Video Quick Tip – Access the Transaction History for a single parcel!

In this short video tutorial, we’ll quickly show you how access Recorded Documents associated with a single parcel.

First, let’s go ahead and conduct a QUICK SEARCH.

For this example, let’s run a search by APN number: 009-0215-025-0000

The results are displayed both in the google map window as well as the List View.

To access the Transaction History tab, we’ll first need to open the DETAIL Sheet associated with this particular parcel.

To do so, I’m going to click on the ID# that’s listed just to the left of the APN number. By clicking the ID#, the List View will convert to the Detail View.

Next, click on the Transaction History Tab.

From here, you can purchase all available documents associated with this parcel by first clicking ‘Select ALL Documents’ and then clicking on the green ‘Purchase Selected Documents’ button

If you don’t want to purchase all documents, you can purchase select documents associated with a specific Recording Date by simply checking the box next to the Document Image and Recording Date of interest and then clicking on the green ‘Purchase Selected Documents’ button

From this screen, you can also purchase the FULL REPORT that includes completed document numbers and extensive detail for each transaction.

After you’ve completed your purchases, your document images are available for download from the PURCHASES section of the ACCOUNT menu.

Please note, ParcelQuest offers a partial listing of recorded documents that include deeds, mortgages, releases, reconveyances, assignments, modifications, pre-foreclosure notices and subordinations. To access other types of documents, please contact the County Recorder’s Office.

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Video Quick Tip – The All New MapEdge 2.0!

Welcome to another ParcelQuest Video Quick Tip!

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to set mapEdge 2.0 as your default Map Viewer along with how to use the main features in mapEdge 2.0.

Please note – this video quick tip is meant to hi-light some of the main features in mapEdge 2.0. If you’d like more detailed instructions after watching this video, please make use of the mapEdge 2.0 User Guide which you can access from the ‘Help’ section within mapEdge 2.0.

Unlike our first mapEdge program that was launched a number of years ago, mapEdge 2.0 is compatible with ALL internet web browsers. In this tutorial, I’ll be using Google Chrome.

  • Set mapEdge 2.0 as the default Map Viewer (1:05) 
  • Run a search and open an APN Map (1:40)
  • Zoom In/Out/Full Extent (2:45)
  • Measure & Highlight (3:30)
  • Add Arrows to the Map (7:40)
  • Drawing History (8:45)

Don’t forget to make use of the MapEdge 2.0 user guide by clicking the Online Help button. I would recommend going over this manual when you have a moment since there are additional features that aren’t covered in this video tutorial.

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How can I quickly PRINT a parcel detail page or list view?

One of the common questions we receive is: “How do I quickly and easily print either a list view of parcels or a specific detail page?” In this video, we’ll show you how. Enjoy!

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Video Quick Tip – Download Your Google Map Image as a PNG or JPG!

In this video, we’ll show you how to successfully download a current Google map image. For this demonstration, we’ll be using Internet Explorer.

First, you’ll want to set the file format preference for future Google map image downloads. To do this, click on the ‘Account’ drop down menu at the top of your screen. From there, select ‘My Preferences’. Within the ‘Preferences’ tab towards the bottom, you’ll see a drop down menu titled ‘Current Image’ Format. From here, you can set the file format for your Google map image downloads. We’ve provided two formats: *png and *jpg. For purposes of this exercise, we’ll select *jpg. After the selection has been made, go ahead and ‘close’ the dialog box.

Next, let’s go ahead and perform a search. For demonstration purposes, let’s look for all o wner names with the last name of ‘Williamson’ in Sonoma county. Make sure the ‘Show Map’ box is checked and then select ‘View Results’. The next screen will display the results of your search on the Google map.

To capture and download the current view of the Google image, select the ‘View’ option from the tools menu to the left of the Google Map. Select the ‘Current Image’ link at the bottom of the ‘View’ menu. After making this selection, the Google map image that’s displayed will begin to immediately download. Your browser will then ask if you want to ‘Open’ or ‘Save’ the current image download. You’ll want to select the ‘Save’ option. You can always ‘Open’ the image file later.

To locate the ‘saved’ Google image *jpg, open Windows Explorer. Next, open your ‘Downloads’ folder. The name of the file will be ‘ParcelQuestMapImage’. To open the file, simply double-click on the file name. In Windows, the file will normally open within the Windows Live Photo Gallery. From here, you can copy, e-mail, or print your Google Map image file.

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Video Quick Tip – How do I capture a Google map image?

One of the questions we’re asked often regarding the new ParcelQuest Online, is “How do I capture a current Google map image”?

To the left of the Google Map Window, you’ll notice a vertical menu of Tools. At the top of the menu, you’ll notice the first tool is ‘View’. To open the ‘View’ tool, left-mouse click on the top blue square that says ‘View’.

At the bottom of the ‘View’ menu, notice that there is a rectangular button that says ‘Current Image’. By clicking on the ‘Current Image’ button, the current view of the Google Map will begin to download. Once the download is complete, the Internet Explorer browser will ask if you want to OPEN or SAVE the image.

If you choose ‘SAVE’, you’ll have the option of saving the image in the file folder of your choosing. If you instead choose ‘OPEN’, the image is opened immediately in the Windows Photo Viewer if you’re using a PC. In choosing this option, the image will also automatically be stored in your ‘Downloads’ folder on your hard drive.

Please note, the default file extension for these Google Map image downloads is a *png file. The *png file type has a resolution that’s a bit more crisp than a *jpg and is just as universal.

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Video Quick Tips – How do I access a parcel’s detail page?

One of the enhancements of the new ParcelQuest Online is the ability to view the list or parcel detail along with the Google Map.

There are two (2) ways to open a parcel’s detail page.

The first is from the Google Interactive Map. Simply click on the drop pin that corresponds with the parcel that you’re looking for. You’ll see a pop-up box appear. By clicking on the APN # within the pop-up box, the list view below the map will transition to that specific parcel’s detail page.

The other way to open a parcel’s detail page is to locate the parcel you’re looking for within the list view. First, you’ll want to make sure that the display type is in ‘List View’. You’ll notice that each parcel has a corresponding ID#. Click on the ID # for the parcel that you’re looking for, and the list view will transition to the detail page for that particular parcel.

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Paul Cowdery presents to CLSA’s Northern Counties Chapter


Paul Cowdery, Director of Sales and Business Development at ParcelQuest, has spoken at a variety of public engagements on various topics related to California property issues. More recently, Paul has engaged several customer audiences on the history of the property assessment process and the recent impact of the real estate market crash. Because of ParcelQuest’s unique relationship with CA County Assessors and the daily process that ParcelQuest uses to standardize and analyze the property tax roll data provided by the counties, we’re in a unique position to understand actual effects of the new ‘Prop-13 and Prop-8 paradigm’.

Most are familiar with Proposition 13 that passed in 1978 that limits property assessment increases to 2% annually regardless of market behavior. For much of the last 30 years, it’s represented a collective ‘win-win’ for state agencies and property owners. Agencies could enjoy revenue growth from small yearly property tax increases while both residential and commercial property owners could count on property tax stability. The real estate crash of 2007 changed all of this. It ushered in an era of uncertainty and, more importantly, it created the ‘event driven assessment process’. Proposition 8 (also passed in 1978) allows for reductions in assessed value ‘if a property’s value has been reduced by economic conditions’. In the 36 years since the passage Props-13 and 8, economic conditions have almost NEVER had a statewide impact on assessed values – until now.

For the first time since 1978, a large portion of California’s property tax revenue is tied to fluctuations in the real estate market. But almost no one understands why this new reality has occurred or knows what to expect in the future. Furthermore, after 33 years of highly predictable revenue, many are scrambling for insight into what makes some assessment values fluctuate while others remain stable, whether or not there is still a measure of predictability to this revenue source, and how long budgets will be subject to market forces.

In his presentation to the Northern Counties Chapter of C.L.S.A (CA Land Surveyors Assocition), Paul does an excellent job of breaking it all down and helps us understand how this once (somewhat) simple and straightforward process has become so complicated – and what it all means!

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