Register of Deeds, Jeff Thigpen, Is Not Playing Around – A Mandelman Matters Podcast
Jeff Thigpen is the Register of Deeds for Guilford County in Greensboro, North Carolina. The way he explains it, he has two primary responsibilities: 1. To protect the chain of title when property changes hands. 2. A fiduciary duty to collect recording fees. And the fact is that MERS has pretty much blown a hole right through both of those things.
But, you see… Jeff is not your ordinary Register of Deeds. Like his counterpart John O’Brian in Massachusetts, Jeff takes his job pretty seriously, which makes sense since his job has been around for some 300 years. And so he put his foot down… right on top of MERS.
According to Jeff…
“For me, the question is clear. Do we want land records in America to be governed by major banking conglomerates on Wall Street or the people and laws of the United States of America?”
You can check out the podcast here…