Can someone help me out with understanding this. I come across many properties where the owner listed in Mass Land Records is not the same listed as the owner in the Tax Assessor's office. Why is this? How do I verify who the real owner is?
Actual transfers of property are recorded in each county registry of deeds, normally the day of closing, or the day after. As you have already found, these registries are listed on MassLandRecords. The information on each transfer is then given to the local town Tax Assessor office. They are often way behind in updating their records, hence the discrepancy.
The Registry of Deeds is the current info. Often the Tax record is one (or more) transfer behind. They usually catch up eventually.
Thank you Ann, that makes sense.