WHEN A home sells, it's news. The same thing is true for
commercial property, vacant land and other types of real
Real estate sales are news for many reasons. Meanwhile, our job
is to report the news, and we try to do it thoroughly.
While home sales are newsworthy, California law also provides
that they are public, in that recorded deeds, along with the tax
records that go with them, are available at the county
courthouse and online at many websites for anyone who cares to
look. Therefore, the Carmel Pine Cone regularly reports all
Monterey Peninsula real estate sales shown on recorded deeds. We
will not omit a sale for any reason.
Under very limited circumstances, we will omit the name of a
real estate buyer or seller shown on a recorded deed:
• When that person is a judge, prosecutor or police officer, or
other public official whose duties might make them a target of
retribution by a criminal.
• When the buyer or seller is protected by a current
Those are the only circumstances under which we will hide the
name of a buyer or seller.
If you want your name left out of our home sales report for
any other reason, it is up to you to take the simple
legal steps needed to keep your name off your deed; for
example, by taking title via a trust, corporation or
partnership. If you fail to do so, your name and address will
be forever available online at the county website, along with
many public record aggregation sites -- a fact that makes it
pointless for The Pine Cone to omit it. Once you record a deed
with your name on it, your privacy is gone, and there is
nothing we can do to change that fact in any meaningful way.
Meanwhile, our readers have a strong interest in knowing about
home sales in their community.
Accordingly, we will not omit names from home sales simply
because the buyer or seller wants privacy, or for any reason
except those stated above.
I apologize for any inconvenience caused by this policy. We
believe such inconvenience is outweighed by the benefit to the
public of being fully informed about real estate sales in their
Please do not ask us for exceptions. However, if you have a
home sale that meets one of our criteria for special handling
and you would like the name of the buyer or seller omitted from
our real estate sales listings, please send the relevant
information (reason person requires privacy, date escrow closed,
address and name of buyer/seller to be omitted) to me via email
within a few days AFTER the close of escrow and BEFORE it is
printed. (We never make changes to past editions except to
correct factual errors.)