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Mickey, Home Buyer in Philadelphia, PA

I'm buying a home in 19104, and there is an empty lot next door. How do I find the owner so i can buy the lot?

Asked by Mickey, Philadelphia, PA Fri Oct 17, 2008

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Hey Mickey,

If you're lucky, perhaps they are way behind on taxes and you can just buy the tax deed lien and it'll become yours for much less money than buying it.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 30, 2009

that will give you some good info on any property in the city

-Sean Dawes
Long and Foster Real Estate Inc.
Web Reference: http://www.SeanDawes.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 30, 2009
I can find the owner for you and provide a phone number and "live body" to talk to about the lot or property you're looking to acquire. I have access to databases that are only available to licensed and bonded investigative firms (which I am), and subsequently provide significantly more info regarding an address's ownership history, relatives, neighbors, previous addresses, etc., which will lead to contact with a person who can ultimately make a decision to sell. These databases are much more sophisticated than a "findpeople.com or publicsearch.com" that you see advertised on TV or internet. Often the heirs of a shell or lot are grateful to hear from someone willing to buy the parcel because they have been sitting on it and have no idea of how to convey it and get this off their backs, and glad to sell for tax lien amounts plus 1-2K, and are happy as ever. I've located numerous neighbor heirs, relatives, etc. in outlying states for properties next to mine in Phila on many occasions. Success rate is 98%. Been doing this 17 years. If interested e-mail me at jsmholdings@comcast.net Thanks. Scot.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Mar 28, 2009
you can use the BRT or go to city hall and they can pull the file on the proeprty and you can find the history and the zoning of this property
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Mar 14, 2009
It seems a bit strange that your own Realtor could not get this information for you. Or have you decided to do it on your own and take the risk.

You got some good answers on finding the owner. But if you want to get the best deal on actually BUYING it,
hit me up : MoveSmarter@CBPref.com


0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Oct 25, 2008
Go to the BRT online or as the previous poster mentioned, city hall. Contact your realtor and he/she can look it up for you as well. Also, ask around the neighbors on the block - that way if the address of record is the lot you can get more meaningful info.

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Chris Somers
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Oct 18, 2008
City Hall Tax Records. If you'd prefer a Realtor to perform the work, please contact me privately throught the forum with property address.
Web Reference: http://PhillyandBeyond.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Oct 17, 2008
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