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The sale of a property can be interrupted and even canceled when you discover, just a few days before the closing date, that it has a pre-existing violation.

How many times has a closing date been delayed because of an expired permit that the Title Company discovered a couple of days before the closing? Then, the person that has the most interest in making the deal has to go to the Building Department and try to figure out what's wrong and what could be done in the last minute to make the sale.

Instead, if a property's violations are discovered with enough time before the closing date, all people involved in the transaction could set the necessary arrangements to close the deal without any inconvenience.

The seller and the buyer can decide between themselves, as part of the sales contract, who will be responsible to remedy any violations, as well as the provisions that could be done in the financing.

Unfortunately, although a Title Company is used in every real estate transaction, we have met new owners that have been penalized after the sale because of pre-existing expired permits and other zoning and building violations.

You, as a Professional Mortgage Broker, must recommend our services to your clients.   By acquiring our services your clients will be better informed and therefore will not make costly mistakes. We can assure they will appreciate your advice. 

Here you have a description of what we can do for your clients:

Complete Search

We will perform the most complete and through search in several Miami-Dade County databases and offices in order to find if a residential or commercial property has any zoning or building violations.

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.

Then, the buyer, seller or their agent can inspect the property and compare what is built with the information we provide. Whatever the results are, and based in the available information, all people involved in the transaction will be able to make the right decisions avoiding costly mistakes.


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 or calling at 1-888-202-5969.



Search Prices for Residential Properties:



Complete search for residential property

 $    350.00





Search Prices for Commercial Properties:



Complete search for commercial property

 $    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