brien said.  Click here to read the decision from the SJC

2010: On December 17, the Registry of Deeds kicked off it's 1st Annual two week food drive to benefit Saint Joseph's Food Pantry in Salem by having Employee Dress Down Day.  All employees donated can goods for the pantry!  Customers and the public were invited to join us during the holiday season by making a contribution to the pantry or by donating a few nonperishable or canned goods.  Register of Deeds John O'Brien felt that this event followed the spirit of our Registry, and emphasized our motto: How May We Help You!


Pictured: Kevin Harvey, Veann Campbell, Register John O'Brien,
Baine Malekakis, Greg Barry, Joe Gentleman
 

On December 16, Salem News Editorial reports avoiding another Mortgage mess. Click here to read the article

On December 16, Coakley to investigate O'Brien's charges against MERS. Click here to read the article

On December 6, Register O'Brien urges National Association of Registers to join battle against MERS, O'Brien wants seat at the table for DC solution. Click here to read the article

On December 6, Secretary Galvin to file bill requiring court approval on foreclosurers, Register O'Brien agrees. Click here to read the Boston Globe Article

On November 30, CNBC Senior Editor John Carney reports MERS Wars Heat up in MA. Click here to read the article

On November 29, CNBC Senior Editor John Carney reports 'A Salem Trial for MERS. Click here to read the article

On November 29, The Huffington Post, Register O'Brien questions MERS. Click here to read the article

On November 23, The Lynn Daily Item reports: Banks accused of failing to pay fees; Register of Deeds requests investigation. Click here to read the article

On November 23, The Salem News reports: Dealing with Registry of Deeds directly can save you money.  Click here to read the article

On November 23, The Salem News reports: Register questions role of mortgage servicing firm. Click here to read the article

On November 16, Register John O'Brien's Consumer Alert regarding Homeowner's Discharge fee. Lynn Daily Item 11/16/2010

On September 26, The Lynn Daily Item reports that foreclosure rates are slowly rising in Lynn.  Click here to read the article.

On June 22, Astro Fuel Releases Mechanics Liens.  Click here to make sure your lien has been discharged.

On June 1, The Gloucester Times reports that more residents are filing for Homestead protection.  Click here to read the article.

On April 15, The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency has issued a Consumer Advisory with tips for avoiding Mortgage Modification Scams and Foreclosure Rescue Scams. Click here to read the advisory
Click here to visit their website for more information.

On March 24, Register John O'Brien alerted the residents of Essex County to a scam offering to provide citizens with a certified copy of your deed for a cost of $69.50.  The alert was published in many local newspapers, click on the name of each periodical to reach the articles.  Salem News; Lynn Daily Item, Beverly Citizen, Banker & Tradesman, Georgetown Record, North Andover Citizen, Tri-Town Transcript, Cape Ann Beacon, Swampscott Reporter, Marblehead Reporter

On March 11, Injunction granted against Oil Dealer.  Click here to read the Salem News article.

On March 5, the Attorney General sues a local Oil Firm over bills and liens that Register of Deeds John O'Brien immediately suspected of fraud.  Click here to read the Salem News article.

2009: In December, the Southern Essex District Registry of Deeds alerts the residents of Essex County to a potential fraudulent mortgage scheme.  Click here to read the Salem News article, and click here to read the Boston Globe article.

In July, Register John O'Brien alerts Essex County Residents to Rental Scam.  Click here to read the Salem News article from 7/28/09, and click here to read the Salem News article from 7/29/09.

In June, Register O'Brien's Letter to the Editor: "'JUMBO' Loan Interest Rate is Unfair" The Eagle-Tribune 6/5/2009

In May, Homestead-Declaration scam puts Registry on High Alert. MA Lawyers Weekly Story 5/18/2009

In April, Mayor Kim Driscoll, Representative John Keenan, and Register of Deeds John O'Brien kickoff April as "Homestead Month" in Salem.  Click here to view the photo Click Here for a Homestead Form. For any questions please contact our Customer Service Department  at 978-542-1704 or via email at

In March, Register John O'Brien warns about a Homestead Form Scam in the Salem News.  Click here to read the article. 

In February, for our customers convenience the recording hours for the Southern Essex District Registry of Deeds has been changed to 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

2008: On November 24, Register John L. O'Brien published a Letter to the Editor in the Salem News and Lynn Item about his solution to the foreclosure crisis.  Click here to read the letter.

In November, Freddie Mac suspended all foreclosure sales of occupied homes from the day before Thanksgiving until January 9, 2009. 
Click here for more information.

Federal Housing Administration Hope for Homeowners Resource Center

On September 29, Register John L. O'Brien announced his 2008 Homestead Protection Outreach Program.
Click here for more information.

May 27th, The Registry of Deeds moved into its new location at Shetland Park, 45 Congress St. Suite 4100, Salem, MA 01970.

2007In March: There are companies offering to provide you with a Certified copy of your Deed for a cost of $59.00. Please be aware that you may print a copy of your deed online for Free if you have purchased your home after 1983. Should you need a Certified Copy of your Deed, you may contact our Customer Service Department at (978) 741-0201, extension 258 or 253 for assistance. The charge for a certified copy is $1.00 per page (most Deeds are one page).

2005:: Engineering Department: The Engineering Department was moved from the 4th floor of the Registry to the 1st floor and combined with the Planning Department. By accomplishing this, the public now has more access to this department.

2004: Registered Land department was moved from the 1st floor to the 2nd, which allowed the department to be in one area instead of being spread out. All documents are housed in a 'State of the Art' document retrieval system improving public access to these documents.

2001: Register O'Brien and Secretary of State, William Galvin entered into a lease agreement for more registry space.


2000: Register John O’Brien receives the National Association of County Recorders Election Officials and Clerks “Public Official of the Year” award for the Registry’s innovative use of technology to better service his constituents.

"O'Brien Brings Registry Office into High-Tech Age. Awarded "Public Official of the Year" by the National Association of County Recorders and Clerks." Lynn Item.

"Registries Seeking to Bring Online Records to the Public." Salem Internet Site a Nationally Recognized Model; Plans to test paperless transactions considered. Banker & Tradesman. http://www.thewarrengroup.com

Editorial: "Looking Ahead to e-filing." Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, December 2000.
"County Registry of Deeds Pioneers Electronic Filing." Lynn Item, October 18, 2000.
"Southern Essex Registry of Deeds Tests Electronic Signatures." Banker & Tradesman, October 9, 2000

1999: Register of Deeds, John O'Brien is awarded the Computerworld Smithsonian Award, honoring innovative use of information technology to benefit society.  Click here to see the award

Registry embarked on a program to convert its computer system to an open system thereby allowing Registered Land and the Planning Department to provide information on the World Wide Web. In addition, we implemented a program where the first 20 record books, dating back to 1639, will be on the Web for historical viewing with more volumes to follow. We developed an Oracle-based GIS information system for the 30 communities served by the Essex Registry to allow mapping, zoning, etc. on the World Wide Web.

Register O’Brien was awarded the Banker & Tradesman 125 award for his vision and leadership in making the South Essex District Registry of Deeds the first deeds office in the nation to provide both document images and indexes on the Internet free of charge for public viewing 24 hours per day.

Magazine cites Register O'Brien with the prestigious Banker & Tradesman 125 award. Lynn Item.

"Southern Essex Registry on Electronic Frontier." The Boston Globe.

"Galvin Stumping for Online Records in State Registries." Secretary of State William Galvin explains his proposal for an online registry of deeds system to the realtors at a conference in Newton, using the Southern Essex District Registry of Deeds' website (www.salemdeeds.com) as a model. This will bring information such as zoning bylaws, topographical maps & recent assessments online. Banker & Tradesman.

Southern Essex County Registry of Deeds honored for historic website. Lynn Item.

"Essex Registry First to Put Images on World Wide Web." On January 11th, the Southern Essex District Registry of Deeds became the first Registry in the U.S. to provide both document images and indices for public viewing on the World Wide Web. Salem News.

"Networked attached Storage: Essex County First with Land Records on the Web." Unisys Corporation. Storage Management Solutions, Volume 3, Issue 6 Click here

1998: Registry launched its website and became the first Registry of Deeds to provide both document images and indices for public viewing, 24 hours a day, free of charge on the World Wide Web. Registry was nominated (for the second time) for the 1998 Computerworld Smithsonian Award. This prestigious award recognizes innovative uses of technology that benefit society.

Registry of Deeds system attracts out-of-state attention. State officials in Georgia want to replicate the high-tech document imaging system to provide images on the World Wide Web. Register O'Brien and his Assistant Michael T. Miles were invited to Atlanta. Lynn Item.

Deeds and land documents now on Web. Salem News.

"Essex County Registry Makes Land Records Available on the Internet," Unisys Corporation White Paper: Network Attached Disk Architectures.

1995: Nominated for the Computerworld Smithsonian Award as an innovator of image technology in a government agency.

Document Witchcraft . Access to county land records expanded. INFORMATION WEEK.

1993: Registry imaging system featured at the AIIM (Association for Information & Imaging Management) conference in Chicago.

1988: Registry received the National Association of Counties Award for providing off-site access to indices to the Association of Realtors and Essex County Bar Association. This was the first in the nation.

1987: Registry received National Association of Counties Award for restoration of 3000 record books.

1986: Registry received National Association of Counties Award for Automation of Land Records.