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I found a house that has a lock box on the front and looks abandoned, how do I find out more informa

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By lock box do you mean an MLS type keybox or a standard contractors box.  In any case a local realtor can help you find the status of the home. Or the public property records my reveal the current owner and/or status.

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October 15 2012
I would first contact a local realtor.  Even though there is a lockbox on the home, doesnt mean it is actively listed yet... or still available. 

Good luck with any purchase you're considering.  Shayla Twit, Sarasota FL Realtor
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October 14 2012
In addition to what has already been said, many banks have their own websites that they advertise their properties on often before they put them on the MLS. If you find out which bank owns it via tax records, register for updates on their website. Wells Fargo, BOA, Homepath, HUDHomestore, and others have websites where they pre-market their properties. 

Some banks are doing extensive remodel/renovations to their properties, and will pre-market them way ahead of time. This allows interested buyers time to get pre-approval and decide what the property is worth to them.
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October 13 2012
You can contact a real estate agency and inquire, or else contact the assessor's office and ask for a contact name of the owner on record.  Most assessor's departments are now on line.
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October 13 2012

The lockbox has a code number on it. Call the local MLS.

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October 13 2012
Call a real estate agent, most likely the house is already owned bythe bank, however it is not listed for sale yet. A knowledgeable agent will be able to quickly dig out all the information for you and within one day you should know what the deal is. 
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October 13 2012
contact a local agent who can check on it. It may be bank owned but not on the market yet.
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