If you cannot locate an address when running a search for a property report, try one of the following alternatives:
- Ensure the Address is Correct
- Multiple Matching Property Addresses
- Secondary or Alternate Address
- Property Doesn't Have a Registered Address
- Search by Parcel ID
- Use Street Index (where available)
- Use PropertyShark Maps (where available)
- Spelling & Abbreviations
Ensure the Address is Correct
The addresses we show are obtained from local government agencies, such as the county clerk or tax assessor's offices. Consequently, you may occasionally come across addresses that show on Google, but not on PropertyShark. Always make sure that the address you're typing in is correct and that it is the official address the property is recorded under.
Multiple Matching Property Addresses
When searching for an address, the system will automatically generate a drop-down list of suggestions as you type. However, sometimes, you might get this message:
In these cases, try deleting part of the address and looking through the list of suggestions to locate the one you're interested in. When you find the right one, simply click on it in the drop-down menu:
Secondary or Alternate Address
PropertyShark displays the primary address of a property as well as the secondary addresses, regardless of how many there are. In some instances, it may look like the wrong property is showing because the system will always prompt you to the primary address instead. Always check the "Address" section in the property overview to confirm that the address that displays is the one you were looking for.
In the case of the address used in the above example, 550 W 125th St is a secondary address for 1320-1336 Amsterdam Ave, which is where the search will redirect you to.
Property Doesn't Have a Registered Address
This is particularly common with vacant land. In such cases, running a search for a property by address isn't possible. Instead, search by Parcel ID, or use the Street Index or Maps tool.
Search by Parcel ID
If the address isn't coming up, but you know the Parcel ID/Block and Lot for the property, you can run the search that way. Just make sure to switch to "Search by Parcel ID" on the home page:
For searches in the five boroughs of New York City, separate the block and lot by a dash. PropertyShark will display the BBL in the following format: X-XXXXX-XXXX for borough-block-lot; however, you don't need to enter additional digits as these are used only internally by our search algorithms. See an example of a Parcel ID search below:
When using the Parcel ID search, keep in mind that the system is symbol-sensitive; it will account for any dots, dashes or other characters used by local county recorders. Parcel IDs have different formats depending on the county, so make sure that you type them in as needed. See a few examples below:
New York City: 1822-0037
Nassau County: 51-151-29
Suffolk County: 31532
Use Street Index (where available)
If you're not having any luck searching by address or parcel ID, try navigating the available ZIP codes in the area and the streets associated with each ZIP code. The Street Index is available on the home page underneath the address search bar:
Use PropertyShark Maps (where available)
"Maps" are also very helpful, especially if you are looking for vacant land or if you don't know either the address or Parcel ID of the property. Find the Maps at the top of the page, in between the "Comparables" and "Mailing/Data Lists" buttons:
Check out this article for guidance locating properties using our Maps tool.
Spelling & Abbreviations
Some street names are recorded under an abbreviated name, or even an entirely different address. One example is Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, which is a popular street name across the U.S., and is spelled differently each time. In such cases, either of the alternative search methods listed above would help you locate the right property.