Gregory County E-Records First Document in South Dakota

November 10, 2016

Simplifile, a provider of real estate document collaboration and recording technologies for lenders, settlement agents and counties, announced the first electronically recorded document in South Dakota in Gregory County.

The inaugural document recording, an electronic deed transfer, took place at the Gregory County Register of Deeds office with Gregory County Title Company as the pilot submitter.

“Recording the document through Simplifile and Gregory County was easy. I am sure this is the future for real estate transfers, mortgages, and all other types of real estate documents,” said Gregory County Title Company President Jack Gunvordahl. “E-recording will speed up document recording and help expedite the entire process.”

Gregory County was the first county in the state to start e-recording after the recent decision by the South Dakota State legislature authorizing local register of deeds offices to accept electronically submitted documents.

“I became interested in e-recording a couple of years ago, when the concept was first being discussed at a county workshop. It looked to me like it would benefit our clients immensely, by cutting down the turnaround time immensely,” said Gregory County Register of Deeds Jerry Peterson. “When October 17 came along, the first day we were allowed to e-record, I had already been set up and tested for errors, so I was ready to go. Luckily, our local abstractor Jack Gunvordahl assisted by allowing our office to use his document as the first document e-recorded in South Dakota.”

According to Peterson, Gregory County is accepting all document types for e-recording through Simplifile. With the addition of South Dakota, 46 states have now opened their doors to e-recording with Simplifile.

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