If someone selling a property did not want the sales price to be disclosed, they just instructed the escrow officer to show the transfer tax amount on a separate page from the Grant Deed (the Grant Deed is public record).
County Recorder, regardless of when the documents were executed. The tax amount will have to be shown on the Deed.
What newspapers do when they publish the recent real estate activity is this: they calculate the sales price from the Transfer Tax (when shown on the public document), and show the final sales price. So from now on, it will not be possible to hide the sales price...
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