How to find out who owns a tract of land

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How to find out who owns a tract of land
If you find your castle on a leisurely drive, don't give up until you find out who owns it and if it is for sale. (house in the country image by bertie from Fotolia.com)

The scenarios is a common one: you're driving down the highway and spot a piece of land that is just what you've been looking for. Maybe it is a home on a corner lot, or it could be a couple of hundred acres of farm land. What matters is how to find out who owns the land and if they would be interested in selling it. Finding out who owns a tract of land is not a difficult process.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Instructions

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    Property marked clearly with its address makes the search much easier. Take the address to the county clerk's office in the county in which the property is located, either online or in person, and find the title to the deed for that property using the address.

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    Property offered for sale by real estate companies can supply you with a property identification number. This number is the exactly location on the grid for that piece of land. You can use it at the county assessor's office to identify the land and owner's information.

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    Find out what county the land is in. This can be tricky if it is a large piece of rural land without many easy to recognise markers. For unmarked land, map out the location on a street map and take it with you to the local county assessor. The clerk in the assessor's office can look up tracts in the tract book following the street locations. If you know the exact location and county the property is situated in, you can go to the county assessor's office online for that location. If you only have a vague idea, or are not sure what county that particular spot falls in, go in person to City Hall and people there will be able to help you narrow down your search.

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    Once you know for sure the county in which the land is located, go to the county assessor's office in person. Most will not give out personal information to anyone online for security purposes. However, in person they must divulge the owners of a parcel of land since it is a matter of public record.

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