There is any number of reasons why a home may be empty.....
If the house doesn't have a "for sale" sign in front of it, it's not for sale. It would probably best for you to move on and explore other opportunities that are "for sale."
You can discover the owner's name and address (although it may be listed as the address of the property in question) through research of the county property tax rolls. Many counties post the information online, other counties require a search of the records at the courthouse. But don't contact the owner, not until you determine whether the property is currently listed on the MLS.
You can anonymously discover whether a property is currently listedand when the listing will expire on the MLS through careful research . It is important that you do not contact the owner or a real estate agent until you know for certain whether or not the property is actively listed on the MLS.
Contacting the owner while the property is actively listed on the MLS triggers a potential commission for the listing agent. Contacting the owner after the listing expires does not.
Before contacting the owner, however, pay for an hour of consultation with the best real estate attorney in the area. This will save you considerable money and heartache later in the process. Never sign a real estate contract drafted by a real estate agent; always pay an attorney who represents you to draft the contract.
A house with no sign and vacant doesn't necessarily mean it is for sale. Try knocking on some doors and asking if anyone knows what the situation is. Evidentially you are familiar with the area are there any other homes for sale with signs,try contacting an agent off those signs for assistance.
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First, find out who owns it. Most jurisdictions have their property records online. If not, you can go down to the courthouse. Or give a Realtor a call.
If it's a foreclosure and it's not yet listed, then you'll have to wait. But if it's not a foreclosure--if it's owned by an individual--then you make an offer. Just because there's no sign out front, doesn't mean it's not for sale. And it doesn't mean the owner won't sell for the right price.
Figure out what it's worth. Your Realtor can help you with that. Then make an offer.
Hope that helps.
Or, you could check the tax records and try to locate the owner directly, but that is not usually as easy as it sounds.