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Is Hawaii Moving into the 21st Century

Today's Garden Island has an interesting article about the modernization of our Bureau of Conveyances. The Bureau of Conveyances is where property that is in the Regular system of Hawaii is recorded. It's an archaic system where each property is manual recorded. When you purchase a home here, someone actually physically goes to the Bureau and has a document stamped to make it official. The Garden Island article by Nathan Eagle describes the process of modernization and the possibility of moving the state of Hawaii's real estate market into the 21st century with, can you believe it, digital records.

According to the governments website, http://www.state.hi.us/dlnr/bc/,

The Bureau...

Maintains an accurate, timely and permanent record system for title to real property is the responsibility of the Bureau of Conveyances. The Bureau examines, records, indexes, and microfilms over 344,000 Regular System and Land Court documents and maps annually; issues Land Court Certificates of Title; certifies copies of matters of record; and researches UCC requests. Hawaii is the only state in the nation with a single statewide recording office.

Can you believe we are still microfilming? After 14 years of crticism about our archaic system, it sounds like the times they are a changin'.


Ron Margolis, RA, CDPE, ABR Hawaii Life Real Estate Services 808.346.7095 email: ron@hawaiilife.com

Comment balloon 0 commentsRonnie Margolis • March 30 2008 08:21AM