D.C. Code Ann. § 42-1206 provides that "[a]ll public records which have reference to or in any way relate to real or personal property in the District of Columbia, whether the same be in the office of the Recorder of Deeds or in some other public office in the District of Columbia, shall be open to the public for inspection free of charge."
Open, unless the records pertain to a not yet consummated or not yet completed real estate purchase negotiation. With regard to a parcel involved in a pending or actually and reasonably contemplated eminent domain proceeding, records, documents and information relating to that parcel shall be exempt except as may be allowed under discovery rules. Records relating to a real estate sale shall be open after a sale is consummated. 5 ILCS 140/7(1)(r).
County appraiser's office must provide access to the database maintained in the office, provided that the records requested are open public records. A requester of such database may manipulate and repackage this information into a different format for sale as long as K.S.A. 21-3914 and K.S.A. 45-220(c) are followed. Kan. Att’y Gen. Op. 1994-104; (Public land records are open for inspection. 1994-132).
Appraisals or appraisal information and negotiation records concerning the purchase or sale, by a public body, of an interest in real or personal property, prior to completion of the purchase or sale. Neb. Rev. Stat. §84-712.05(6) (Reissue 2014).
Section 552.105 of the Act exempts from disclosure information concerning the location of real or personal property for public purposes before public announcement of the project, as well as information concerning appraisals or purchase prices of real or personal property before formal award of a contract for the property. Section 552.105 “was designed to protect a governmental body’s planning and negotiating position with respect to particular transactions” and even can exempt “appraisal information about a parcel of property acquired in advance of other parcels, if release of this information would harm the department’s negotiating position with respect to the other parcels of land.” Tex. Att’y Gen. ORD-564 (1990).
The only specific state FOIA exemption for real estate appraisals or negotiation material is the provision of FOIA Exemption 6 that protects the "location of undeveloped historic, prehistoric, archaeological, paleontological and battlefield sites." W. Va. Code § 29b-1-4(6).
In Veltri v. Charleston Urban Renewal Authority, 178 W. Va. 669, 363 S.E.2d 746 (1987), the Kanawha County Circuit Court ordered the Authority to release all appraisals it had obtained on a parcel of real estate it had purchased.