Ingham County Officials See Decrease in Sheriff’s Deeds (VIDEO)

Officials say throughout Ingham County the number of sheriff’s deeds has dropped by nearly 45% compared to last year.

In 2009 there were 1,701 sheriff’s deeds and then in 2010 it spiked a bit to 1,792. So far this year there have only been 1,254.

Ingham County Register of Deeds’ Curtis Hertel Jr. contributes the decrease to a few things.

“Some of it’s due to the mass confusion of banks from the foreclosure process, between robo signing and MERS foreclosing on people… a lot of foreclosures have been stalled out. So I think some of it’s that. I also think some of it’s that we’ve hired an attorney for citizens who are in foreclosure. We’ve worked with people to get counselors and we’re fighting the banks on every level,” said Hertel.