New King County Parcel Search Improves Map Experience

Over at the King County GIS Center, they’ve got an announcement up inviting users to check out Parcel Viewer 2.0 (beta). So far I’m mostly a fan of what I’m seeing. Pros of the new version include smooth scrolling and zooming across the map, an aerial overhead view option, and the ability to search for […]

How-To: Find Bank-Owned Homes

I received a few questions in the comments and via email last week about how to find bank-owned homes, so I thought I’d put together a little guide. For the purposes of this post, we’ll consider foreclosures in three stages: Pre-Foreclosure, Unlisted Bank-Owned, and On-Market Bank-Owned. Pre-Foreclosure A home in pre-foreclosure is one where the […]

Guided Tour: King County’s New Online Property Records

If you’re like me and you tend to do a lot of public records searches when you’re researching properties, you have probably noticed that King County has given their online property records a big face lift. As far as I can tell all the same information is available as before, plus a few new bonuses […]

How-To: Navigate and Understand Public Records

Yesterday a reader emailed me asking how to look up public foreclosure documents. Since it’s been over a year since I covered the topic of researching public records, I thought this would be a good time to review the process. In this post we’ll be discussing the process and providing links for King County. For […]

How To: Research Property & Loan Records

There are many reasons you might want to do some research into the loan documents and other public records for a certain property. You’re thinking of buying a house and want to know how much the seller owes when crafting your offer. You’re looking at a home for rent and want to know if the […]