How can I find owners of vacant, distressed looking properties.

In Buying Property - Asked by marchello f. - Oct 28, 2010
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Pete M.
Aurora, IL

Tax Records for the PIN would be the most likely "first" place. You may be able to locate that through the county tax assessor/collectors office.

Oct 28, 2010
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Rob M.
Seymour, IN

Hello Marchello,
A great place to start is actually to work with a broker in your area who specializes in REO properties. Not all brokers do this, it takes a lot of work on their behalf to stabilize the properties, prepare market reports, obtain estimates to prep the properties for the market and provide continuous data to the lenders or REO asset managers. Buying an REO is definitely not the same as purchasing a non-REO property, the process is usually quite cumbersome, requires additional paperwork compared to typical transactions and also take much more time. If you choose to travel to the courthouse and obtain info from the recorder, you sometimes may be able to contact the loss mitigation department for a lender and get somewhere, most likely, the best avenue is truly to find those brokers handling REO's to advance your efforts in a more timely fashion.

Oct 28, 2010
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Bob W.
Russellville, AR

I'd recommend finding a local professional Realtor, that will be your Realtor for any property you ever buy or sell. If you have the right agent, they will get this type of information for you.

Nov 1, 2010
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Dorene S.
Torrance, CA

Dear Marchello,
Your best bet is to begin working with an agent who can access those records from Title.

Nov 4, 2010
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Nicholas C.
Tampa, FL

Marchello, go to the County Property Appraiser's web site. Do a property record search, that will tell you the current owner.

Dec 11, 2010
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