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Searching for Real Estate Information

 

Performing a New Search

Select "Property Search" in the menu.

You will be greeted by this:

 

You can search by Parcel, Owner, Address, Intersection, or Advanced Search.

 

Searching by Parcel

Use Parcel Search if you are interested in a single, specific property and know at least the first part of the parcel number.

  • If the parcel number contains dots and/or dashes, they are not required. (i.e. Searching for parcel number 012-345678.000 is the same as searching for parcel 12345678000)
  • Parcel Search will search for parcel numbers that start with the characters you enter. This means that you can search for all parcels that begin with characters xyz.

 

Searching by Owner

Use Owner Search if you are interested in searching for a specific owner and know either his or her first or last name.

  • Because owner names can be spelled differently than you might expect, or because the databases might not contain the proper spelling of an owner's name, try to keep your search as simple as possible. If too many results are returned, modify your search with more specific criteria.

  • Owner Search will search for properties owned by a person whose name starts with the characters you enter. This means that you can search for all properties that are owned by someone whose name starts with xyz.

 

Searching by Address

Use Address Search if you are interested in searching for properties by all part of an address.

  • Start with a more general search, and then modify your search with more specific criteria if you get too many results

  • Address Search will search for address numbers, street directions and street names that start with the characters you enter. Furthermore, not all fields are required. This means that you can search for all properties on a street having a name that starts with xyz.

  • Street names can be spelled differently than you might expect, or they may be spelled incorrectly in the database. If an address search isn't working for you, try searching with just the first few letters of the street name.

 

Searching by Intersection

Use Intersection Search if you are interested in finding the geographic location of a specific intersection. Note that performing an Intersection Search returns a map, not a list of properties like Parcel, Owner, Address and Advanced Searches do.

  • Choose your first street from the Major Street drop-down list.

  • Cross streets will take a few seconds to load. Once cross streets have loaded in the Cross Street drop-down list, choose your second street.

  • Once you are satisfied with your street selections, click Search. You will be redirected to the interactive map and zoomed to the geographic location that intersection exists.

 

Searching by Advanced Search

Use Advanced Search if you are interested in finding specific properties by advanced criteria like sales, location, residential and land. Using Advanced Search enables you to combine search criteria to find exactly the properties you are looking for.

 

Sales Criteria

Add sales criteria to a search by clicking the checkbox next to the type of criteria you want to add. Sales criteria might include Sale Date, Sale Price, Buyer and Seller.

 

Location Criteria

Add location criteria to a search by clicking the checkboxes next to the types of criteria you want to add. Location criteria typically includes Tax District, Township, City/Municipality, School District, and Neighborhood.

 

Residential Criteria

Add residential criteria to a search by clicking the checkboxes next to the types of criteria you want to add. Residential criteria might include number of bedrooms, number of bathrooms, year built, living area and stories.

 

Land Criteria

Add land criteria to a search by clicking the checkboxes next to the types of criteria you want to add. Land Criteria usually includes acres and land use.

 

Search Tips

> Start with a more general search, and then modify your search with more specific criteria if you get too many results.

> Choose from location lists to limit your search results to specific geographic areas within the county.

> When choosing from lists, multiple items can be selected by holding down the 'ctrl' (control) key.

> Punctuation (i.e. commas or dollar signs) is not allowed in Sale Price fields.

> Sale Dates must follow the format mm/dd/yyyy.

 

Using Quick Search

QuickSearch is located in the header and available from any page of Online Auditor. You can search by parcel number, owner or address from one textbox, but there are some restrictions on formatting.

Keep the following rules in mind when using QuickSearch:

  • When searching by owner, last name comes first. (i.e. [Last Name], [First Name]).

  • A minimum of 8 characters is required when searching by parcel number.

  • When searching by address, you must start with the property address number followed by at least the first letter of the street name.
If you are unsuccessful getting your desired results via QuickSearch, please try a dedicated search available on the Search page.

 

Viewing Search Results

Viewing search results is easier with Online Auditor. Sorting, paging, printing and saving to Excel are all supported on the Search Results page. Additionally, up to 100 results can be displayed on a single page. Click on the parcel number in the results to view the data for that parcel. Scroll down to learn more about specific topics.

 

Sorting Search Results

Sort search results by clicking the title of the column you want to sort by. Sorting is bi-directional, which means you can sort in ascending or descending order; just click the column again. Sorting orders the entire result set, not just the results on the current page.

 

Paging Through Search Results

You can choose to display 20, 50 or 100 results per page, and then use the 'Next' and 'Previous' buttons to page through your results if necessary. When you combine the paging feature with sorting, it allows for flexible viewing of your search results.

 

Mapping Search Results

Click 'Map These Properties' in the toolbox on the right side of the page. Doing so will plot your current resultset onto the map. This feature is useful you want to see if your search results have any geographic relation.

  • The first 100 properties will be mapped.

Printing Search Results

Click 'Print These Results' when you want to print a hard copy of your results. Clicking this link does not immediately print your results. Instead it links to a page where you can review your results and add notes before you print.

 

Emailing Search Results

Click 'Email These Properties' in the toolbox on the right side of the page. You will be redirected to an Email page. There, you'll be prompted to fill out a form with the relevant information required to send an email. You also have an option to send a copy of the email to yourself. When you are finished, click Send.

 

Exporting Search Results to Excel

To save a copy of your search results in comma delimated (.csv) file format, click 'Export These Results'. Comma delimated (.csv) files are common types of files that many spreadsheet programs, like Microsoft Excel, can read.

Notes about exporting results:

  • Click here to download Excel Viewer 2003 free from Microsoft.

  • Mailing lists created on this website cannot be used to aid in the solicitation of goods or services.

 

Downloadable Sales Reports

Downloadable Sales Reports are comma delimated (.csv) files that contain property information in table form. The reports are downloaded and saved on your computer to be viewed by a spreadsheet program on your computer. The most popular spreadsheet viewing program is Microsoft Excel. When you open the sales report in Microsoft Excel, each property is a row in the table and each property has fields displayed as columns of the table.

Fields returned from the report typically include:

  • Parcel Number
  • Owner Name
  • Property Address
  • Mailing Address
  • Total Acres
  • Legal Description
  • Neighborhood Number
  • Land Use Description
  • Net Annual Tax
  • Tax District
  • Sale Date
  • Sale Price
  • Seller
  • Year Built
  • Number Of Stories
  • Total SquareF eet
  • Total Rooms
  • Total Bedrooms
  • Total Family Rooms
  • Total Formal Dining
  • Total Baths

Notes about viewing downloadable sales reports:

  • Downloadable Sales Reports are only available after performing an Advanced Search.

  • Properties are returned for each sale they are involved in. If a property has been sold three times within the given search criteria it would show up in the downloadable sales report on three separate lines.

  • Click here to download Excel Viewer 2003 free from Microsoft.

 

Saving and Retrieving Searches

Learn how to save your search results and retrieve them later. Saving and Retrieving searches is useful for frequent users of the website. When you save a search it is persisted as a cookie allowing it to be available in future sessions. Saving and retrieving searches is almost effortless. Read more about it in the following sections:

 

The 'Save This Search As:' Feature

On the Search Results page, a 'Save This Search As:' feature is available on the right edge of the screen.


Steps to save a search:

  • Saving a search works just like saving a property; type in the textbox the name you wish to save your search results as and click 'Save Search'.

  • If your save is successful, a 'Saved Searches:' list will appear just below the 'Save This Search As:' box. (See Your 'Saved Searches:' List).

 

Your 'Saved Searches:' List

If you have saved searches, a 'Saved Searches:' box will appear on the right edge of the screen. This box will contain all your previously saved searches as a list.

Additional Information

  • Previously saved searches are available from any page within Online Auditor.

  • To retrieve a previously saved search, simply click the desired Saved Search, and you will be taken to the Search Results page.

  • Previously saved searches are cleared by clicking the 'x' in the Saved Searches titlebar. Note: this clears all Saved Searches. You are unable to remove just one Saved Search from your list.