The home is now "owned" by the "estate" of the deceased person. This estate consists of all assets that the deceased person owned, including the deed to the house you want to buy. The clerk of courts for the county will appoint an Executor to dissolve the 'estate' - the Executor manages it all until the estate is all dissolved, all assets are sold or distributed to beneficiaries. This takes awhile. Look up the address on the Sarasota County Property Appraiser web site to find out if it is still in the Estate of the deceased, or if it has been passed on/sold to someone else. If it is still showing the Estate as owner, find out who that is through the county clerk's office or clerk of court web site, and contact them if you can find a number for them or their attorney's office. Then make your wishes known to them. Maybe they'll work out a deal with you. If it has passed on to someone new, it could be an heir that inherited and doesn't want it, really, so you may be able to locate and approach them as well. The sales history will show at the bottom of the property appraiser website and you can google search their name, or leave a note on the door of the home for them, or check with neighbors kindly, etc to inquire of the new owner. Just be kind and bless everyone along the way. Life is a gift and the journey a pleasure.