Ever pass by a home and have your jaw drop? Maybe it has perfect landscaping or an ornate front porch. Whatever it is, you want it. It may not be up for sale, but maybe if you find the owner, they could be open to the right offer.
This article will lay out how to find out who owns a property. If you’ve found your dream house and it’s not on the market, use these methods to track down the owner. After you find them, it’s up to you to entice them to sell.
8 Ways To Find The Owner Of A Property
It can be a slog to find the right house. And when you do, it may not be up for sale. Take these ways to find out who owns a house so you can lure them to sell.
There are several ways to find the owner of the property you’re interested in. Some ways are more direct than others, but any way will rely on your charisma to convince the owner to sell.
1. Check Your Local Assessor’s Office
On your local assessor’s office’s official website, you may be able to look up property tax records. All you need is the home’s address. You can learn who owns the home as well as how much property tax they pay.
This is a great way to find out who owns a property for free. Keep in mind you may have to pay for physical documents.
2. Check The County Clerk
The county clerk’s office has public records of property, deeds and other useful information when searching for the property owner. Not only will this tell you the owner of a home, but it may give you insight into the history of the property.
3. Go To Your Local Library
Your local library may have a database to conduct a property search. This could be available online, or you may be able to find public records in person.
4. Ask A Real Estate Agent
If you’re already house hunting, talk to your real estate agent. Chances are they’ll access the same public records from the first three steps. If those haven’t turned up results, your agent may be able to dig deeper.
5. Talk To A Title Company
A title company can research property deeds and perform titles searches. Not only will you be able to find the owner of the property, but a title search will check for any issues of the property. This step is part of the homebuying process, but you can take it early to find out more info on the property.
Note, a title search isn’t free. You’ll have to pay a fee, usually in the range of $200 – $400.
6. Use The Internet
Given the ability many have to access the internet with a smartphone, this may be your first reaction. Sites like 411.com and the white pages offer reverse searches. You input the address of the home and it will give you a list of who resides there.
Know the accuracy of these sites varies. You may get a list of family members or previous owners. They may require you to make an account and may charge you for the information. Given the unreliable nature of the information, you may be better off accessing records from the assessor’s office or the county clerk.
7. Talk To A Lawyer
If the other options on this list haven’t given you satisfactory results, you could talk to a real estate attorney. They may have a few ideas on how to find who the property owner is if it’s hard to come by.
8. Knock On Their Door Or Leave A Note
If you’re the brazen and bold type, knocking on the door might get you face-to-face with owner. If anyone answers who isn’t the owner, they may know how to contact the owner. Remain courteous and respectful with whomever answers the door. If no one answers, you could leave a note for the owner to contact you if they’d consider selling.
This is the riskiest method on this list and may not work for you. The owner may not want to talk to you. If you choose this route, you may get your answer faster on whether the owner will sell. It could save you time and effort. Just know the answer may be “no.”
There are several ways to find out who a owns the property you’re interested in. If your interest is strong and you know you could make an irresistible offer, make the effort to contact the owner.
Most property owner information is public record. It should not take you long to find most people. Finding who owns the property is the easy part. Getting in contact with them and convincing them to sell is a whole other ball game.
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