If all you want is the owner's name and how much they paid you can do a search from the property appraisers web site. Start at http://www.coj.net and follow the links.
If you are looking for "clouds on the title" that require a TITLE SEARCH and you would need to pay a title company such as Chicago Title or First American as examples. A real estate attorney can also assist in this. We real estate professionals are limited in what we can search. I occasionally buy properties but before I write the contract I have my closing agency run a title search. That has saved me a bundle by not buying homes that had hidden federal liens. No wonder they were priced so low (lol).
JD "Dan" Weisenburger, GRI
Vanguard Realty Inc., GMAC Real Estate
You would need to have access to public records. If you provide me with the address, I can help you.
Prudential Network Realty
(904)260-4300 #327 Office
It is true that an agent can get title information fo ryou. There are some things that are public record. You can visit http://www.coj.net to get the information on the seller like how much they paid fo rthe house orginally, and you can also use this site to find deeds and mortgages. I use it all the time to look up if a seller has taken out a second mortgage. This is especially helpful when trying to negotiate a price on short sales. It will also help to know how motivated a seller owned property will be. With all seller owner proerties you never know their true motivation until you put in an offer. The seller pays the commission for a real Estate agent representing the buyer whether it be, a builder, a seller owned property, or a short sale/foreclosure. I do look out for your best interest and try to get you the most house for the least amount with as little out of pocket . If you are searching on the web and have a question about a property's title status or wish to see the inside you can call or email me. Good luck with your home search.
CC DeLong, Realtor
Diane Wheatley, Broker
Move Up Properties Real Estate Brokerage