Subject Search

GENERAL

The number of records located will vary per search request, with an increased result set when the search parameters are broad. Up to 100 records can be returned on any one of the four Property Subject searches: Address, Advanced Address, Owner Name and APN. A Document Image search will only locate a single matched image. Our Custom Search option allows you to select the maximum number of records to be returned per search, up to 25,000 records. The default parameter for this search option is 1,000 records.

SEARCH CRITERIA
RealQuest is not case-sensitive. This means that the search criteria can be entered in either upper or lowercase or in a combination thereof.

  • Wild Card (*) Usage
    The asterisk (*) is a wild card that can be used if you’re uncertain of the complete criteria for the field you’re searching. For instance, to search a partial street name, simply enter in a partial name followed by an asterisk. For example, entering “green*” in the street name field will result in properties with a street name beginning with “green,” such as Greenfield, Greenleaf and Green River.
  • Auto Wild Card
    In the Owner Last Name, Owner First Name and APN fields, an auto wild card is utilized when searching for matching criteria. For example, in the case of an Owner Name search of “Martin,” the search results may include “Martinez” and an APN search of 123-45 would include 123-456-78 or 123-459, etc.
  • Parentheses for Embedded Range Search
    Aside from the Range search form to locate a range of house numbers in a subject search using the From and To fields, parentheses can be used to search for a range of house numbers in an Address or Advanced Address subject search. For example, entering (100-200) Vine in the Street Address field will return up to 100 properties on Vine with street numbers between and including 100 through 200.
  • Searching for House Addresses that Contain Dashes
    Enter your house number including the dashes into any address search input field. In Address search, enter 100-10C Main Street in the Street Address field. In Advanced Address search, enter 100-10C in the House Number field. In Address Range search, enter the start range as 100-10C in the From field and 100-50C in the To field as your ending range.

 

ADDRESS SEARCH
The Address search screen is a streamlined interface to enter criteria to locate a single property.

  • A house number and/or a street name is required for an address search. If you are unsure of the exact house number, you may enter a range to find all addresses within that house number range using embedded parentheses, such as (100-200) Vine to locate properties on Vine Street between and including 100 through 200.
  • Any other address information is optional, but can be used in conjunction with these data elements in the single line input field.
  • A ZIP code or city and state combination is also required to locate a property or properties.

Search Tip - We employ an enhanced searching algorithm that utilizes the city name with the property state and/or ZIP code to provide you with the best possible match to your desired search results. Therefore, for the best possible results, we recommend using a city name with the state and/or ZIP code whenever possible.

ADVANCED ADDRESS SEARCH
The Advanced Address search offers the ability to focus the property search on one or more of the different informational components that make up a property address. A house number and/or street name are required for the Advanced Address search. Any other address information is optional, but can be used in conjunction with either or both of these address data elements. In addition, a ZIP code or a county and state combination is required to locate a property or properties.

  • House No
    Enter the house number of the property address. If you are unsure of the exact house number, you may enter a range to find all addresses within that range using embedded parentheses, such as (100-200).
  • Pre Dir
    Pre Direction is used in cases where the direction precedes the street name. For example, if searching 100 S Main Street, “S” would be entered as the pre direction. If required to further limit a property search, you may select one of the pre-directional options from the drop-down list.
  • Street Name
    Enter the street name of the subject property address. If you are unsure of the correct spelling, enter the first few letters of the street name, followed by an asterisk (*) to match all streets beginning with those letters. If you are searching a numeric street name, you should enter the appropriate numbered street name, for example, either 1st or First, 7th or Seventh, etc.
  • Post Dir
    Post Direction is used in cases where the direction follows the street name. For example, if searching 900 Park Avenue NW, “NW” would be entered as the post direction. If required to further limit a property search, you may select one of the post-directional options from the drop-down list.
  • Suffix
    Enter a valid USPS abbreviation for your street type. The following abbreviations should be used for these preferred suffixes:

 

ALY Alley EXPY Expressway PL Place
ARC Arcade EXT Extension PLZ Plaza
AVE Avenue FWY Freeway RD Road
BLVD Boulevard GDNS Garden ROW Row
BR Branch HTS Height SQ Square
BRG Bridge HWY Highway ST Street
BY Bypass ISS Island TER Terrace
CYN Canyon KNLS Knoll TUNL Tunnel
CSWY Causeway LN LANE TPKE Turnpike
CTR Center LOOP Loop VIS Vista
CIR Circle MALL Mall WALK Walk
CT Court MNR Manor WAY Way
CV Cove OVAL Oval PASS Pass
CRES Crescent PARK Park PATH Path
XING Crossing PKY Parkway PIKE Pike
DR Drive

 

  • Unit No
    Enter the subject property unit number in this field. This field accepts alpha and numeric data, for example, 104A.
  • State
    Select from the drop-down list, the two-character abbreviation for the state in which you wish to search.
  • County
    After selecting the state, choose from the drop-down list, the county name in which you wish to search.
  • ZIP code
    Enter the subject property five-digit ZIP code.

RANGE SEARCH
A new Address Range search option has been added. If you are uncertain of the exact house number, this new feature is very helpful.

  • Simply enter your starting house number in the From field, the ending house number in the To field, and the Street Name in the Street Name field.
  • A ZIP code or city and state combination is also required to locate properties.

OWNER SEARCH
The Owner Search screen provides a simple and easy interface to search via owner last name or a combination of owner last name and owner first name. First name only searches are unavailable. A ZIP code or a county and state combination is also required for this search option.

  • Owner Last Name
    If the owner is an individual, enter the owner’s last name. Do not enter the owner’s first name or middle initial in this field. If the owner is a corporation or business, enter the name as it appears. Omit words such as “and”, “of” and “the.” If you are unsure of the correct spelling, enter only a few letters of the last name or first word of a business; auto wild card functionality applied to this field will find all names beginning with those letters.
  • Owner First Name
    For an individual, enter the owner’s first name omitting the middle initial. If the owner is a corporation or business, do not use this field. Use the Owner Last Name field for corporation or business ownership searches. If you are unsure of the correct spelling, enter only a few letters of the first name; auto wild card functionality applied to this field will find all names beginning with those letters.
  • State
    Select from the drop-down list, the two-character abbreviation for the state in which you wish to search.
  • County
    After selecting the state, choose from the drop-down list, the county name in which you wish to search.
  • ZIP code
    Enter the subject property five-digit ZIP code.

APN SEARCH
The APN search screen provides a simple and easy to use interface when searching for properties using the Assessors Parcel Number (APN), also known as the Folio Number, Parcel Number, and/or Account Number, as assigned by the county as the parcel identifier.  A ZIP code or a county and state combination is also required for this search option.

  • APN or Alternate/Old APN
    Enter the formatted APN or Alternate/Old APN exactly the way it appears on the county records- include all dashes and zeros. Note that characters such as “+” or “&” are not supported in this search field. If you do not know the entire APN, you may enter the first few digits of the APN and the system will search for all parcels beginning with the portion you have entered.
  • State
    Select from the drop-down list, the two-character abbreviation for the state in which you wish to search.
  • County
    After selecting the state, choose from the drop-down list, the county name in which you wish to search.
  • ZIP
    Enter the subject property five-digit ZIP code.