Finding owner of a vacant lot!

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Hi BP!
My husband and I are in the process of acquiring our first home to flip - (exciting)!

It comes on a nice size lot, however we were informed that the vacant lot next to it is actually two lots. 
The first lot (#12) is for sale by owner and based on the size of the advertised lot, there still leaves a nice size lot available. It is not part of the property we are purchasing (#16)

After long and exhausting searches on line, it seems that the lot in between (#14) is owner-less! We have contacted the city but are waiting on a response. 

How would we go about acquiring this lot, it would be a great addition to our properties value when it comes to reselling our flip!

Any/All suggestions welcomed! 

Thank you! LP

Laura-

Pull the plat from the recorder's office and see if you can glean more information.  I have found that many times an over-sized ownerless lot is actually a paper street where a road was slated to be built or is a dedicated drainage easement that cannot be built upon.

If the parcel is not recorded or  platted, start to do a chain of ownership to where, and if, it might be encumbered somehow.

Originally posted by @Russ Goodman :

Laura-

Pull the plat from the recorder's office and see if you can glean more information.  I have found that many times an over-sized ownerless lot is actually a paper street where a road was slated to be built or is a dedicated drainage easement that cannot be built upon.

If the parcel is not recorded or  platted, start to do a chain of ownership to where, and if, it might be encumbered somehow.

Thanks Russ! 

I plan on heading to the recorders office in the morning to see if we can figure it out - if we can secure the lot to pair with the property it will be a great boost for sale price afte. All work is said and done. 

Thank you so much for your input! 

An additional thought.  check online see if the plats are listed when you do a search.  It'll save you time and maybe some $$.  Good Luck

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