My little story… - Posted by JoeSoCal
Posted by JoeSoCal on July 25, 2003 at 09:33:11:
There is some land I want to buy with the hope of someday developing. I think I can get it kind of cheap, not in the sense of paying less than fair value, but in terms of owning it before major appreciation of the land.
Anyway, the piece of land is owned by someone and the property has a different mailing address in Los Angeles county. I do some quick checks on the internet and cant locate the owners phone number or any verification that such a person lives at the mailing address.
I then went to the LA County website and punched in the parcel number, etc. Not much help, as a lot of the assessors are now taking down personal info from their sites.
Then I call the office and talk to a pretty helpful gentleman. I pepper him with questions. Ultimately, I find out that the person I am looking for NEVER owned the property at the mailing address. I checked this going back to the year that the guy bought the vacant land.
I find this kind of odd that someone would pay quite a nice sum for some vacant land and yet not own the home he is having the tax bill sent.
Next, I hire a skip tracer and they tried their best, but couldnt locate a record of this person. He is asian and I would assume he is kind of older. So, i guess its possible he doesnt have an SS#…at least the people i used couldnt find one.
So, now it seems I am in a dead end and since I only have a limited amount of time…many of the usual options are not practical, such as mailings, etc.
I will be driving through LA on some other business today, so maybe on the way back home in the evening, I will try to stop by the last known address/mailing address and see if I can get any info out of the current owner/owners.