Hi, I found a vacant lot in a pretty good area but I'm not sure how to find the owner of the lot.... any advice?
someone pays or is supposed to pay taxes on it....
So your saying I should look at their tax records?
@Carl Whitfield use the HCAD website for the tax records in case the lot is in Harris County.
I recently used a skip tracing website to get the phone number and contact info of an owner and It worked good. PM me if interested in the service I used.
Every property is registered. Find your local land registry office, your city /town officials should know where it is located.
@Carl Whitfield Look to see if your local county assessor's office has an online portal. You can usually find the property in there and the taxes will be sent to someone. It might be the owner, a lawyer, etc. but there will be a name and address. The tricky part is the many of them are a pain to search. You never know if it's under East Main Street, E Main St, Main St East, etc. It might take a few iterative searches but you'll find it.
Ok thanks for the advice! How do I PM someone on this site I'm new to BP?
@Carl Whitfield after you look up the owner information on HCAD you should go to harris county tax assessor site to see if there are any delinquent taxes owed on the property. Depending on what part of town the lot is located, delinquent taxes may be high enough to kill the deal. If there's still plenty of equity, you may be able to use the tax delinquency as a pain point when talking to the owner. Especially if there's an active tax suit or if they county has a tax judgment.
If there was a house on the lot at one time and it's been torn down, I would search the county clerk website for liens against the property. A demo lien will probably be at least $8k which could also kill the deal. Spending a few minutes on the front end may save you a lot of headache and frustration or help you negotiate a better deal.
@Larry Higgins Thank you! I'm glad you mention tax liens because I found a old property in a good area but owes over 100k in taxes.
Here's the Harris County parcel viewer. Just find your property, click on it and it'll show a link to the HCAD account. That will have the address that's on file.
@ Jieh Larson Thanks for the website info