Information about specific property owners is available to the public and can be accessed using the Property Ownership search tool at the Property Shark website. It is necessary to sign up for a free basic account to use this search tool. A paid subscription might also be required for some regions.
Users can use this tool to find either the owner's name from an address or an address from the owner's name. Results will show the address and its owners since 2000. Sometimes phone numbers are also displayed.
While Property Shark's search tool covers only fifteen states, including New York, New Jersey and California, there are property ownership search tools available for other specific regions, such as those at the Miami-Dade and City of Philadelphia websites.
The Miami-Dade search tool, for example, provides information on ownership, sales information, tax value and exemption benefits. It also displays an interactive map on which individual properties can be selected for information. Clicking on a condominium complex gives users access to information on all the tenants that live there.
Information gathered from such property ownership search tools is subject to change over time and is therefore only as reliable as the frequency at which its database is updated.