Re: Locating Out-of-town Owners?? - Posted by Carmen
Posted by Carmen on March 15, 1999 at 14:10:52:
A fair number of county/state tax authorities do make the tax information widely available, either on disk, or on-line, usually for free or at low cost.
Realtors also are able to access quite a bit of this info. If you find a friendly one, this could be done inexpensively.
Otherwise, there is a program called ISC in this area that will connect you (for about $100/month) to the tax rolls.
Once you find access through any of these methods, it should not be too difficult to “dump” or export the search data into an ASCII, Comma delimited file. This can then be imported into an Excel or Database file, and be filtered pretty quickly.
The key is the access to that database, and perhaps to break down your search criteria in a way that makes sense. After the initial “major” dump, it should be possible to do a date-filtered “dump” so that only the new or changed records will appear; this would indicate anyone who had to move and could not sell their property before moving; or those who want to try to be long-distance landlords. The first will be highly motivated; the second will probably need to simmer for a while…
Hope this helped.