On my drive to work I see this multifamily property that is super run down but in a great location. Unfortunately it’s just not for sale.
How do I find out who the owner is and how what would I say to him/her?
Every county has public tax records. Google "county name" county real estate tax or ownership and it should be one of the first links. It may take some clicking around but then you will input the address and the owners name or entity should pop up as well as an address. Mail them some letters or do some detective work and find a phone number. If you aren't aware of this tool I would imagine you do not have extensive real estate knowledge or experience (which is completely oaky!) so I would stay away from a run down multi-family at the moment. If you really want to pursue, once you get a hold of the owner. Let him know you are an investor and would like to buy his property! Best of luck!
I second everything Danté said above!
Also, when you do come across property owners, whether in person, through a mailer, or on the phone, the simpler the conversation the better. "Hi Mr or Mrs. X, I'm interested in purchasing a property like 123 Main street. Would you be offended if I made you an offer?"
Will has the correct wording on that. Saying "I want to buy your property" may come off as too aggressive. The "You have a great property, would you be open to seeing an offer from us" come soff much better.
Googling "County, State Tax Map" usually works.
What county and state are you looking in?
I agree with @Danté Belmonte . Finding the owner's number and cold calling them would be a great way to reach them. I know some investors send direct mail, but I'm not sure how effective they are. Cold calling might be a good option.