Learn More About Property Owner Searches

If you want to know more about a property and the person who owns (or owned) it, a property owner search should be able to glean you the information you need. But what kind of information does that entail, exactly?

Information About an Owner

The first piece of information is pretty obvious. As you'd probably expect from the name, a property owner search gives you a variety of information about the owner of a property. The exact information in a property owner search isn't always stable, however. You might find different information for different property owners, whether because of the state the property resides in, the state the owner resides in, the time frame of the purchase, or even something else.

Still, at the very least, you should be able to find the current owner's name. Although that might not seem like a lot, it's a good jumping-off point for obtaining additional information on the individual in question. A PeopleFinders people search will give you access to the information you need.

A Record of Past Owners

As a property changes hands, the law doesn't simply wipe away previous owners. Instead, you can find information about who previously owned the property in question, when the person owned it and, occasionally, other information about the past ownership of the property. The information in question can range back centuries if that's when the first person bought the land; more highly settled land tends to have more past owners than less-settled land.

This set of records varies as well, but it's at times even more confusing because of the way in which record-keeping has changed over the years. If it is a home or a piece of land that people have traded for centuries, you might find more or less information based on the time period of the record in question.

Tax Information and General Property Information

Property ownership doesn't just concern itself with who has lawful ownership of a specific plot or building. Even in property ownership records, you'll find a variety of information specifically about the property itself.

As with just about anything else, this varies from record to record. But you'll usually find tax information, including information on any valuation of buildings and the land it's on, information on whether a plot contains buildings or not and sometimes a list of permits that the property owner applies for in the pursuit of industrialization.

What Information Can a Property Owner Search Give?

This is all the raw data: pieces of information that you'll directly get from a property owner search. But how do you put it all together to understand more about a property?

Differences in Residents Versus Owners

First off, when you look up a property owner, you'll sometimes see the property resident isn't the same as the owner. This usually means the current owners are renting the place from the owner. Make sure you check the owner carefully though, because the records might actually reflect bank ownership. If that's the case, it usually means the residents purchased the home but haven't paid the mortgage off yet.

You might also be able to draw some conclusions from the differences in changes of residency and changes of ownership. Did a person move from being the owner and resident to simply being the owner? That person probably decided to start renting the home. Did the owner change, but not the resident? Another rental property may have purchased the home, or the individual may have refinanced it. You can draw all sorts of interesting inferences from this information.

The Rate at Which a Property Changes Hands

This information can actually be surprisingly telling, especially in the context of a new neighborhood. Do you notice that the property quickly runs through residents, owners or both? That could mean that people don't like living in the area and want to leave as soon as possible. It could also have structural or geographical issues that make it hard to look after.

Although the quick-change rate doesn't always mean that it's a bad investment, it's a piece of the puzzle you should look at. Essentially, if you see this in a property owner search, pay closer attention to other things that might not strike you as red flags otherwise.

Criminal Records of Current and Past Residents and Owners

You won't necessarily find criminal records when you just look up property ownership information. Unless a property owner or resident included criminal information in a filing at some point, this information rarely overlaps. But you can use the information in a property owner search to perform a criminal records search on current and past residents and owners through PeopleFinders.

This mostly gives you an idea of a property's background, but it can also give you an idea as to the neighborhood and what you might expect from the individual leasing or selling it. If you find that the owner has multiple criminal convictions of negligence, for example, you might want to consider finding a different place to rent.

How Can I Learn Who Owns This Property?

Clearly, property ownership information can showcase a lot. How do you get that information so you can use it in all of these interesting ways?

Public Listings for the Property

Obviously, property listings will give you a little bit of information about the property in question. It's not usually to the extent of legal documents, but you can at least see the real estate agency or leasing company currently involved with the property. Plus, if you surf around, you might see reviews on third-party sites for the agency, the complex or the property itself.

Even if you plan to perform a criminal records check with PeopleFinders, looking at property listings is a good first step to take anyway. After all, you'll likely deal a lot with these agencies if you make a move on the property.

Official Property Records

Legal property records will provide you with much more thorough information than anything you'll find elsewhere online. That's why you should always look into a location's property records before making anything official. Just perform an address lookup to see a variety of information about the property and its associated individuals.

An address lookup is one of the quickest ways to get information --- you don't even have to search through pages of people with the same name. You just have to enter the street address to get immediate information about it. That's why it's so worth it to take the time to perform an address lookup on any location that you're genuinely considering for purchase or move-in.

Use PeopleFinders to Find Property and Safety Information

When it comes to a new property, information is like gold. It's an incredibly important part of ensuring that your new residence is safe, comfortable, and easy to use as intended. That includes both the information you can find through listings and legal information that PeopleFinders can provide you. These two are equally important.

On top of simple property information, PeopleFinders' various tools also make it easy for you to check on the safety of the property and those nearby. You can perform background checks on people in the neighborhood, to try and make sure you're not moving in next door to a registered sex offender or other violent criminal. You don't ever need to put yourself in harm's way again. Use PeopleFinders to try and make your day-to-day life a little safer.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I do a property owner search on peoplefinders.com?

To find a property owner on PeopleFinders, you can start with a search by name.

Can I find a property owner for free on peoplefinders.com?

We offer some rudimentary identifying information for free. But for access to more in-depth data, we have to charge a fee.

How do I find the owner of a property?

We recommend a search at PeopleFinders, of course. Or, you can contact the county recorder's office directly to see if you can get access to information about a property and its owner.

What is a property owner?

A property owner is someone who is possession of the title to a piece of land, building, etc.

Can I search for a property owner with an address?

If you need to find a property owner's name, you can start with a search for the property address first. The property owner's name should be included in the information associated with that address.

Who owns a foreclosed property?

If a property is foreclosed, the lender, usually a bank, takes over ownership of that property.

How do I find a property owner's email address?

A property owner's email address, as well as phone numbers and other addresses, should be accessible in his or her background report.

What Is a Property Owner Search?