How Do You Determine the Property Owner of a Building?


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Once you know the address of the building, visit the website for the local tax assessor, and perform a property appraisal search for the address, suggests Madison County, Alabama, and the Collin County Appraisal District. Property ownership is a matter of public record, so these searches cost nothing.

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Websites such as PropertyShark.com offer property ownership searches and access to additional information. However, full access to these websites generally involves paying for a subscription. PropertyShark.com offers property searches for 15 states, as of 2015, and their information includes additional details such as permit data, voter registration and assessment rolls.

While the exact process and ordering of fields varies somewhat from one taxing entity to another, the Collin County website provides an example. Enter the street number and name for the building of which you want to know the owner, and click the Search button at the bottom of the page. This brings up the county property ID, the owner's name, the property address and legal description of that address, as well as the latest market value for the property, according to Collin County Appraisal District. Depending on the taxing entity, the option may be available to export the results from the search.

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