Re: How to find lots through the city records/redevelopment agency
From: Sharon Villines (
Date: Fri, 10 Jun 2005 05:33:52 -0700 (PDT)

On Jun 10, 2005, at 3:06 AM, Diana Chung wrote:

Does anyone have any experience on how to navigate the maze of
city record and personnel to find potential sites?  San Jose has
a redevelopment agency but I'm intimidated by the whole land
search process.

The people in these offices are often very helpful and they have systems in place to help people. They do this all day everyday -- help people find things. Sometimes someone has attitude but basically it is in their best interests to help you find what you are looking for. There will also be other people there using the records who will be glad to answer questions. Some people are in this office everyday doing research for various clients.

The offices can be very busy so just relax and expect to take some time. You might browse their website before you go to get a sense of how they are organized even if the actual records are not online.

Many MLS real estate listings are now online -- this may be a faster way to find land.

Sharon Villines
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