Just a few suggestions
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Try contacting your local county court. Ask if Notices of Default (NODs) have to be recorded as court documents. If the answer is “yes,” find out how you can search the new filings; if the answer is “no,” try one of the other options below.
Find out if the County Recorder has data available online. An easy resource to use is www.netronline.com. Simply click on “Property Data Online,” select the state you want, then click on the county, and voila! You’ll be able to see what (if any) info is available over the Internet through the various real estate-related offices in that county.
Look in the “legal notice” section of the newspaper. Look for properties that are coming up for sale at public auction (sheriff’s sale, trustee sale, whatever), jot down the addresses, the property owners’ names, and the tax ID, or at least as much info as you can get from the ad.
Go to the County Recorder’s office to look up those properties, find the NOD on the title, and see who recorded it; you’re looking for a title or abstract company that you can work with. They provide you with a list of the NODs they’ve recorded, and when you close on any of those deals, use their services for closing (“you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours”).
County Health Dept. For a List of Death Certificates Issued! NewsPapers List Obituaries! Is This Morbid? No!
Make a List of Obituaries or Death Certificates - Search to see if Property Is Owned
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