Real Estate

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.)

 Search Real Estate Records

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  • 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.)

eCRV Information


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.

For more information, please go to the Minnesota Department of Revenue website or call 1-651-556-3278 or email

eCRV worksheet to help you complete the online form.
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Document Center

The Document Center provides easy access to public documents. Click on one of the categories below to see related documents or use the search function.

Categories always sorted by seq (sub-categories sorted within each category)
Documents sorted by SEQ in Ascending Order within category

Documents and Forms5 documents

  • Recording Checklist
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  • Recording Fees
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  • Document Standards
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  • Well Disclosure Certificate
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  • Uniform Conveyancing Forms
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