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Who Owns the House

Finding the owner of a property or figuring out who owns the house that you wish to purchase can be done in a variety of ways.  Finding out who owns the house is a matter of public record and is available to anyone whom wishes to do a property search. Every city and town has a tax assessor who evaluates homes, businesses and land in a particular town and determines the taxes on each piece of property.  After a determination is made on the taxes of a particular piece of property, the home or land is then listed in a record called “assessor rolls”.  These rolls are a list of all properties and homes, and this list is available to the persons who wish to find out who owns the house, business or land.

The assessor rolls can typically be obtained from a town’s assessment office or assessor rolls office and will list the owners name and address. Another way to find out who owns the house or property you wish to research is to view the deed of the piece of property.  The deed, which is required by law to be recorded after the sale and transfer of real estate, will have both the name of the seller and buyer of the property listed.  Deeds are typically located at a county office or facility such as the registry of deeds. If you wish to do your research to find out who owns the house via the internet, there are several ways you can go about it.  You can begin by typing in the specific address and doing a reverse address look up.

A reverse address look up may give you the name of the person who owns the house, but it is possible you could come up empty handed.  If this is the case, try doing a search of public records online.  Most towns and cities have their public records located online which are available to anyone who wishes to search.  To begin searching public records online, simply visit the city or towns website and look for a link or page to list of assessed properties.  If you are having trouble locating the assessor roll online, type in phrases such as “recorded documents”, “assessor’s department” or “finance” into the websites search bar.  You may have to do some deep digging to figure out who owns the house, but the information you want should be available online.

If you do not have the time to do your own research, or have no luck finding out who owns the house or property, you can hire a commercial search company to find the information from you.  You can search particular companies online, and you will find there are hundreds of companies offering home search services.  These companies are located in practically every town and city, and prices vary depending on the location and services offered. Finding out who owns the house or piece of property you wish to research or purchase is an easy task that you should be able to do on your own.  All it takes is a little patience and some good research skills.

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