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.