Minnesota operates under the Race Notice Law, which means that the person whose document is filed first establishes their interest first. It’s as simple as that and as important as that. For this reason we record documents by the minute.
Recording and the customers who visit our office will always be our first priority. If a request is faxed or mailed, we will do a very limited search as our schedule permits. Requests are processed in the order received. If you require research beyond the last document of record, you will need to contact an abstracter, title company, or researcher. The Cottonwood County Recorder’s office does not abstract or perform title searches.
Real Estate Resources
Record-Ease Web (Contact the Recorder's office for a contract.)
Fraud Alert Property Watch (Sign up here to be notified whenever a document is recorded and indexed in your name at the recorder's office.)
NO MORE PAPER CRVS AFTER SEPTEMBER 30, 2014
The Department of Revenue is excited to announce that beginning October 1, 2014, eCRV will completely replace the paper copies of the certificate of real estate value. Beginning October 1, all certificates of real estate value must be submitted using eCRV. Paper CRVs will not be accepted after September 30, 2014.
A certifciate of real estate value (CRV) is required to document a sale of property in Minnesota. CRV information is reviewed by the county of sale and the Department of Revenue to verify sale terms and ensure fair and equitable property tax assessments statewide, eCRV may be used for ALL counties of sale.