RealtyHop Redaction Request System
Why are real estate transaction records public?
Historically, real estate transactions are recorded by government agencies in the jurisdiction where the property is located. Keeping an official public record of any sale or change in ownership is crucial for verifying the history of a property. For example, these records can help to resolve any disputes between parties with competing claims to a property.
What is recorded?
Every state and county has different regulations on what must be recorded. There are many different types of documents that can be recorded depending on the property and type of real estate transaction. The most common documents are ones related to deeds, mortgages, easements, foreclosures, fees, etc. Previously, you had to view such documents in person. These days many are electronically filed then publicly shared online. Take New York City, the Automated City Register Information System (ACRIS) records and maintains property documents. However, ACRIS only provides online access to property documents and data dating back to 1966. If you wanted to view documents recorded prior to 1966, you’d need to personally visit the City Register’s office in each borough to view them!
How to redact?
The real estate industry utilizes public real estate property transactions in many different useful ways. On RealtyHop, we’ve created a tool for users of the site to access real estate transaction records across the country. However, we understand that not everybody feels comfortable with their names publicly displayed. Therefore, we are happy to provide a way for you to redact your name from the public property records listed on our site. To move forward with this process, please follow the following instructions.
A. Redaction from Property Records Database
For those looking to redact their name from the property records database or our sales transaction tables.
- Head to our Property Records Database.
- Search for your real estate transaction using your full name or address associated with the transaction.
- Click on the “Redact Record” button located by the bottom of the database.
- Under each transaction, a “Redact This Record” button will appear. Locate the transaction associated with yourself and press the button.
- A new page will open in your browser. Follow the instructions on that page to complete the CAPTCHA that appears. Once completed, make sure to hit the red “Redact” button. You have now successfully redacted your name from one transaction! If you have further affiliated transactions then you will need to repeat steps 4 and 5 for each transaction record.
B. Redaction from Building Pages
For those looking to redact their name from the “Ownership” section on our building information pages. This is an example of what the section looks like on our site.
To get started:
- Search for your building via the address search bar on our homepage.
- Once you’ve landed on your building page, scroll to the bottom of the “Building Info” section.
- Click on the “Redact Ownership Info” button.
- A new page will open in your browser. Follow the instructions on that page to complete the CAPTCHA that appears. Once completed, make sure to hit the red “Redact” button. You have now successfully redacted your name from one building page! If you have further affiliated buildings then you will need to repeat steps 1 and 4 for each building you own.
Please note that even after the redaction process is complete, it may take up to several business days before search engines such as Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc. recrawl and remove the now outdated RealtyHop page from their list of search results.