I've located a few vacant properties and I would like to talk to the owners of these places to see if they are interested in selling. I have located all of the owners names but their addresses all lead back to the vacant property. Can anyone recommend a good way to find the address and phone number for the property owners. Are there some free or paid websites that may be better than others?
The county will have this information. Someone has to be paying the property taxes. The property information supplied by the county equalization department will show the property address but it will also have the address to who pays the taxes. That should point you in the right direction.
Vacant homes can get really exciting. You may be the only one in town who will be looking for the owner.
Once I have found such a prospect I work backwards to see what I'm actually dealing with (is there any money, if so is there a way or two in). To do this I visit the recorders office and start to chain title looking for documents that pertain to the subject. Once I determine that there is sufficient equity I will then begin to track down owners or heirs or neighbors who can help point me in the right direction. I do this by skip tracing and mailing to people who may know the owner. The harder it is to find someone, or solve a title problem, the better.
@Everett Brace just Google "people search" and plenty of sites (mostly pay sites) will come up.
What you are trying to do is known as a "Skip Trace" A couple of sites to try are Private Eye.com and Find the seller .com (no spaces). Also ask the neighbors or even get a private investigator.
If you want to do a little research ahead of time check the MD judiciary case search. You can see if the property was foreclosed on. Also if there are cases filed against them, the cases may have their new location. Also check death records. Good luck - Ned
Originally posted by Michael Rious:
it's really easy . . . Just google 'maryland assessors'.
Hey Ned Carey which website is the MD Judiciary Case Search on?
@Jamaal Hunt beat me to it, but um, you could follow your own advice, it comes up #1 on Google.
PS expert tip: if you type the address number and the first few letters of the street name into the last name search field it will generally find if the property is in foreclosure. This is becuase usually the property is listed as a defendant.
@Michael Riuos Unless a house is free and clear without any incumbrences there is usually some lien. Most are voluntary and some are involuntary. Once a lien is filed ( trust deed, notice of .....) there is a corresponding document that, if satisfied by the party who filed the first document, will be filed to let everyone know that the lieni has been satisfied. So if it is a Trust Deed (California verbiage for loan) there should be a Reconvayance that shows the lien has been payed off.
Within this you can create equity by contacting said lien holders and negotiate playoffs at a discount if the lien holders is agreeable.
Thanks for all the good information. I'm going to check out some of the free information before spending any money on the paid ones.
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