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How can I find out who owns a home that has been unoccupied for over 2 years? I'd like to buy it.

I drive by it 5 days a week and it has been unoccupied all that time. I've gotten out and looked around the property and in the windows and it is empty. It was listed with a Realtor at one time but when I contacted them they said it had gone into foreclosure, that was over a year ago. I have been unable to find it listed for sale anywhere and the phone number of the person who comes up when I reverse directory it is disconnected. The Realtor can't/wouldn't give me any info on the owner. Please help.
  • October 01 2009 - Oklahoma City
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Profile picture for JoshBarnettREIB
Review the County Tax Records, this is where you start, from there you will be able to track down the owner. 

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  • November 27 2010
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These previous posts are correct. You need to first go to the county tax assessors office and look at not only what bank owns the property now, but also when the trustee or substitute trustee's deed was filed. This will let you know exactly what month and day the foreclosure took place. There should also be a mailing address for the bank that owns the proeprty now. If it is a nationwide bank, they will have the home listed at some time with another agent. If it is a local bank , you can call them up and ask what the status is on the property and when they plan on listing the home for sale. They may just let you submit an offer on the home before it is even listed. Now I am not suggesting you use a Realtor to represent you, but if you or your aent can get ahold of the bank before they list the home, you may be able to negotiate the offer without any competition from other buyers. As you would if the property was listed for sale on the open market and any agent could submit an offer. 
I hope you find this useful.  
  • November 17 2010
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More than likely the bank will list it with a Realtor and won't sell it before then, check the sheriff's auction info and the county records and then ask a Realtor to set up an automated search for you that will email you THE DAY the house hits the market so you'll be the first to know.    You don't have to contact the reatlor that had the listing previously, anyone that is a member of OKC MLS (OKCMAR) can help you with it.  Pick someone and let them do the work for you!

  • November 16 2010
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Pull up the tax records online if the Co. has them online. You can just google "your county" and Tax Assessor and that should get you the site. If they do and if they are "good" online records all the info you will need will be there. IF not go to the Tax Assessor office and inquire there. That should put you on the right track.  
  • October 08 2009
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go here if it is located in oklahoma county http://www.oklahomacounty.org/assessor/Searches/DefaultSearch.asp 
  • October 07 2009
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does your locality have a tax assessor office?  If so that is a public record.  Some of the offices I have worked with will give you the information over the phone. You can also go to their office and look up the records yourself.
  • October 04 2009
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You can check tax records, court records or with a different local Realtor (most are happy to help)
  • October 01 2009
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If it has gone into foreclosure, it is owned by the bank.  
  • October 01 2009
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