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In a real estate transaction too often the issue of building and zoning violations is overlooked by the buyer or unknown by the seller.

In the case of the buyer, the new owner will inherit any illegal improvement made to the property. Then, sooner or later, the buyer is penalized and will have to pay unexpected costs and waste a lot of time figuring out what's wrong.

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

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

Even though realtors, title companies, attorneys, and other professionals perform their job the best way they can, they cannot do a through search in the construction history records of the property to find any unpermitted addition done in the property since its original construction to the present.

Some of the professionals involved in the sale of a property try to collect all this information spending several hours in different County offices without receiving compensation from their clients for this extra-service. On the other hand, when buyers are penalized after the sale, their frustration and pain turns on the professionals they hired, and often times buyers blame the realtors.

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 decision avoiding costly mistakes.

You as a professional realtor must strongly recommend this service to your clients (sellers or buyers).  If they hire us you can be certain that you client will save time, money, frustration and will, above all, appreciate your recommendation. Furthermore, if you recommend our service and your client decides to not hire us, they can not blame you if they find that their property has violations problems after the sale.


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:



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