QUESTIONS ABOUT BUYING
Initiation of the sale is totally reliant on you. You will need to contact the seller with the phone number on the listing. If you have tried several times to contact the seller and there has been no reply you can contact Toledo Plots to see if there is additional contact information.
The prices of the properties listed for sale are supplied by the seller (owner). They are not the current market value. This is a figure that the owner wants for their property, it would be like anyone selling a car, house, or other assets.
In most cases the owner (seller) is willing to negotiate due to the fact that they have had these properties a while and have no intention of using them. It is safe to say that if you make them an offer, the worse that could happen is they can say 'No'. In that event, you can look at another property listed for sale until you find what you are looking for at the price you are willing to pay.
Once there has been an agreement between the buyer and seller, payment needs to be addressed. Because of the amount, most times a bank check is used. In other cases the parties meet at the cemetery and cash is exchanged. In cases where the seller (owner) lives out of State and cannot meet you in person they request a bank transfer of the funds. Payment issues should be addressed with the initial conversation so that the scheduled deed transfer can take place.
Every property at every cemetery is documented as to ownership. The date of purchase is also recorded. Every property is deeded (titled) to the owner. Once you have purchased the pre-owned property, the original owner signs the property over to you and a new deed is drawn up in your name. Sometimes a family is selling property from an estate, which would need to be documented that they are legally allowed to ownership in order to sell. This is done through Probate Court or through an Attorney.
If the seller lives out of the State and wishes to sell their property to you, they would contact the prospective cemetery in which the property exists. The cemetery will draw up the necessary paperwork and mail or email copies to the owner. Once the owner receives the paperwork, they would take it to their attorney (not required) and/or sign it and have it notarized by a notary. Then they can send it back to the representative at the cemetery for them to complete the deed transfer.
Deed transfers do cost money. The amount varies from cemetery to cemetery, but a general idea is $75 - $300. It is unclear, because there are no set rules as to who pays. The cemetery charges this fee for time spent preparing a new deed and recording it. The cost of the deed transfer should be determined with the initial discussion of sale price between the buyer and seller.
On the scheduled day of the deed transfer at the cemetery, the representative will need confirmation of your identity. A current photo identification and possibly a current piece of mail to prove your residence. This is a legal document and a clear path of ownership is required for both parties involved.