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Thread: Abstract Co. sent me the entire original abstract? Iowa

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    My husband and I closed on our first house a few months ago. I received the entire original abstract in the mail from the abstract company yesterday. There are documents from the 1920s and 30's that are practically falling apart. It seems to me that this should have been sent somewhere else for safekeeping - local courthouse, perhaps? Anyone know what I'm supposed to do with this?

    Our mortgage broker was SO horrible - they messed a lot of stuff up, and I'm wondering if this is something else. I'm not calling them to ask, and can't call our realtor until Tuesday.
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    An abstract is simply a copy of the courthouse records.

    It has no legal value (except maybe for evidence in a lawsuit).
    Be not niggardly of what costs thee nothing, as courtesy, counsel, & countenance.

    --Benjamin Franklin

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    But these aren't copies, they appear to be the original documents, tatters and all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CarynG View Post
    But these aren't copies, they appear to be the original documents, tatters and all.
    Then you have an interesting package of historical documents.
    Be not niggardly of what costs thee nothing, as courtesy, counsel, & countenance.

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    You wouldn't be able to tell the original from the copies. There were no copying machines in the 1920s. They wrote or typed up duplicate documents.

    You may have the handed-down original owner's copies from back then, rather than new copies made at the courthouse at the time you bought.

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