This area of the office is responsible for recording and maintaining official records of documents affecting real estate. These include deeds, contracts, mortgages, assignments, releases, federal and state tax liens, affidavits, plats and surveys, section corner certificates, military service records, easements, condemnations, trade names, leases, 28E and drainage agreements, bills of sale, articles of incorporation, and financing statements plus numerous other documents. The office records all instruments presented upon payment of the proper fees and compliance with other recording requirements as provided by law. Recording fees collected for the county provide a form of property tax relief. In addition, the auditor’s fee on transfer of property as well as real estate transfer tax is collected on conveyances of property, a portion of which is retained in the county’s general fund. Federal and state tax lien searches are also performed. All records are opened to the public and copies can be obtained for a nominal fee.
To search the computer index or scanned images, please go to www.iowalandrecords.org. One can search, view or print from this site at no charge.