Here's another tip, if you are at the early stages of looking for a property, then you maybe able to find out a permit status of a home buy looking on the individual Counties website. Its free and may provide some useful information when looking closer at Central Florida Homes for Sale.
Orange County Permit Look Up
Lake County Permit Look Up
Osceola County Permit Look Up
Polk Count Permit Look Up
UPDATED AS OF 10/1/13
Sometimes governmental and quasi-governmental entities place a lien on property that isn’t discovered until closing, which disrupts an otherwise good transaction. A bill by Realtor and Rep. John Wood (R-Winter Haven) requires these liens to now be recorded in the county where the property is located to be valid.
This only applies to liens entered by a governmental or quasi-governmental entity for services, fines or penalties, however. It does not affect liens for taxes, non-ad valorem or special assessments, or utilities.