assessor parcel number


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assessor parcel number (APN)

A number assigned by the local assessor in order to identify a particular property. Often used in real estate contracts until a more detailed legal description can be obtained, because each parcel has its own unique APN; deemed to be more reliable than a street address.

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Through RealQuest.com, properties can be located by owner name, street address or assessor parcel number. The system combines flexible search applications and address standardization logic to quickly and accurately find properties.
The mortgage industry uses a combination of postal addresses, legal descriptions, assessor parcel numbers and geospatial coordinates for property identification.