DIY: Check Land Title To View Sale Price (Free Method)

Did you know that you can check the sale price of a home by just previewing the land title in Alberta – for free?

The only caveat is that the property must have already transferred ownership, so it won’t show the selling price for any recent sales. In those instances, feel free to post a comment here and I’ll get back to you.

STEP ONE

To preview the title, you need to know one of four descriptors of the home:

  • Legal description (Plan, Block, and Lot Number)
  • Land Identification Number Code (LINC number)
  • Title number
  • Street Address

For the purpose of this tutorial, I’m going to assume all you have is the street address to go by.

STEP TWO

Go to the Alberta Land Titles Spatial Information System (SPIN2 for short) and click on “Guest Login” and agree to the terms.

Click on "Guest Login"

Click on “Guest Login”

STEP THREE

Click on the “Search”

Click on Search

Click on “Search”

STEP FOUR

Select “Search By Street Address”

Select: "Search By Address"

Select: “Search By Street Address”

STEP FIVE

After entering the address and clicking “FIND”, the map will zoom to the general vicinity.  From here, hover your cursor over the correct parcel of land and a small white box with numbers will pop up.

Enter the address, click find, and then find the correct parcel

Enter the address, click find, and then find the correct parcel

The white box that appears displays the LINC Number and the Legal Description (Plan/Block or Unit/Lot)

Write down the LINC number

LINC Number and Legal Description for future reference

STEP SIX

While still in map view, there’s a navigation bar at the bottom of the page.  Click the first icon located under “tools”( the information circle and arrow).  Then select the parcel for the home you’re interested in.

Click on the tool icon

Click on the tool icon

STEP SEVEN

When this screen pops up, click on the preview icon (the paper and binoculars).

Click on the icon with the binoculars

Click on the icon with the binoculars

This will bring up a preview of the Title with the value of the property.

value

 

I hope you found this tutorial easy to follow and helpful!

 

6 responses to “DIY: Check Land Title To View Sale Price (Free Method)

  1. Can you do the same type of search for condo units? When I used the LINC number…it just pulled up docs related to the condo corporation.


    The LINC number will pull up the condo plan sheet and the title. Just click the preview icon next to the title. (P.S. The LINC number is not the same as Legal Plan number)
    Update: You can’t use the map search function for condos because it will not give you the LINC for the individual unit. Use the Plan/Unit search instead to pull up the title.
    -Mike Fotiou

  2. Is there a way to search for a specific condo unit which matches the unit’s actual address? For example, a 4 floor, 16 unit condo seems to show as units #1 – 16, whereas in fact the building may be numbered 101, 102, 103, 104 (first floor), 201, 202, 203, 204 (second floor), etc.


    There are quick ways to look up the legal description for condos by just entering the municipal address:
    -Edmonton: click to view.
    -Okotoks: click to view
    -Airdrie: click to view
    -Chestermere: click to view
    -Cochrane: click to view
    I don’t know of a similar free public application for Calgary as of yet, but you can purchase property information here. (Legal description used to show up when you searched assessments, but not anymore)
    -Mike Fotiou

  3. in mapview, use the select item tool (the first one under tools). you dont have to write anything down, or leave the map.


    Great tip, thanks for sharing
    -Mike Fotiou

  4. Hey this is great, but BTW, you can skip steps 5,6,7. When you’re in the map window, at the bottom left is a button under “tools” that lets you select the parcel, skipping the need to write it down and re search.


    Thanks, I’ve updated the post to reflect this
    -Mike Fotiou

  5. I’m looking at condo prices and a lot of them say “See instrument”. What does this mean and is there a way to see the price for free?

  6. is process any different for commercial property in Calgary starting with municipal address only?

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