How do I found out who owns a home in California?

Asked by Dee, 92780 Wed Oct 20, 2010

Hello, I saw a rental listed on craigslist. They referred me to their website, but it is not professional looking. They want to do everything through email. They let me view the house, but no one was there to meet me, the door was left open. I cannot find any information on the company through the real estate board. There is a possibility the woman I am dealing with is the homeowner, but I want to see who the owner is.

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Excitor, Home Buyer, 92708
Mon Nov 10, 2014
Check http://www.searchq.com for a free property report. For a comprehensive property report, check out http://www.nextace.com for mortgage information, liens and ownership history.
in California, you can also check out the County Assessor web site to see if the property tax is paid and the mailing address of the home owner.
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Shel-lee Dav…, Agent, Rolling Hills Estates, CA
Wed Oct 20, 2010
Dee:

I would advise the utmost caution. We are hearing of people "renting" out vacant homes that they do not own. They take your money and disappear. Meanwhile, when you move in you are trespassing on someone else's property.

I can look up both the ownership of the property and whether or not it is in foreclosure. Contact me through my profile or call me with the property address. Better safe than sorry.

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Academe Real…, , Atascadero, CA
Wed Oct 20, 2010
The best way to find out who owns the home is to check the tax assessors office. There you can find out who owns it. Just google the city you are trying to rent the home in and see if the names mach on the tax assessors website.
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Lulit, , Menifee, CA
Wed Oct 20, 2010
Any realtor with a MLS access can look up that information for you. You need to be cautious though; make sure the house you're renting is not in foreclosure. You can go to the county's recorder's office to check if any foreclosure notices have been recorded on the property. It does sound a little suspicious that they want to do everything via e-mail. Hope this helps!
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Sergio Medina, Agent, Long Beach, CA
Wed Oct 20, 2010
WARNING: BEWARE OF SCAMS!!!! My father always said, if it seems to good to be true; it probably is!!! All of what has already happened to you up to this point sounds creepy! I would block her email and phone number then report it to the better business bureau. Good Luck
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