I' ve been using propertyradar.com to find home owners, current tax status, liens/ mortgages as well as a few other small helpful things when doing wholesale deals. I understand that I can look up owner info at county offices but are there any online programs that offer free info such as what I mentioned above? I pay $59 a month with PR. My county does not allow to see such online through there county site. Any suggestions?
Try propertyshark and beenverified. Have had luck with both in finding owner info for particular properties.
Full disclosure, I work for a title search company. That being said, any of the online databases are only as accurate as the database themselves. We do work for banks and insurance companies and they always require that we use the official land records. Those are the hard copy documents at the County records offices.
Now some of the databases are very good and can give you a good starting point but I would never recommend purchasing a property without an actual title search. I'm happy to answer any specific questions you may have, just private message me.
What problems could arise by only checking at the local land registry office for land record and and property liens, prior to going to a municipal auction?
No, you misunderstood, that is where you should check. You can totally run your own title search. Just make sure you are using the official land records and not some database that may or may not be accurate. If you miss a lien by using one of those database it can be a costly mistake.
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