Posted in Blog  
  on Sep 10, 2014

How To Find Out Who Owns A Property

Are you a property manager who is looking to expand your client portfolio? Do you need to contact a specific property owner for some reason, but don't know who the contact person actually is? If you need to find out who owns a property, then there are a few methods you can use to obtain that information. That's because in most jurisdictions, the ownership of a house is considered a public record. All you need to do is access that record and you'll have the information that you need.

Option #1: Check With Your Local Assessor

One of the easiest ways to find a property owner is to check with your local assessor's office. Many offices have their entire set of property records available online today as a means of encouraging paying property taxes more quickly. All you're going to need to make this happen is the address of the property in question. If you're not sure of the address, but you know where the property is on a map, then you can locate that online to find the local parcel number through the assessor's office to get the information.

Option #2: Interview the Neighborhood

If you don't see an address posted and the street name is nowhere to be found, then your best option might be to speak with the neighbors of the property. They might be able to give you some contact information or pass along a message for you. Meeting the neighbors also lets you know what the personality of a neighborhood happens to be if you're thinking about making a property investment.

Option #3: See If Someone Is Home

It seems like common sense, but this option is the one that is most overlooked. If you want to know who a property owner is, then sometimes all you've got to do is knock on the front door. Some properties are rentals, however, so those who are living in the home might not necessarily know who the owner is.

Option #4: Send a Letter

If you're struggling to contact anyone and you can't access public records with address information, then sending a letter or a postcard to the property owner with your contact information in it might spur a conversation. You'll want to put a good sales pitch into the letter if you're trying to manage the property or find another way to make it worthwhile for the property owner to contact you. If it doesn't work at first, be persistent. Follow up your first letter or postcard with another one in a couple weeks and a third one a couple weeks after that.

Option #5: Hire Someone

If all else fails, you can always hire a private investigator who can locate a property owner for you. This isn't the most cost-effective option, but it generally will provide you with results in just a couple days if you've got a good PI in your community.


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