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If you are an investor that is currently buying properties in this market, we can assist you in making the best deal. We have set up a "system" that helps us do more in less time. Instead of spending hours in the Building Department you can be outside checking properties and negotiating. We can be your "right hand" in getting valuable information for you.

We can deliver your results by e-mail, by US mail or by courier the same day we get the information.

Just let us know how you'd like your results and we will make sure they arrive promptly in the manner you choose

We can provide the following services for you:

Get Microfilm Records Only:

We schedule and attend the appointment to get the microfilm records for single family residences, townhouses, duplexes, condos, warehouses, office buildings, multifamily, or any other commercial or industrial properties.

It could be records of when the properties were originally built, additions, renovations or alterations, expired permits, find out if an interior remodel like a mezzanine or 2nd floor was done with or without permit, etc.

Because our staff holds several years of experience performing this service they know exactly what to ask for, therefore you will save time and get better results by hiring us instead of doing it yourself.

For example, commercial properties have several addresses (bays, units, suites, buildings, etc.). The Microfilm Search fee is $18.75 per address. If you want a complete search on all the units, you will be charged $18.75 per each, you make the numbers. Also, Microfilm Section will perform the search as a project and getting the results could take up to two weeks. You will get better results if we do this for you.

According to what you may need, we will make sure of the following:

  • Pre-search each address before to schedule appointment to avoid unnecessary search fees.
  • Obtain the right plans for your property.
  • A complete and thorough search performed by the microfilm technician.
  • Copies are printed as clear and legible as possible.
  • Avoid paying for unnecessary copies. 

Collect and Gather All Construction History Information:

There is other information you must have in addition to microfilm records. This other information may be:

  • All property's permit history.
  • Existing open and expired permits.
  • Existing violation cases.
  • Existing penalties and liens to pay.
  • In commercial properties confirm if interior renovations like mezzanines, 2nd floors, elevators, office partitions, etc. have been done with permit or not.
  • Any other specific information.

Get Tax Records:

Miami-Dade County's Property Appraisal's Office registers all additions and improvements of a property no matter if they were done with or without permit.

They adjust the new square footage of the property according with the new additions and increase the taxes. Owners pay more taxes but, if the addition was done without a permit, it's still a violation an eventually you as the new owner will be penalized.

Sometimes (Not in all properties) it's necessary to get the tax cards, also known as building jackets, to confirm if an addition/improvement was built with or without a permit. This could save you thousands of dollars!

Write Construction History Report:

Many people have difficulty in understanding documents obtained from the County offices because they don't have the experience or are not used to seeing them.

We assume that you as investor have some experience but if you want, as part of this service, we will analyze these documents and write a summarized report in English or Spanish that will be easy to understand.

That report will be supported by the printouts and plans obtained from the different Miami-Dade County offices

Complete Search (All of the above)

We will collect and gather all the available construction history information (Microfilm, permit history, tax records, etc.) to discover any change in the square footage from the original construction and improvements done until the present date. Also, we will look for any existing expired permits, violation cases, liens, etc., and will write a report that is easy to understand (English or Spanish). We will support that report with the documents obtained from the different County offices.


How to order:

We offer four options:

  1. On-Line: You can order on-line through our secure web site. Internet orders take priority over faxed, e-mail or phone orders.
  2. Fax: You can print the Search Request Form directly from our web site, fill it out and send it by fax at 1-888-202-5969. Our staff will process the payment and then will start the service.
  3. E-mail: You can also send us an e-mail to Info@SearchBeforeUBuy.comwith the complete contact, service and payment information.
  4. Phone: You can order by calling us at 1-888-202-5969 Ext. 1. Please be sure to have ready the complete contact, service and payment information.

Turnaround Time:

Depending of the specific service you may need we can deliver the results from 1 to 2 business days for residential properties and from 1 to 3 business days for commercial properties.

Delivery Method:

We can deliver your results in a PDF file by e-mail first and then by U.S. mail. If you need the original documentation sooner, we can deliver your results by courier. (Extra fee applies).

Our Services and fees:

Below you will see a partial price list, if you have any question or want to receive more information, please contact us by e-mail to or calling at 1-888-202-5969.



Search Prices for Residential Properties:



Get microfilm records only

 $      50.00


Collect and gather all construction history information

 $    100.00


Get Tax records

 $    100.00


Construction history report (written or verbal)

 $    100.00


Complete search for residential property (all of the above)

 $    350.00





Search Prices for Commercial Properties:



Get Microfilm records only

 $    150.00


Collect and gather all construction history information

 $    150.00


Construction history report (written or verbal)

 $    150.00


Get Tax records

 $    200.00


Complete search for residential property (all of the above)

 $    650.00





Other Services:



Hire us by hour to perform any search-related service

 $      60.00


Deliver results by courier

 $      30.00


Deliver results by U.S. mail (First class, priority, certified, etc.)



Referral Services

 No charge


Scan results and send them by e-mail

 No charge





Additional Miami-Dade County Fees:



Microfilm appointment and CPP request after 30 days



Microfilm copy per page



Microfilm certified copy per page




Do you know somebody who had bought a residential or commercial property and after some time has been penalized because of a violation left by the previous owner? Let us know at: info@search