Unknown street address of “junkers” - Posted by Matthew Chan
Posted by Matthew Chan on May 18, 1999 at 03:08:00:
On my way back from the post office today, I decided to take some detours and look at some houses today. I saw some FSBO’s but what really perked me up was 3 abandoned “junker” houses that are within a mile of each other. They are hot stuff to me because the area is a fairly nice middle to upper income area (an area I could live in happily!). They just stick out. All the houses are sitting on fairly large lots meaning there is privacy and room to spread out. They are the classic “junkers” Legrand talks about that has plenty of potential for a nice rehab and I wasn’t really even trying!
Needless to say, I pulled up to each one to check things out. Those houses stink really bad and are open to some degree where anyone can take a peek inside. Heck, they are abandoned!
I can’t find the exact street address of these houses because there doesn’t seem to be a clue except that I narrowed down the number based on the neighboring homes (which are not that close to begin with). Now, I have a range to narrow down the exact number of the street address but the numbers jump up so much from one house to another. I looked at the curb, I looked for some old mail, I looked for faded indications of a street number, and any other physical evidence that might be left to no avail.
I tried to go to the neighbors homes to ask about them but they either didn’t know much or they weren’t home.
I plan on calling and visiting the county offices and see if they can help me pinpoint the addresses of these 3 houses. But if that doesn’t work, I am at somewhat of a loss what to do next in this hunt. I thought about calling the utility companies by looking for some unique identifier number on the meters. But it looked like a standard meter to me with little to help me.
To date, I haven’t looked at “junkers” so this is proving to be an interesting experience. It never occurred to me that I would have such a tough time getting an exact street address so I could eventually trace it back to the owners to make some offer.
Any ideas for me? What haven’t I thought of? Thanks!