There's got to be a better way... - Posted by Bryan (Sacramento)

Posted by Bryan (Sacramento) on April 19, 2002 at 22:40:21:

I’m just starting out. I haven’t done any advertising yet, I’m still working on my target audience. I’m looking for SFH’s right now.

There’s got to be a better way… - Posted by Bryan (Sacramento)

Posted by Bryan (Sacramento) on April 19, 2002 at 22:08:01:

than posting flyers willy nilly all over the place. I want to target tract houses built between 1946-55 that have owners who bought a LONG time ago-original owner who can’t keep up the place due to advancing age would be ideal, but owners who’ve been there since the 70s or even 80s would be nice too. I can’t get into eviction filings here in CA so I can’t go the tired landlord route. Do the property tax records list date of purchase? I’ve never looked at property tax records before.

Re: There’s got to be a better way… - Posted by Ronald * Starr(in No CA)

Posted by Ronald * Starr(in No CA) on April 20, 2002 at 19:16:18:


I don’t understand why you would pose this question. All you have to do is call the assessor’s office and ask them. Why didn’t you do that already?

Most people here would not know what the Sacramento County assessment roll has on it, so would not be able to answer your question.

John E. is correct in a sense. The assessment roll will show the date of the last recorded document which made a change in the ownership records related to the property. However, it will not show you when the property was orginally purchased by the owner, unless that is the last document recorded. If there have been so self-deedings, you will not know when the property was originally purchased. Many people these days put their properties into family trust, long after acquiring the properties.

At least you know that those whose last document was recorded a long time ago acquired the property a long time ago. You just know know if those whose documents are pretty recently recorded are newer owners or long-term owners who have recorded some newer document. HOWEVER, here is a hint: if the most recent ownership change was recorded fairly recently and the assessed value of the property is was below current values, you have a hint that this could be a long-term owner who has a more recent document filed.

I also recommend that you contact one or more title companies and ask for the information that you want. Ask for “Customer Service.”

Good InvestingRon Starr

Re: There’s got to be a better way… - Posted by JohnE

Posted by JohnE on April 20, 2002 at 09:47:28:


You may be able to get this information from a title company. Its called a “Farm Report” call the customer service department and tell them what you looking for.

And yes, property tax records list when the property was purchase.


Re: There’s got to be a better way… - Posted by Dan Stra

Posted by Dan Stra on April 19, 2002 at 22:35:33:

I am just curious, at what level are you in this field? Do you have a stream of leads coming in yet? Have you done a few deals?

I am not trying to offend but it seems to me like you are looking for a silver bullet of sorts. i think that, in our biz, we should have a willingness to try anything that others say will work.

If you want to go the tired LL route then go to your town hall and order a list of all property owners who own buildings in the # of units you are tageting.

Pay the nice clerk for the list and begin mailing your info to them.