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Many buyers inherit zoning and building violations without knowing about them before the sale of the property.

Buyers agree to buy properties "As Is," however, this term is perceived by them as the current property condition for minor damages and cosmetic repairs; they really don't imagine that the beautiful and convenient "Florida room," "covered terrace," "extra room," "new windows or shutters," are precisely illegal improvements that eventually will have to be legalized or demolished.

When buyers are penalized after the sale, they blame the professionals they hired before the sale, especially Realtors, Attorneys, and Title Companies. Buyers often look for compensation or help in a situation that nobody wants to take on.

In the case of the seller, a pre-existing violation might extend or interrupt the closing. A potential buyer would be concerned and could decide not to make the deal. All this will delay the sale of the property even more.

If a property's violations are discovered prior to the sale, both the buyer and seller will be able to make the right decisions before the sale because they will be negotiating and working together in an honest and transparent win-to-win process.

By acquiring our services you as a real estate attorney can have more valuable information in order to better protect your client. We can assure you that our Complete Search of all construction records will avoid them costly mistakes. Your client will appreciate your advice.

This applies for residential (SFR, townhouse, duplex or condo) or commercial (Warehouse, Industrial, Office Building, and Condominium) properties.

The best option for the buyer or the seller it's our Complete Search but, if they want just a partial search like having only the microfilm records, we can do it for them.

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

Get Microfilm Records Only:

We schedule and attend the appointment to get any microfilm records for a single family residence, townhouse, duplex, condo, warehouse, office building, multifamily, or any other commercial or industrial property.

It could be records of when the property was 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 your clients will save time and get better results by hiring us instead of doing it themselves.

We will make sure of the following for your clients:

  • Pre-search each address before to schedule appointment to avoid unnecessary search fees.
  • Obtain the right plans for the 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 your clients must have in addition to microfilm records. This other information is:

  • 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. Previous owners have been paying more taxes but, if the addition was done without a permit, it's still a violation an eventually the new owner will be penalized.

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

Write Construction History Report:

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

We will, as part of this service, analyze these documents and write a summarized report in English or Spanish that will be easy to understand for your clients.

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 records, 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