Maxine, Home Buyer in Portsmouth, VA

How can you find the owner of property when you live in a different state?

Asked by Maxine, Portsmouth, VA Wed Jul 30, 2008

I am interested in a property but it is located in a different state and I am not sure about how to find the legal owners of the property. Is there a website to go to find the legal owner of the property? Second if the owner just abandoned the property how can you obtain ownership if I want to purchase the property?

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The simplest way is to go on and type in the address.

Amy Liu
East Coast Realtors, Inc
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jul 22, 2012
To obtain this information, you have several options:

1. you can go to the local tax assessors office and ask someone that works there, they should help,but since you are out of state that might not be an option.

2. Call a real estate agent or title company in the area to do the research for you.

3. Search the internet, sometimes tax assessor have a website and publish their data online. If you cant find anything there, then site like propertyshark and homeinfomax may be a solution but i warn you that these are large databases that can sometimes become outdated. Another viable option is which is a title research website that will conduct this research for you on the spot.

Hope this helps!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jun 7, 2011
Just type in the address.
Or Public Records in that specific area
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Aug 8, 2010
The easiest way to do it is to go to PropertyShark.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jul 16, 2010
If you are speaking of a property in NY, information can be attained through tax assessors find out where the bills are mailed. You can do it or ask any Realtor to access it for you. If the property is here in Long Island/Queens NY, contact me off line at with the address and I will get the info for you.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 30, 2008
Terrance is correct with all of his statements made. If the owner has abandoned the property you wont be able to approach the bank till all the legal documents have been completed/processed the bank is owner of the property. In most instances banks have a 3rd party assigned to work with all offers submitted for the foreclosure. The process can take 2 - 4 months OR longer before any offer can be reviewed.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 30, 2008
Hi Maxine
The best place to look is in the Property Appraiser's website of the state the property is located, Just look under Real Estate and type in the address. If the home is abandoned it may be going into foreclosure, Go to the local court records website and you will be able to see if the home has any liens on it and if the bank is foreclosing, Hope this was helpful to you.

Terrance Quinn
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 30, 2008
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