Real Estate Agent and Trainer, Robert Rico, explains how to find the owner of a property.
Welcome back to the CA Realty Training blog. We have a special feature this week! We had a subscriber of our Youtube channel (subscribe here!) ask a really good question for a new real estate agent. They asked, how do I find the owner of record on a property?
This is a question that can be answered in a few different ways, depending on where you are in your real estate career and how much work you want to do for this information. We have listed 3 ways you can go about finding the owner of a property.
- The ‘tried and true’ method
The tried and true method – just knock on the door and ask! If you are simply a curious neighbor, this is usually pretty acceptable behavior and one that is seen as normal. If you are a real estate agent already, this is really considered more of a door-knocking lead opportunity and you should have a little more research prepared before you walk up to their door.
- The County Recorder’s Office
Searching in the county recorder’s office is a method that anyone can use! This means you will physically go down to the county recorder’s office and request the records for that specific property. The owner of record, liens against the house, and title transfer are all public information. The downside to this way, of course, is the time and energy expended going down to the recorder’s office, looking through all their files, and more.
- Title Search
Do a title search – this is the best method to use! As we mentioned in our support blog, it’s always good to have a good title rep on your “support team.” This title rep can give you access to their title search system (they’ll give you your own login info.) and you can simply type in the address, owner’s name (if you have it, to see what else they own), or by APN. What’s an APN? It stands for Assessor’s Parcel Number, and it’s a unique code given to each lot when subdivided by the county Assessor.
Out of all the 3 ways to find a property owner that are listed above, the title search is the best method because you don’t have to go anywhere, and you don’t have to do much work – just type and scroll! It will tell you all the recorded mortgages on the house, what position they are in, when they were started and when they end, along with information about current and past owners, and more.
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If you have any questions regarding any of this information, or questions in general pertaining to real estate, just drop them in the comments below and we’ll be happy to answer, and maybe even do a video blog about it! 🙂