Your Home’s History

Like most Seattlites, you’re probably not the original owner of the home you live in, so it is only natural to wonder what your home may have looked like when it was first built.

Today, I am going to walk you though how to pull your homes records from the King County Records website. In a later article, I will detail information available at the Puget Sound Regional Archives in Bellevue.

The King County Assessor regularly takes and files photographs of residences as part of its work. These photographs are part of the public record and most are available online. You may be able to see your homes floor plan and some previous sale history. Permit history is available on the City of Seattle website at:

Locating your homes records online:

1. Go to the King County Assessor’s eRealProperty site at:…/eRealProperty/default.aspx

2. Enter your address or parcel number from your tax bill (addresses change, but parcel numbers do not)

3. Click the “Search” button.

You should now be looking at the Assessor’s report for your home.
On the top of the page click the button labeled “Property Detail”
Scroll down until you see the picture of your home, then click on the camera icon. Floor plans may also be available, click the camera icon above the floor plan.

You should now be seeing the photographs. Enjoy!

If you have an interesting “Then & Now” photo set of your home, please share with us by emailing I would love to find out what you have learned about your home.

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