Up until January 2020, if an individual wanted to access documents pertaining to land records in Wright County, they were required to come to the Wright County Recorder’s Office to obtain copies of those documents. But, that changed thanks to the county now offering individuals and real estate professionals to access LandShark. With COVID-19 now preventing residents from using the public counters, Wright County Recorder Tanya West wants residents to know that LandShark is a valuable asset to look up land records with offices closed to public foot traffic.
LandShark is a web-based tool for research and retrieval of land record documents that date back decades. Among the information available on the site are Torrens data and document images dating back to 1955, active Torrens Certificate images dating back to 1910 and abstract data and document images dating back to 1977.
For those who routinely deal with land records, subscriptions are available, but West said the primary benefit to one-time or occasional users is that they can retrieve the documents they’re searching for immediately.
“We now have the ability for anyone who is an occasional user to get into LandShark and not only search for the data, but download the images they’re looking for,” West said. “There are some extra fees for that because they’re not subscribers, but it allows anybody to now download images from a remote location.”
Prior to the installation of LandShark into the Recorder’s record system, individuals could see the data that was associated with a property, but could not see the documents themselves or have the ability to obtain copies when they went to the website.
“Before now, people could go on to LandShark and they were using a basic public user name and password,” West said. “Anybody could use that public user name and password. Now, it’s individualized. Everyone will do a self-registration to enter the site. Previously, they were only able to see data. They could do a search on their property and they could see that there was a deed or a mortgage or a lien filed against their property, but they couldn’t see the actual documents. They would have to come to our office or call us and send us a check to go through the process of having us get them the information they needed. Now, they can download it on the spot from their home and don’t have to come to our office to get the images they’re looking for.”