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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

If you truly are a REALTOR® you wouldn't be asking this question.

Mar 23, 2016 09:58 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Hire another realtor to represent you.


Mar 24, 2016 12:46 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

How can you not know this if you are a Realtor? What would you do to help a client in this situation? Maybe you need representation by a more knowledgeable agent to help.

Mar 24, 2016 01:38 AM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Mr. anonymous real estate agent, perhaps it is time to retake the pre-license classes in your state or province. Even the Utah students could answer this question

Mar 24, 2016 10:02 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

You should know by now how to contact property owners.

Mar 24, 2016 06:04 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Not trying to be mean spirited but you need to consider another career.

Mar 24, 2016 03:20 AM
Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate
Tropical Beachside brokered by eXp - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida

This is Real Estate 101...if you don't know the answer to your question, your are not ready to buy properties for your personal use. You need to take some classes and talk with your broker before even considering such a venture.


Mar 24, 2016 03:13 AM
Abby Stiller
SW Florida (239) 284-8637


Mar 24, 2016 03:04 AM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Are you serious? 

Mar 24, 2016 02:01 AM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

You could start with the tax records and send a letter asking for an appointment. 

Mar 24, 2016 11:38 AM
Demarco & Marisa
Remax Kings Realty - Riverside, CA
"The Choice is Clear!"

I'd try tax records, online searches like, prder the property profile or knock on the door. Good luck! 

Mar 24, 2016 11:09 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Every county has a land records office and a treasurers office, both will have the names and addresses you are looking for, most are even online.

Mar 24, 2016 05:56 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Send a lender to start with and tell them you are interested in here house


Mar 24, 2016 05:15 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I've done that in the past, when I was searching for a single family ranch style home....I mailed to all ranches in the town....two responded.... I bought one and listed the other!!!! that was 12 years ago, and I still own and rent out that home....

Mar 24, 2016 04:57 AM
Joan Dickie
Keller Williams Premier Realty - La Crosse, WI
Keller Williams Premier Realty

There are services you can buy that will get you phone numbers if you prefer to call.  I don't know speciically as I'm not a caller, but if you google, you will be able to decide from a list.  If you are truly interested in doing this, you might want to check out the biggerpockets website.  There is a lot of help there on how to find properties for sale.  And remember what Annette says, if you have a license, you have to disclose, disclose, disclose.  Also talk to your broker and ask him what the office policy is about purchasing for yourself and what fees are owed on the transaction.

Mar 24, 2016 02:11 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

I would mail letter first, and ask if they are interested in discussing selling their  property to you at some point. Include your email, and phone #.

Mar 24, 2016 12:24 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Your local tax records should provide the information you need. Then, hire a buyer agent.

Mar 23, 2016 11:58 PM
Becca Rasmussen
HomeSmart Cherry Creek - Highlands Ranch, CO

As other have pointed out, door knocking might get you somewhere. Not my style for a myriad of reasons, but it probably is the fastest route to get some answers.

Alternately, do some online or in-person research at the county records office and library. e.g. our county assessor's office's property record shows the name and mailing address of the property owners, who might or might not live in the property itself. Then a phone book search (try county library for a copy) usually will net the phone number. The county assessor's record also provides a whole lot of other goodies that will help you in evaluating the property and for structuring a reasonable offer should the owners actually be interested. 

Ultimately, the how of contacting them (knock, call, letter, other, some combination, etc) is up to you and what lies in your comfort or stretch zone.

Mar 23, 2016 11:28 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

If you come to a full awareness of this subject matter, then results will follow. Part of the wanting to know is the seeking out for yourself. Good start

Mar 23, 2016 11:27 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Check tax records - mail letter

Mar 23, 2016 11:24 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

Knock, Knock

or Letter

Mar 23, 2016 11:10 PM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

Knock on their door.

Mar 23, 2016 11:03 PM
Susan Laxson CRS
Palm Properties - La Quinta, CA
Realtor in San Diego, CA & Naples, FL

I am not into door knocking, so I would send a letter expressing my interest and asking if they are willing to sell their property to give me a call.

Mar 23, 2016 10:18 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Knock on the door.

Sure there will be the occasional curmudgeon on the other side, most likely real estate agents who can not bare up under such inconvenience.

Let me assure you, as a 'real estate agent' if you have not figured out the answer to the question you post, big red flags are going up. Something is not right.

Reaching the citizen is the EASY part, it is what you say next that is critical.

NOTICE: you are aware that as a real estate agent there are very specific things you MUST disclose that will not be beneficial to your plan.

Mar 23, 2016 10:00 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I would not want anyone knocking on my door and asking if I want to sell.

Mar 23, 2016 09:13 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Go old school. Knock on the door!

Mar 23, 2016 09:11 PM
Peter Mohylsky, Beach Expert
PMI. Destin - Miramar Beach, FL
Call me at 850-517-7098

Door knock is the only certified way to meet the owners. 

Mar 23, 2016 08:24 PM