Public records for real estate can be found in the public register of deeds records for the county in which the property is located. The tax assessor’s office for the city, township or county in which the property is located will have the property's public tax information.
In many jurisdictions these records can be accessed online, but in others they can only be accessed by going into the register of deeds or tax assessor’s office. Onlinessearches.com has a list of tax assessor and property tax record resource links for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Clicking on Michigan, for example, will direct you to links for tax assessor and property tax records for every Michigan county, as of April 2015. Some online searches are free, while others have a cost.
Real estate public records may include the ownership history of a piece of property, any mortgages or other encumbrances, the state equalized value of the property and tax payment history.