Left side of page; Search Official records and scroll down to enter the address.
This will tell you who owned it and when. Why they walked away is another issue.
Always have a good inspector look at the property. AskBob.us
You don't need anyone to do this for you as it is public record. Simply go online and look up Travis County Tax Office or follow this link: http://www.traviscountytax.org/showSitusSearch.do
You can look it up by the specific propertys street address. I wish you the best of luck. Please call me if I can help you with your real estate needs.
Betina Foreman, Realtor
Why do you think they abandoned the property? Could it be a flip? They bought it rehabbed it and now want to sell it to you. I've also seen people buy houses and get transferred a week later. Are you using a realtor? Ask them to help you find out. Ask the neighbors....they usually have way more information than any realtor will have.
Why would it be a problem for you? Are you considering purchasing this home or were you the seller?