Purchasing Real Property

Be sure a title search is done before any money is exchanged. A search of records in the Chancery Clerk’s Office will determine any outstanding mortgages, taxes or other liens and whether or not the seller has legal title to the property. Any attorney or title company can do a title search and prepare your deed. It is illegal for the Chancery Clerk’s Office to search these records or prepare your deed.


Before recording your deed it must contain the following:

  • Signature of seller or sellers – notarized.
  • Legal description with indexing instructions.
  • Names, addresses and telephone numbers of the sellers, buyers and deed preparer.

If you purchase and occupy property before January 1st, you are eligible to apply for Homestead Exemption in the Tax Assessor’s office – filing period January 1st, through April 1st. Filing for Homestead Exemption reduces your taxes tremendously. If you are eligible, please be sure and take advantage of this savings.

Property taxes must be paid each year.  Statements are mailed from the Tax Collector’s Office each December for that year’s taxes. Be sure the Tax Collector has your current mailing address. You may pay current taxes in three (3) installments.
If your property taxes are not paid by the last Monday in August, then it is auctioned off to the highest bidder which is called a Tax Sale, or if no one bids then it is stricken off to the State. It then becomes the duty of The Chancery Clerk to collect all delinquent years taxes before the current year can be paid. (No installments on delinquent taxes – cash or money order – NO PERSONAL CHECKS ACCEPTED AFTER JUNE 30TH.)

An individual has two years from the date of this sale to redeem their property. If it is not redeemed before that two years is up, then it matures to the State or if an individual purchased it at the Tax Sale, that individual is given a Tax Deed. Which means you no longer own your property.

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2nd Congressional District Run Off Election POSTPONED

To slow the spread of the COVID-19 Governor Tate reeves issued an executive order to reschedule the run off election for June 23, 2020
 

MARRIAGE LICENSE REQUESTS

FOR ALL MARRIAGE LICENSE REQUEST PLEASE CALL OUR OFFICE AT 601-636-3961 FOR AN APPOINTMENT.   
PLEASE HAVE THE MARRIAGE LICENSE FORM FILLED OUT AND READY WHEN YOU COME IN

Bridge Closure

All County residents please be advised that beginning January 20, 2020 the existing bridge on Freetown Road near Greyline Drive shall be closed and traffic will be detoured around the bridge. The existing bridge is under contract to be replaced, and the contract allows for one hundred twenty (120) working days to complete the project. We apologize for the inconvenience, and ask for your patience while we improve the safety of this roadway and structure for the citizens of Warren County.