county records search - Posted by Doug McMullen

Posted by JoeKaiser on February 20, 2002 at 11:59:46:

You’re at the tax assessor’s office. You should be at the recorder’s office instead. There you will likely be able to search by document type, and you’d be looking for mortgages or deeds of trust.

I’ve never seen anyone successful using this angle to buy private paper, btw, and I’ve seen dozens try it.

Joe

county records search - Posted by Doug McMullen

Posted by Doug McMullen on February 20, 2002 at 11:47:04:

I went to the county recorder’s office today to make my
first attempt at a public records search for private
mortgage holders. However, I think I must be asking for
the wrong type of information, based on the response I
received.

I asked for the mortgagor’s index or list of home owners.
I expected this list would contain the names of the people
making payments on a mortgage and also the name of the
associated mortgage holders.

From that list I intended to scan for names of private
individuals (rather than institutions) and make note of the
record number.

With this record number, I expected to locate the actual
mortage detail, including address of the note holder.

However, I was informed that this particular county does
not have their records indexed that way and that I need
to start with an address or PIN number. From there "they"
can pull the related information.

I must be using incorrect terminology, as this sounds like
an impossible way of getting to a list of potential note
sellers.

What did I do wrong? or are there counties that truly
have a system that makes it this difficult for a note
buyer to compile a list of potential contacts?

Please offer any suggestions…

Doug