Real Estate Search
We can do a search for real estate, that is, houses, apartments, buildings or farms. This is as long as the property has been registered in the Puerto Rico Property Registry. The service consists of providing you with copies of folios with the registry data of the property.
The registry data is what is officially used for the property market in Puerto Rico. In other words, all registered properties are supposed to have the following information: "finca" or property number, volume, folio and section of the Property Registry. It is worth noting that this service not is equivalent to a "Title Study", but a general investigation. A Title Study is a more detailed process performed by someone who is dedicated to this type of issue.
We use our research resources to search for properties at the Municipal Revenue Collection Center (CRIM) and the Property Registry. We can also obtain debt certifications from CRIM but only if you are the property owner.
On the other hand, if you hire us to handle your estate case, it is also possible to search for the accounts in financial institutions left by the deceased. This option is very useful when you are not sure if your relative left any accounts that you were not aware of. This way, you will avoid having those accounts with more than five (5) years of inactivity transferred to the government. Also, we can search for those unclaimed funds that have been transferred to the Office of the Insurance Commissioner of Puerto Rico.
What are the requirements for the property search?
In order to do a property search, we need the full name (with last and mother´s maiden names) of the main owner. Also, if you know where the property is located, we will need the full physical address. If you do not know the address, at least the town where the property is located. However, if you only have the registration details of the property, you can add them at the time of payment.
Additional services to the property search
If you also need a copy of the property deed, in case of a purchase or donation, you can request it through a Certified Copy. However, to have access to the copy of a deed, you must be an interested party. In other words, you must be one of the owners or heirs.
On the other hand, it should be noted that those properties acquired through inheritance do not typically carry a deed. Therefore, if you need a certification that the property is in someone's name, you can add a Registry Certification (20 working days) to your order.
How long does a property search take?
The property search service takes seven (7) working days. However, if you also request the Certified Copy service, it may take an additional 20-25 business days. If you wish to obtain a Certification from the Land Registry, it may take 15-30 working days.
Is it possible to do a search for bank accounts of deceased persons?
Yes, if you hire us to process an estate transfer, we may search for accounts in financial institutions left by a deceased person. This option is very useful when you are not sure if your relative left any accounts that you were not aware of. This way, you will avoid having those accounts with more than five (5) years of inactivity transferred to the government. Also, we can search for those unclaimed funds that have been transferred to the Office of the Insurance Commissioner of Puerto Rico.
Where can I go if I have questions or doubts?
If even after reading this you still have a doubt or question, you can send us a message through the Contact form.