Finding “lost” owners! - Posted by Carey_PA
Posted by Carey_PA on February 12, 2001 at 18:24:52:
Many of you may already know this method of finding folks, but for those of you that don’t, give it a try.
My current deal I’m working on, I have agreed to buy 1.04 acres w/ a 3bd, 2ba rancher on it. Seller accepted my offer, settlement is March 23rd. (i wanted to do my first sfh before the convention).
Anyone, I was going to rent the home out Section 8 until I could find the owner of .0770 acres of land that contains the well to my home. This land did NOT come with the home because nobody could find the owner of the well/land. The original owner of this .0770 acres thought she sold this parcel along with the 1.04acres w/ the home, BUT she didn’t. Anyway, the realtor told me he couldn’t find her, the tax assessor, tax claim/tax lien office said they couldn’t find the lady either. They all thought she might have been deceased.
So, as I’m getting closer to closing, I’m thinking how much easier it will be to sell this 3bd, 2ba rancher with the well INCLUDED, commone sense huh? So, I go to the phone book and of course the owners name is NOT in there…BUT there are several other people with her last name in there.
I jotted all the peoples names and numbers down and called them.
When I got to the 2nd person she asked who I was and what I wanted. I explained the situation to her and she took my name and number and said that she would have the owner call me. 5 minutes later I’m talking to the “missing” owner. She thought she sold the land w/ the well on it 8 yrs. ago…anyway she said she’d be happy to give me the land when I figure out the tax situation. (there’s a big mess with how it was assessed and the past due taxes are more than they should be, so I’m waiting on a response from a letter I wrote to the tax assessors office)
Well, now I know how to find lost owners in the future…call everybody with that last name and HOPEFULLY someone is related or at least knows the person.
Hope this helps someone out.
p.s. see ya’s in Georgia!