[APRA-NW] Property values and home ownership

Laura Johnson johnsonl at uoregon.edu
Tue Jan 12 10:26:29 PST 2016

In addition to http://www.pulawski.net/ , another resource for that links to county assessor databases is the https://sites.google.com/site/propertyassessmentdirectory/.

Please note that not all counties make it easy (or even possible) to confirm the name of the owner. California, in particular, can be tricky:

“California Government Code 6254.21 states that "No state or local agency shall post the home address or telephone number of any elected or appointed official on the Internet without first obtaining the written permission of that individual." As the cost to collect and continuously update that information is prohibitive, the On-Line Property Assessment Information System does not display the ownership information. However, ownership information is currently available either from microfiche or a public terminal at the Assessor's Office located at 70 West Hedding Street, San Jose, East Wing 5th Floor, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m.”
Source: https://www.sccassessor.org/index.php/online-services/property-search/real-property

From: APRA-NW [mailto:apra-nw-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Goodwin Deacon
Sent: Monday, January 11, 2016 3:36 PM
To: Katrina Freeburg <katrinafreeburg at gmail.com>
Cc: apra-nw at u.washington.edu
Subject: Re: [APRA-NW] Property values and home ownership


Another easy path to the same sources is through Zillow. When you look up a property on Zillow, you will usually find a link saying “county website,” which will lead you to the tax assessor. In some counties, however, you have to sign in or register in some way before you can access the information.

Goodwin Deacon
Deacon Consulting
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(206) 524-3679

On Jan 11, 2016, at 11:56 AM, Katrina Freeburg <katrinafreeburg at gmail.com<mailto:katrinafreeburg at gmail.com>> wrote:

I apologize if this has been covered recently on the listserv. I'm a novice researcher conducting some very basic prospect research on primary residences.

King County makes it pretty easy to confirm homeownership. Does anyone have good websites for confirming homeownership in Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho and Oregon?

What are your preferred websites for estimating property values in the Puget Sound? Do you build in a range to account for inaccuracy?

Thanks in advance!

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