Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
FAQs About The Search Form & Results
FAQs About The Real Estate Data In This Web Site
FAQs About The Search Form & Results:
What do the fields in the Search Form mean?
The online User's Guide describes all the fields in the Search Form in full detail.
What do the fields in the Search Results mean?
The online User's Guide describes all the fields in the Search Results in full detail.
What do the fields in the Record Detail Page mean?
The online User's Guide describes all the fields in the Record Detail Page in full detail.
How do I perform a specific type of search?
The Search Examples page of this section describes many types of common searches.
Why isn't my city listed in the Town field of the Search Form?
Only the towns or municipalities that handle your taxes are listed. So if your city is not listed, refer to your governing town or municipality.
What if a listing is wrong? How can I fix it?
Unfortunately, we cannot change an incorrect listing. We obtain the data "as is" from the State of Vermont. So the only way the data can be corrected is if the State fixes it and republishes the data.
How can I make my searches faster?
The best way to increase the speed of the searches is to be more specific with your criteria. The more specific a search, the quicker it is. For example, always try to specify the town when performing a search.
Why are the Search Results limited to 250 records?
The search results show a maximum of 250 records for any given search. With such a large database, this is required to reduce the load on the database and keep its performance optimized.
Where can I learn more?
One of the best ways to learn more about the real estate information displayed on this Web site is to view the Vermont Property Transfer Tax Return form and instructions. Since all the data in this site comes from theses Transfer Tax Returns, it is a great way to help you understand the data in this site.
FAQs About The Real Estate Data In This Web Site:
Where does the real estate data come from?
The data on this Web site comes from the Vermont Property Transfer Tax Return data published by the Vermont Department of Taxes. This data is made available to the public in accordance with the public records laws of Vermont.
How often is the data updated?
The data in this Web site is updated whenever the Vermont Department of Taxes publishes the latest Vermont Property Transfer Tax Return data. This information is typically published weekly on Friday evenings by the Tax Department. This Web site is updated usually within 24 hours of the data being published. You can see when the data on this Web site was last updated by looking for the 'Last Update' date on the search form. The next question below also contains important information that you should read.
Why do the dates of the real estate transactions lag behind the 'Last Update' date of the Web site?
The Vermont Transfer Tax Return data is processed by the state days or weeks after the tax return is recorded at the Town Clerk's office. So the date of the real estate sales in the Web site are usually a little behind the 'Update Date' of the site, which is the date that the returns were processed by the state. The amount of lag time depends on your particular town. If your Town Clerk submits the Transfer Tax Returns to the state in a timely matter, then the returns will get processed quickly by the state and appear on this Web site. However, if your Town Clerk does not send in the Tax Returns right away, then the state cannot process them and they will not appear on this site.
So, if you find that the real estate data from your town is consistently outdated, then contact your local Town Clerk's office and ask them to send in their Transfer Tax Returns to the state quicker!
Why does the data only go back to 1986?
The public data files published by the Vermont Department of Taxes only go back to 1986. If the Department ever provides data files prior to 1986, then we will add it to this database.
Do you modify the data obtained from the state?
We do not modify the Vermont Property Transfer Tax data that is published by the state. We simply import the data into our database and make it available online.
How accurate is the data?
As discussed in our disclaimer, this Web site makes no claims as to the accuracy, validity, or authenticity of the data displayed on this Web site. The data is obtained directly from the Vermont Department of Taxes, who collects, stores, and publishes the data. Although the data is probably fairly accurate, we recommend that you verify all data and information on this Web site with the appropriate local or state officials.
Is it legal to show this information?
Yes, all the real estate data displayed on this Web site comes from public records that are published by the Vermont Department of Taxes. These records are part of the public record and are available for anyone to view or use.
Are you affiliated with the State of Vermont or the Department of Taxes?
No, we not affiliated with the State of Vermont or the Vermont Department of Taxes in any way. We are a private company.
Where can I learn more about this data?
Please contact the Vermont Department of Taxes if you have any questions about the Vermont Property Transfer Tax data that they publish.
Contact information can be found in our Resources section.
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