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How might one find out who owns the huge vacant field next to them?

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  • How might one find out who owns the huge vacant field next to them?

    So here's the deal. I added another 2 boarders to my farm this winter. I thought it would be fine. My land was supporting 4 horses without any problems, but it has turned into a nightmare. I thought about asking them to leave, but I feel bad doing so, and they help out around the barn. I'm going to raise board so buying hay year round isn't an issue. The drought this year has made things so much worse as my pasture has gone dormant and weeds have thrived. My useable pasture is dwindling and I'm going into full on panic mode.

    But there is this huge vacant field next to my property. It would take some work to get it ready for horses, but I mean, it's there, and it is big! More than big enough for 6 horses. I could fence it with T-Posts, electric rope, and a solar charger. I could cross fence to rotate. After I plow down all the brush and mow it a few times, it could be great. No one is using it, it is only accessible by vehicle from my property. I've seen a few hunters around during deer season and some kids on 4-wheelers occasionally ride though. So how would I go about finding who owns this field? I'd love to lease it from them, it could be my save my fields!
    come what may

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    tax records, city hall.
    or a friendly realtor can pull the information up for you.

    (I mean that's how a trollish 'rescue' person was found out, posting some random farm address as her own....)

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    • #3
      Go to the tax assessor/collector office in your county with the address and they will bring up the records on it, owner, what the taxes are and if they are being paid.
      May even know if it was sold, how many times, to whom and when last.

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      • #4
        You can also look up tax records online for most counties (at least in NC). Just Google ______ County GIS. Often there's a way to search an address.

        For my county if you search an address it pulls up a map with the lot outlined, but all the neighboring lots are there, too. So you just click the one you want and it shows you the tax data, owner, etc. Very useful when looking at real estate

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        • #5
          Yes, our County has tax maps online too.

          In our rural town, you go to Town Hall (or to the County headquarters if you don't want anyone to know you are asking) and ask to see the tax map for that property.

          If you approach the landowner phrase it in terms of what's in it for him/her. Like, you'll be improving the land by mowing so weeds won't take over, or something along those lines. Or you'll pay him/her!

          Good luck!
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            #6
            Ok thanks everyone! I didn't realize it was that easy.

            I'm planning on offering to pay them to lease the land, and will mention all the ways it is "benefitting" them. Hopefully this will work out as it will really help me out. Kay even be able to get some extra cash if I can stop feeding hay...I can only hope.
            come what may

            Rest in peace great mare, 1987-2013

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            • #7
              Creepy timing, DH and I were just discussing a large amount of vacant land across the street from where we board (and incidentally, right next to where the Whidbey Trials are run every year), it's prob 140+ acres and used to be hayed, but is sitting fallow this year...

              May have to look into this...
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              • #8
                It is even easier than that- you live in PA- we have townships.

                Go to the township building, and ask them. No harm, no foul.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by SAcres View Post
                  So here's the deal. I added another 2 boarders to my farm this winter. I thought it would be fine. My land was supporting 4 horses without any problems, but it has turned into a nightmare. I thought about asking them to leave, but I feel bad doing so, and they help out around the barn. I'm going to raise board so buying hay year round isn't an issue. The drought this year has made things so much worse as my pasture has gone dormant and weeds have thrived. My useable pasture is dwindling and I'm going into full on panic mode.

                  But there is this huge vacant field next to my property. It would take some work to get it ready for horses, but I mean, it's there, and it is big! More than big enough for 6 horses. I could fence it with T-Posts, electric rope, and a solar charger. I could cross fence to rotate. After I plow down all the brush and mow it a few times, it could be great. No one is using it, it is only accessible by vehicle from my property. I've seen a few hunters around during deer season and some kids on 4-wheelers occasionally ride though. So how would I go about finding who owns this field? I'd love to lease it from them, it could be my save my fields!
                  Check here; http://www.buckscountyboa.org/pt/Sea...spx?mode=owner

                  You can search by address.
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                  • #10
                    Ditto googling county GIS maps. I've used this "trick" at all my recent boarding barns, so I know where to ride to stay on their property, as well as the names of neighbors I want to suck up to in order to cross their hayfields.
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                    • #11
                      I helped put myself through college working as a title searcher (the research arm of title insurance companies).
                      While you can go to the tax office, what they will tell you is who is paying the taxes; not necessarily who owns the property. Often a bank is collecting escrowed payments and then paying taxes when due. Where you can find out who actually does legally own the property is in the office of the register of deeds. Usually the folks there will be glad to show you how to research the parcel of interest.
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                      • #12
                        FYI - due to privacy laws, most of the online resources will give you the mailing address of the owner, but not the name.

                        Going down to your county / township you will be able to obtain the information, or try calling a local title company, they can usually access the information easily.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Appsolute View Post
                          FYI - due to privacy laws, most of the online resources will give you the mailing address of the owner, but not the name.
                          My county's online records show not only mailing address but also name of the titled owner.
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                          • #14
                            In Colorado online records show you owner, and their current mailing address. In Alabama some counties are online through an independent service, but the records weren't updated where I used to live, so you just went to the courthouse. Most places in GA are totally online, with sale prices, taxes paid and everything. It really varies according to location.
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                            • #15
                              Here, when you walk in the tax assessor office, there is a large wall with a large map of the county and each parcel of land and the name of the owner/s on it.

                              Then you can ask for any address or way of contacting the ones you want to find out more about.
                              For some, the contact may be an estate, trust, bank or some other than the owner, but that is a start.

                              Go see if that is what you have there.

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                              • #16
                                FYI - due to privacy laws, most of the online resources will give you the mailing address of the owner, but not the name.
                                Not so, many will list all the tax information you ever need on line, name, address, price bought for, price sold, back taxes owed etc
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                                • #17
                                  Ok it must just be California that does not show the actual name. Trust me, it is the case in this state, I work the title industry. CA will show back taxes etc etc, but the name on the listing is retracted.
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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by Appsolute View Post
                                    Ok it must just be California that does not show the actual name. Trust me, it is the case in this state, I work the title industry. CA will show back taxes etc etc, but the name on the listing is retracted.
                                    Up here, some counties will only list the name - some only the address - some everything. I live in one of those 'everything' counties, and have found it rather useful in looking up my new neighbors.

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