He’s either a wholesaler who just has it under contract, scamming you and doesn’t own it or the owner is listed as an entity and he owns the entity.
Hard to say. If he asks for money up front it’s a scam
When he asks you to wire it ... Ask him to meet you at the property. Should be easy enough since he's the home owner...
When you say he isn’t listed as the owner, where are you looking? Property tax websites are unreliable, as they are typically only updated around the time tax bills are sent out, which is only once a year in my county. Theoretically, property could change hands multiple times without property tax website ever being updated.
If you’re looking through chain of title on the register of deeds, that’s a different story.
Double check your MLS with the County Records. You can also do a Tax Search on the property in question should be able to find a receipt of sale.
Last option? Knock on the door of the property and ask.
At closing he will need to provide identification that he's the owner otherwise it will not close. Don't give him any money though.
Careful questioning can flush out a scam. if you decide to purchase, put any up front money liek an Earnest Money Depost with the title company. The title company will make sure the deal is legit.
He’s a wholesaler but he’s not wholesaling this property. I specifically asked him if he was and he told me no. He said that he owned the property and that he was selling it.
If it's a deal that makes sense, just be sure to close through your title/ escrow or attorney as is local method. The title search will have the updated information and MLS and online sources can typically be behind and not up to date.
If he is legit, he’ll know to do so and have no hesitation or need to do anything different.
As others have mentioned, the tax websites are often slow to update. The title company is what will verify who actually owns it.