Locating Owners with Bad Address in County Records

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I mail postcards to owners of bare land (there is a ton in eastern WA) who are behind on taxes and I am surprised at the number I get returned. Obviously unlike a residence the mailing address and the property address cannot the same. I double check to verify and these are the county's current mail-to addresses for the taxes so the tax bills are also getting returned-a good explanation of why they're unpaid. I've wondered if a person could get a good return on their effort tracking these folks down. I know the county puts little if any effort into it.

My real question is about developing the skill of tracking down these absent folks. This is a skill that could be a lot more leveraged with SFH, tax sale overages, personal property, non performing notes, etc than with bare land.

Does anyone have experience locating current addresses for people in these types of situations? I have a few assumptions. 1-This can, in large part, be efficiently outsourced to services that assist with finding people's current info. 2-Some people are found with little effort while others are never located so you have to evaluate your return on finances and time invested. 3-It can be very profitable to locate these folks. I would love to hear your insights and experiences. 

I actually find locate absent minerals owners for my day job and I really enjoy solving the puzzle. I use online resources almost exclusively combined with mail requests to various counties for probate searches. My experience is that the tax offices' records are most accurate in cities and much less accurate and up to date in the rural area. It depends in the county you are working with. I have seen counties where the tax map has mis-identified all of the tracts and lists incorrect owners. The only way to know is to check the most recent deed to the property. Good websites to use in finding people or their heirs: Intelius, findagrave, ancestry.com. You can message me if you want more detailed info on locating people.

Thank you Caroline! I had almost forgotten about this post. I may have to take you up on your offer. This is a very interesting subject/opportunity to me! 

@Caroline Ortego You may inadvertently become a super-star if you are really an effective skip tracer.

Of course, finding the target us only part of the battle.

When I actively worked deceased owner pre-trustee sales, I hired PI's to find my targets and then I'd contact by mailing FedEx proposal and follow up on the phone. People said I gave good phone.

Research may find the deals but Conversion and closing skills make the money. 

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