Abandoned Residential Property in Texas - What do I do?

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  • Abandoned Residential Property in Texas - What do I do?


Answer #1 | 28/12 2013 22:46
I would call a couple of local real estate agencies, tell them of your situation, but also tell them that you want information about this house because you are considering buying the property yourself if the price is right (that's honest enough--no need to tell them that the 'price' you're willing to pay might only be $10). I'm sure a REA will look into it for you because it will give the agency an opportunity to become a seller for the property regardless of whether they sell it to you or to someone else. Chances are that, if nothing else, one of these offices can look back in the real estate records and find out the names of the owners who had the home listed in 2010-11. You can go from there. But I would start by asking some of the other neighbors what happened to the people who were living there. Did they die, or move away? Did they have any children or other family who might have inherited the property? What were their names? There should be SOMETHING in the county records about this home--but I myself have run into problems, in CA, about property lot numbers vs. actual addresses. If you live on a city or county line, there's a possibility that the home next door may have been rightly or wrongly listed in a different jurisdiction from yours. That happened to me. San Jose was trying to charge me city taxes for my business which was located in a neighboring town--a state worker, confused by the map, had dishonestly taken the number of a neighboring San Jose home and attached it to my place of business. I had to jump through loops to straighten it out.

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