ELIZABETH, NJ - The Union County Clerk's office is counseling residents they can access certain types of property information free of charge through the County Clerk’s website on a 24/7 basis, or by calling or visiting the County Clerk’s offices in Elizabeth and Westfield during regular business hours.

In particular, the office is drawing attention to a recently circulated mailer in which a company advertises a fee of $79 to provide clients with a property’s transaction history.

“Any person with access to a computer can get a transaction history free of charge via the ‘Property Search’ link on my website, at their convenience, for property recorded after 1977,” said Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi. Online real estate website also offer free access to information on schools, demographics and other related details.

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Property records prior to 1977 are kept in book form. Persons seeking records of pre-1977 property transactions can visit the County Clerk’s office in Elizabeth to search the books, with the assistance of County Clerk staff if needed.

Union County residents can avoid property fraud committed in their name by signing up for the Property Fraud Alert system. This free, online service that sends an automatic alert when a Union County property document is filed in the subscriber’s name.

Union County residents can also increase their awareness of fraud and other consumer issues by subscribing to real-time alerts through the Anti-Fraud Toolkit, an information hub hosted by the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs.

To report a possible fraud or scam, Union County residents can file a complaint online with the Union County Department of Consumer Affairs online at ucnj.org/public-safety or call 908-654-9840.