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How Much Time Do You Spend In The Courthouse?

How Often Do You Go to the Courthouse?

  • I go on every assignment

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • I used to go on every assignment because we had to

    Votes: 3 6.5%
  • I go routinely for deeds, plats, and other information

    Votes: 7 15.2%
  • I occasionally go to the courthouse for some things

    Votes: 5 10.9%
  • I rarely go to the courthouse but I have been to the Assessor and Clerks files

    Votes: 10 21.7%
  • Courthouse? What is a courthouse? I've never been there for appraisal research.

    Votes: 21 45.7%

  • Total voters
    46
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Terrel L. Shields

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Curious to see where you research and why. If "courthouse" is you local municipal or township office...ditto as if county courthouse.
 

Eli

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It depends on the county in TN. I don't subscribe to the State Tax records database so I have to go in some counties. Many rural appraisers in TN subscribe to state tax records for like all the counties either in the state or TN is broke up into west TN, middle TN, east TN. I am not sure whether they subscribe statewide or per region. The rural folks probably still have to go many times even if they do subscribe.

Commercial appraisers have to go often to tax offices, especially if working in a new area. Along with code enforcement, etc.
 

The Warrior Monk

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Technically not the courthouse, but I do go to the County Clerk's office on occasion which is where the deeds, mortgages, and other legal documents are located. I go to town and village halls all the time for property specific data.
 

CindyR

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Remember this is one of those locational differences. Maricopa County AZ has same day recording for everything and it is available on-line within hours. And they have digitally recorded those records going back to 1871. i don't think you can go anywhere and ask to see the paper documents for any of them.
 

Peter LeQuire

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The property assessor (and the GIS/mapping specialist), the register and the trustee are in our county's courthouse - about a 3 block amble from my office. While most of the information (other than mapping-related stuff) is available on line (through a proprietary public records reporting service linked to MLS), I find staying acquainted with the people in those offices can be useful. Further, the reporting service isn't as careful as it should be, and I find that its information is often not correct. I occasionally go to the assessors' and registers' offices in other counties, but the need to do so has all but disappeared, in part because some lenders and AMCs have put distance to properties being appraised as a criterion for appraiser selection.

There is a lag between deeds being recorded and their being picked up by the reporting service, so that there are times when a phone call or trip to the register's office is necessary to verify a transaction has actually closed.
 
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Eli

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The property assessor (and the GIS/mapping specialist), the register and the trustee are in our county's courthouse - about a 3 block amble from my office. While most of the information (other than mapping-related stuff) is available on line (through a proprietary public records reporting service linked to MLS), I find staying acquainted with the people in those offices can be useful. Further, the reporting service isn't as careful as it should be, and I find that its information is often not correct. I occasionally go to the assessors' and registers' offices in other counties, but the need to do so has all but disappeared, in part because some lenders and AMCs have put distance to properties being appraised as a criterion for appraiser selection.

There is a lag between deeds being recorded and their being picked up by the reporting service, so that there are times when a phone call or trip to the register's office is necessary to verify a transaction has actually closed.

You know then. It is amazing sometimes the "inside" info you get from them. Some is useless info but some is priceless. I don't do much rural work anymore, but I have done a ton of it.
 

Eli

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Tennessee
I used to carry doughnuts to a few every now and then. Lol
 

VegasWayne

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Nevada
Online records here are much better than what you find at the courthouse. The only reason to go there is when you can't get out of jury duty.
 

Peter LeQuire

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I can get to the assessor's office pricing maps, which can save a lot of time, particularly in doing site or acreage work. The mapping/GIS specialist is very accommodating, and will produce maps with virtually any overlay (flood zone, topo, whatever) in his menu.
 

Eli

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Tennessee
Online records here are much better than what you find at the courthouse. The only reason to go there is when you can't get out of jury duty.

Different geography. Don't move to some rural areas in TN. Lol
 
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