I purchase a property almost 22 years ago. The house is paid off when we first did the contract we did it at a real estate company. We signed and I gave half of the payment and then in the next year I paid it off. The lady left to Puerto Rico and we never got the deed recorded. I could get a hold of her so I looked all over couple of years ago I found her she gave me her number. I asked if she can send me a certified letter so I can be able to start the process. Her comment was you still haven't put the house in your name? I stated that I couldn't do anything without her. She stated she was going to send me the letter and never did. I called her number and it was disconnected. I been living at this property all these years and cannot change it to my name.
Your matter was filed under consumer protection. This is actually a real estate issue. I am sure one of the attorneys in this forum can answer your question. However, it is likely that you are going to have to file some sort of quite title action. However, it sounds like you would qualify under the law of Adverse possession here in PA.
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Unless she actually signed the deed in front of a notary you will have to hire a lawyer to do an action to quiet title.
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