There is a charge for viewing/printing scanned images of the actual documents. The fee is $2.00 for the 1st page, $1.00 per additional page, per document. Payment can be made by credit card or through the establishment of an escrow account. A flat rate subscription is also available for $200 per month.Please contact the Sauk County Register of Deeds for more information.
What is basic recording information?
Type of instrument, document number, document date, recording date, Grantor(s), Grantee(s), brief legal description, transfer fee paid and return address.
What was the consideration for a real estate transaction?
Deeds seldom actually include the price of the real estate; however, if a transfer fee has been paid, that fee is part of the recording information. It reflects a tax of $3.00 per $1,000 of consideration. To determine the actual consideration, divide the transfer fee by 0.003.
What types of searches are available? (Start by clicking the “Search” tab on top)
Document searches are available if you know the specific document number. Just enter the number and click “Search.”
Grantor (Seller) and Grantee (buyer) searches are done by clicking the “name” tab. Enter the name of a buyer or seller and click “Search.” Less is more – best results by entering last name, then first 1 or 2 letters of the first name, then scroll the results.
Legal (tract) searches can be done by numerous fields. Lot/Block, CSM, and Qtr/Qtr S/T/R. Click the type of tract search (metes/bounds, plat or condo). Each item then shows a blue line, such as “Plat Locator,condo locator, etc.” This is a drop down function that will provide a list of all the plats. Once you have found the correct plat, simply click the plat name. You may then enter a unit, lot or block.
Tax liens search is non functional. All federal tax liens are included in the regular real estate index and are available via a name search. State tax liens are filed with the Sauk County Clerk of Court.
The instrument type seems to be abbreviated – how do I find out what they are?
Just point to the instrument type and the abbreviated version will expand to full detail. As a rule, if text, numbers or ovals are light blue in color, they contain information. For instance, our 1987-2004 documents were converted to the new system. The typed, abbreviated legal descriptions are actually viewable in the comments field.
I only want to search for deeds. How can I do that?
Under the initial search of name or legal description, there is a drop down box for instrument group. Simply select the instrument type you would like. (Note: This filters through a lot of documents, so it may take some time for the results of the search.)
How do I find a Certified Survey Map?
If you know the map number, then you should do a name search. Enter “CSM”, space, then the map number. All CSMs dating back to 1950 are available through LandShark. All subdivision and condo plats dating back to 1900 are available. You must change the default date of Feb 1987 to Feb 1800 when searching for plats and CSMs.
Will LandSharktm show me all the “liens” on a property?
Not necessarily. While mortgages and federal tax liens are recorded in the Register of Deeds, some other types of liens, such as money judgments, state tax liens, etc. are filed in other offices. The Register of Deeds does not perform title searches, nor do we provide legal advice or opinions on title.
Can I do my own title search? Strictly speaking, the answer is "yes". Practically speaking, however, the answer is probably "no". The records in the Register of Deeds office are open for public inspection. However, you should be familiar with how real estate records are organized and how to perform a "Grantor/Grantee" and a "Tract Index" search. Additionally, there may be documents on file with other county offices that may impact a property.
The expertise a professional title searcher offers is well worth the money you will spend – especially when you compare it to the value of the transaction you are about to enter.
What other information is available on line from Sauk County?
Tax information is available through the Sauk County Treasurer. You should also visit the Sauk County GIS sites for parcels maps and other land related information. The links for these sites and more are available on the Sauk County website.
For general questions about the Register of Deeds, you may also visit the Wisconsin Register of Deeds Association website at: