how do i find out who owns a property i am interested in?

Asked by mitch.ray67, Birmingham, AL Fri Sep 27, 2013

i have noticed a vacant home in my area and i am interested in who owns it. how do i find out?

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James Riley, Agent, Birmingham, AL
Fri Sep 27, 2013
Most realtors can answer that question with ease. Send me the address and I will look it up for you.
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46odice Brenham Rd. Cleveland 35049 al.
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Viola Broadn…, Agent, Alabaster, AL
Fri Sep 27, 2013
Get in touch with a realtor. They have access to that information.
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Thomas Moser, Agent, East Northport, NY
Fri Sep 27, 2013
Check with your local tax office.
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Charita H Ca…, Agent, Gardendale, AL
Fri Sep 27, 2013
Are you interested in purchasing the house?
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Possibly. I am at the very least interested in finding out more about it.
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Sell Fast Bi…, Both Buyer And Seller, Birmingham, AL
Sat Nov 9, 2013
The tax records should show this information. Here is the link to the Jefferson County Tax Assessor's office:

Click property tax on the left then search by address to find out who is on file as the owner
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David Mason, Agent, Vestavia Hills, AL
Fri Sep 27, 2013
I'm guessing that the reason you would want to contact the owner is because of maintenance issues or a possible offer to purchase? Either way, there are several ways to get this information, but all of them revolve around the county tax and probate records. If you know a Realtor, or don't mind asking one of us here, that's probably the quickest way. Of course, you'll need to share the correct street address, city, state and zip code. Any information we might provide you is only as accurate as the tax records of the county in question at the time we search.

To search for yourself, you can take a trip down to your county Probate office (or Property Tax Assessor/Tax Collector) and look it up there. Many counties now have their probate records available on-line, if you know where to look. A good search engine can usually get you there. If you aren't familiar with their system, it may take a bit of clicking around to get what you want.

A word of caution: County tax records are not updated instantaneously, so they may not be entirely accurate at the time you access the system, especially if a transfer of ownership has recently taken place. (This is usually mentioned in their online disclaimer.) Realtors have access to sales data through the MLS which can often provide an additional layer of certainty in that case.

Happy hunting! As always, if your search involves a potential offer to purchase the property, a Realtor can help you avoid mistakes that can add significant expense and complexity to an otherwise simple transaction. Give us a call!
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You can go down to your county's tax assesor office. Or use a service like RealQuest to find out ownership information. Real estate agents in your market should have easy access to this type of information as well.
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