Hey there everyone, I've been listening, reading, and watching Bigger Pockets content for quite some time now, but this is my first post on here. I'm still trying to learn how to navigate through the site at this point, so I apologize ahead of time because I'm sure my question has already been asked on here somewhere. I don't own any investment properties at the moment, but I want to finally pull the trigger this year. My local real estate market is pretty dry with less than 20 active listings at any given time according to my realtor, so I have began driving around looking for vacant homes. I made a list of some potential properties, all of which I have found the property owner's name from my county assessor's website. Now, I am at a block. What is the best way to get in touch with these homeowners of these vacant properties? I've tried the most obvious route and went through social media with no luck. Thank you all so much for your time.
I would recommend using a skip tracing website such as batchskiptracing. This will pull multiple data points such as current mailing address, phone number and email. From there its up to you to decide how you would like to reach out to the buyer. Some options include:
* Sending a hand written mailer
* Texting them
* Calling them
* Emailing them
It all depends on your comfort level.
@Anthony Ives good way to start finding some off market deals, and skip tracing is the key to getting their contact to call, text, and/or mail them. You can google skip tracing companies and get their info. You can use services like Property Radar, or your agent can get you information off Realist to get background on the house who owns it and where they live to mail them.
For you, if you are looking in Lake Arrowhead or a mountain town close to you; most of the homes will be secondary homes. They will not be primary homes which will cause you to always be mailing or contacting these people at another home so you'll work on being creative and using your local knowledge to write good mailers, and good text messages.
@Peter Mckernan Thank you so much for the information. And yes, you are right, many of the homes around here are secondary homes which I. An sew as a potential advantage for me.
@Brandon Rush this had a lot of good info and options that you laid out. Thank you very much for the info you provided.
A lot of great info here.
In addition to driving for dollars, you can also get list of properties from listsource, propstream, property radar, successor data or rebogateway. You can also source lists from title companies. They'll often times have the numbers for their property owners.
Driving for Dollars - physically or virtually through Google Maps - will be a great place to start and the others listed above will be great to graduate to.
As for skip tracing, Brandon shared a good resource. You may also check out Sherpa which produces credit bureau level data. Alternatively you can look at TLO, LexisNexis or IDI.
@Travis T. Thank you so much for this info. I’m going to spend some time looking through all of these sources you mentioned and getting familiar with it. This post has much better info in it than I had originally expected! Thank you all..