I answer your other questions. Please be careful since the name alone will not help at all. Yes, you find out they own it. But you do not know if they are in foreclosure or short sale. They may have 2 months left before the bank takes it away.
The only way to verify all this info is by working with a realtor.
Let me know if you need any assistance
Yamile Hirsh (Shamile)Psy. D, SFR, e-PRO,CLHMS
Real Estate Investor Specialist.
Home Smart Real Estate
2680 S. Val Vista Dr. Suite 101
Gilbert , AZ 85297
"Your partner in Real Estate"
One of the Top 10 Featured Agents by Realtor.com in the East Valley
There have been many scams out there and the name of the owner is public record and this is one of the ways the use to rent the home. Never rent over the phone, thru the mail etc..
Arizona Elite Properties
225 E Germann Rd suite 110/120