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There Are No Secrets on the Internet…..Google This! Zillow That!

Yucca Valley, Ca. I am probably the last person that should be writing about this topic because I am not a computer guru like DanO.  But that is the whole premise of this post, a person does not have to be a rocket scientist to find information on the Internet.

If I can do it, anyone can figure it out or if you have extra dollars to spare, subscribe to a service to provide the information you need in order to research a property,subject, corporation or to hire an individual.

Your information is out there. It is up to you to find out what the public knows about you, your age, your place of residence, etc. There are documents that are public information and are listed on the County Recorder website.

If you run for office or if you are a public official,elected or appointed, you are required to file a Form 700, Statement of Financial Interests, which becomes a public document.  In filing a Form 700, the only property you are not required to list is your private residence. The public has the right to know what are the financial interests of a public official to include income, investments, property, loans, amounts and interest rates to include income/investments of his or her spouse. Properties held in trust must be disclosed by law to insure no decisions are made for self benefit which violates Conflict of Interest laws.  These completed forms are posted on the FPPC, Fair Political Practice Commission website, and copies are available from the Town clerk or filing agency.

Property information can be obtained several ways, either by APN#, Assessors Parcel Number, physical address, owner name or listed by Grantor/Grantee provided by the Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange, Los Angeles or other county.  All a person needs is a computer.

Before I invest in a property, I order a “Property Profile” to review the loan information and taxes owed, if any.  All perfectly legal, I might add.

As a public service to those who wish to become more informed about the information that is provided by the Internet, I have listed a few easy links for you to explore. Additionally, I will provide a link for you to inquire if the State owes you any money…if you find a jackpot, please tithe 10% to your church and same to this blog, Cactus Thorns.

Happy Hunting! Readers- Please post your favorite link or search engine just for fun, Ok?

Google Search here

Form 700 link here

FPPC Form 700 Filings here

Grantor/Grantee Recordings here

Zillow Property Foreclosure Information here

California State Controller’s Office-Unclaimed Property here


Margo Sturges Author Link here

Cactus Thorns tithe Here [cpDonation id=’Supportblog’]


2 Responses to There Are No Secrets on the Internet…..Google This! Zillow That!

  1. Margo Sturges
    Margo Sturges September 21, 2012 at 8:46 PM is helpful.

  2. Paparrazi
    Paparrazi September 21, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    I think the best way to go is to post nothing but great things about yourself. Using that strategy even the President could look like an economic genius. All kidding aside. Your post reminded me of a time here on CT that I was having a very contentious debate with a regular poster. He was saying things that I knew could be harmful to them if someone used those words in a lawsuit, little did I know that he wasn't using his real name but an alias anyway. As a person that was trying to be intellectually honest I politely mentioned for them to be careful because everything you say here can be used against you by someone that has ought against you. So out jumps this guy that has a predilection to show pictures of dead babies defending the other poster. Then he tries to threaten me with some bogus legal action. I reminded him that he was practicing law without a license. He ceased to respond any further regarding that issue. My guess was that he was to busy harassing his neighbors and stalking their daughter.


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