As I've been driving around neighborhoods I'm seeing boarded up homes and others that look vacant. I'm not sure how to effectively contact the owners, though. I've tried looking up tax records but I'm just not sure what I'm doing.
These are in Utah and Salt Lake Counties. Help?
Here's the Assessor's site for SL County: http://slco.org/assessor/new/query.cfm. The site works way better than it did a few years ago.
Hello Alex. The Utah County Recorder's web site is free and the Salt Lake County Recorder's web site costs $50.00 + per month. What you are looking for first is if the property is owned by a bank or individual. If owned by a bank you will need to pursue with the bank. I have never tried this, but I understand it is a bit difficult. If the property is owned by an individual, you obviously need to find the individual. If the tax notice address is different than property address, then you have a starting point to contact the owner. This is the easiest way to find the owner of a vacant property. This also means the most competition. If the tax notice address and the property address are the same, you need to pursue other mothods to find the owner. There are many threads on BP concerning finding owners of vacant house which you can search for. Finding owners of vacant houses takes work and persistance like any method to find deals but will produce results.
@Gary Parker , I'm not finding anything in the Utah County page specifically addressing the tax notice address. I have a property address and a mailing address in the Property Information page. They are the same. Does that mean that the owner lives there?
Follow these steps for the info you're looking for:
2. Type in the address you're looking for. In this example we'll use 532 N 400 E in Mapleton and press "search"
3. Click on the Tax ID # (also called serial number) on the new page.
4. On the new page, click on the serial number that has a "green" colored year next to it. This is the most recent, active listing on the property. In our example, the year is 2010.
5. On the page that follows, you'll see a number of tabs with one labeled "Owner Names".
Even though the property address and the mailing address are the same, the owner may not live there. Sometimes, by clicking on the owners' names info in the "Owner's Name" tab, it will show you other properties owned by the same person. You can then cross check that name in Google to find contact information of the owner.
If you strike out on Google, you can either do a "Skip Trace" to find the owner, or simply talking to the neighbors of the property can give you the contact info for the owner.
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