How Can You Search for Property by APN?

To search for a property by assessor's parcel number, visit the website of a local county recorder's office. Enter the APN to see the name of the record owner and any relevant tax property information.

The APN is the quickest way to find the name of a property owner. Find the APN for any given property by visiting a realty site such as Zillow. Enter the address of the property in question, and choose the More Facts option. The APN is then displayed. Take the APN to the county recorder's office or look it up on the office's website to obtain information including the total assessed value, improvement value, land value and any exemptions applicable to the parcel of land.

If the APN produces a property owner that is an corporation, LLC or trust, more information can be found by visiting the Secretary of State's website, where LLCs and corporations can be searched to reveal their contact information, as well as a representative's name. When the property owner's information is revealed, more searching may be necessary in order to make contact. Websites such as Pipl or 123 People draw personal information from social media, websites and public records that may provide a better view of the property owner.