How can I find out if a single family home in NJ is bank owned?

Asked by Debra Jones-freeman, Whiting, NJ Mon Sep 27, 2010

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Ian A. Wolf, Agent, Morristown, NJ
Mon Sep 27, 2010
Can be tricky depending on where it is in the process. If it has been bank owned for a few months, it may show up on the tax records. The way you would know, is that a financial institution would be listed as the owner. This site allows you to search NJ Tax records for free:

Also, you can search the country sheriff website. You'll want to look under "civil process" or "foreclosure" you should be able to search on the site specific address, and you'll be able to see when they got foreclosed or where they are in the foreclosure status.

If they are listed they can be found on either a bank's or third party servicer's website who is handling the asset or a good Realtor can help you find out.

Hope that helps.
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Robert Suarez, Agent, Toms River, NJ
Mon Sep 27, 2010
Hi Debra, here is the website to the Ocean County tax clerk. You will be able to find the information you seek here.
I hope this helps you.
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Scott Godzyk, Agent, Manchester, NH
Mon Sep 27, 2010
You can check with the town or city hall, either check online and look up the assessments or at the city hall itself in person, ask to see the tax card, it will show the owners name. If teh hous eis vacant you can check teh doors to see if an emergency contact is listed. once a bank owne dlisting is assigned to a broker, they usually post their info on the door as requested by the bank.

if you are interested in bank owned homes, please see my blog for tips and advice in looking for them and making an offer to get you the best price and terms.
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