I would recommend you speak to an attorney. Also, it might pay to talk to a realtor about selling the home as a short sale, but act quickly. There may be income tax implications if the home is not sold by the end of 2013. If you list the home for sale, and cooperate with the bank to get it sold, you may be able to stay in your home until the closing. At least that way you would have a smooth and orderly transition to your new home.... more
Your agent can look the property up on the county tax records to possibly find out who is supposedly on title, if the transfer took place at least a couple of weeks ago. The fact that there is no agent # or contact information - not even "in case of emergency call 916-555-1212" means that the seller is not ready to sell yet. The point of putting an offer in to a seller who is not ready to look at offers yet is....... what?
The positive thing your agent can do is to place an email alert on the MLS so both you and she will be notified as soon as the property is listed in the computer. It is also smart to drive by the house on occasion to see if there is any new signage or workers who might be able to tell you who owns it, and more importantly who is the planned listing agent. Sometimes the listing agent is chosen weeks ahead of the actual coming out party, but they don't tell the world because the seller won't look at offers yet.... more
It will depend on the depth of services you plan to offer and your county. Contact your County Clerk's office and let them know the type of business you plan to start. They should be able to guide you.
Cassandra, Foreclosure Cleanup, LLC, Atlanta, GA... more