Property ownership documents are public records and are generally available through local government offices or online. Online listings through the Multiple Listing Service can help locate property owners, or people can search at tax assessors' offices or title companies.
To locate ownership records, the address of the property is helpful. Searches through a tax assessor's office may need the owner's name. Liens, tax records and debts filed against the property are generally found in ownership documents. Real estate agents may provide information regarding previous owners and purchase prices of past transactions. The local city planning office may also yield ownership records.