Real estate profession hurt by TaxSifter decision

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Disabling the TaxSifter function to search for properties by owners’ names is crippling to the real estate profession.

For example, as a Realtor I visited a property 20-plus miles from Walla Walla to do a market analysis for the owner. While there, the owner produced a legal document that said his property contained nearly five acres, including an adjoining piece of land, which he told me had a separate parcel number.

The information I received from the title company was for a parcel of less than three acres. I need to do a name search to find the other parcel, and I now can do that only by calling the county and having someone look it up.

I do much of my work at home in the evening and on weekends and other times when the county office is not open. This makes me unable to do my work efficiently.

I would also like to point out the obvious — there are many other ways to learn where a person lives than by using the county records.

Arda Blevins

Walla Walla

Comments

silverfox 1 year, 5 months ago

Any name can be edited out of the Taxsifter program. It isn't necessary to throw out the whole unit-section.

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RetiredinWW 1 year, 5 months ago

I have a family member in local law enforcement. I googled his name and came up with not just his address, but phone number, business address and phone number, wife's name and the names of several other family members as well. All that in just the first two pages. If I felt like paying for it, I would probably get a whole lot more than that. Turn the name search back on County! There are a lot of honest people who use it in the course of doing business every day!

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