In the past, information on local land owners could only be found by taking the long walk to your local town or city hall and perusing the files on record.
Luckily, there are now several online databases providing land owner search capabilities that help you find up-to-date information on land owners in any county nationwide.
In this article, we highlight the different avenues that you can take when trying to uncover land ownership information and connect with land owners directly.
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How to Find Land Owners
From your local agency websites to larger, public databases, land ownership records can be sourced through several online platforms.
Below, we provide some in-depth examples of some of the public records and other websites that can be used to unearth data on land ownership.
These platforms help you widen your scope and uncover information on land owners with ease.
With Reonomy TrueOwner, you can quickly find land owners anywhere in the country—in any state, city, county, or zip code, in any Opportunity Zone, and all the way down to an exact street name or address.
You can use Reonomy’s property search capabilities to search specifically for vacant land and other sub-types of land, including agricultural land, residential vacant land, commercial vacant land, mobile home lots, forests, marshland, recreational vacant land, and more.
From there, you can sift through more than 30 million land parcels nationwide by location, lot acreage, zoning, sales history, debt history, and ownership.
To search for land specifically within an Opportunity Zone, you can use the filter present in the Building and Lot tab. See how to do that in-detail here.
Land Ownership Records
When looking for land owner information online, public records are a great place to focus your search efforts. Charting the history of local plots, public records divulge information on the chain of deeds that showcase the ownership of a particular piece of land.
If you’re interested in a plot of land in your local area, you might begin with a search of your local county or district official’s website to uncover details on current land owners, as well as information on when they acquired the plot.
Typically, these details can be uncovered with a simple search of the plot’s address on your local agency’s website.
The sites below are the sources that you can use to find public land records online to dive into ownership records.
US Land Records
The U.S. Land Records website, despite not actually covering the entire U.S. (it covers 16 states in total with limited counties), is a great source to go to be directed to local land record websites.
The site lets you first choose a state, then leads you to a land records page just for that state, where you can then select a county to search.
NETR Online is a great place to begin to uncover states with local agencies that house land ownership records.
The site offers an online directory that links each state’s relevant offices via an interactive map.
For example, the Oregon Public Records section provides a list of each county – with an exhaustive list of agencies housing county public records. As they note on their homepage, not every office will have a website or showcase their records online – in such instances, a phone number will be made available.
NETR Online also uploads property records and parcel maps of counties across the U.S., allowing you to also trace ownership for the majority of plots on their database.
In addition, you can also use their website to print deeds and browse other comparable plots.
Unsure of the city or state of your plot when figuring out how to find a land owners name on the NETR system? You can use the search converter to convert a zip code or a city into a state.
Without NETR, you can also go directly to your local public land records source. Let’s look at a few examples.
Jackson County Property Data Database
As noted above, you can uncover information on property or land ownership by utilizing the local digitized public records databases of your county.
You can search for land ownership information on plots in Jackson County, Oregon, for example, by using the Jackson County Property Data Database.
The search tab allows you to search by address or textual identifiers. Don’t have the address of a plot of land on-hand? The Jackson County database also provides a mapping tool that enables you to pan, zoom, and identify a plot on the map – ideal if you haven’t been able to source or verify a plot’s address.
The database provides a list of current and past owners on each plot of land; sales history and appraisal information are also available, allowing you to unearth more about land value, and providing deeper insight into how best to approach land owners based on past trends in regards to the plot in question.
If you are interested in a plot for property development, the Jackson County Property Data Database also provides assessment and planning information on each plot.
That includes detailed information on zoning overlays that may impact future developments, such as whether or not the land can be used for certain commercial developments.
The Automated City Register Information System (ACRIS)
Other online databases encompass land ownership information at the state level. ACRIS, for example, New York’s online database, contains information on land and property transfers and ownership for the Bronx, Queens, Manhattan, and Brooklyn, making it one of the most instantly recognizable platforms.
Vacant land and its ownership can be unearthed beyond metropolitan limits. Procuring land owner’s details quickly and efficiently through the ACRIS database can help you snap up a desirable New York plot.
If you already possess details on the section, block, and lot of the land in question, you can use the search feature to find documents related to the plot.
If you only have the address of the property, enter the details in the “Find Addresses and Parcels” section, which will provide you details on the section, block, and lot of a plot.
You can then fill in these details on the “Search Property Records” page, providing you with a gateway to records containing information on property and land ownership, sale price, and more.
County Clerk’s Office
The majority of information on land owners should be available through a local authority’s website, but if you can’t find the ownership information you are looking for, nor do you use Reonomy, you may still have to take a trip down to your local recorder’s office.
Some agencies will not have uploaded the entirety of their land ownership records online.
Comparatively, you may be able to find out who owns a plot of land by reaching out to nearby property and business owners.
Land Owner Map Search
Instead of sifting through records on or offline, you can also use an online map search to roam and find the owners of specific land parcels.
Alternatively, you can also turn to generalized online platforms when considering how to find land owners. MangoMap provides an interactive, easily-searchable map of the different US counties.
The interactive map is broken down into different layers, allowing you to explore based on road names, address, elevation, lot lines, yearly sales, city limits, flood hazards, and more. If you don’t have an exact address, refining your search based on these elements can help you to narrow down your search and uncover accurate ownership information for plots of land.
In addition, if you are interested in acquiring land for future developments, these added characteristics can also help you uncover more about plots of land before you invest; such as potential reviews or restrictions required for land that is in danger of flooding.
AcreValue is another online tool that allows you to roam the United States and find the owners of specific land parcels.
The site’s GIS maps compile agricultural data, including farmland values, soil productivity ratings, crop mixes, and parcel ownership information.
AcreValue has plans at $9, $29, and $49 per month. To search parcels by owner and get owner mailing addresses, you must be on the mid-tier plan ($29/mo) or higher.
How to Find Land Owner Contact Information
Once you have identified who the owner of a land parcel is, you’re likely interested in finding the contact information for that LLC, entity, or individual.
Whatever the case may be, you can again turn to Reonomy to find the contact information for owners across the country.
Aside from being able to simply access ownership information on land anywhere in the country, Reonomy gives you immediate access to land owner contact information, as well.
After running your land search as mentioned above, you can simply visit the profile card of any property and go to the Ownership tab to see the name of the owning LLC, entity, or individual.
Upon clicking, you can then see the individuals associated with the owning LLC or entity, along with their contact information.
Here, you can see the phone numbers, email address, and mailing addresses of all individuals associated with ownership of the parcel, which you can then use to reach out directly to owners and avoid gatekeepers.
Landing Your Next Investment
Thanks to the digitalization of land ownership records, finding land ownership information is no longer a laborious task.
Accessing land ownership data online can provide you with deeper insights into the value of a plot, and can save you time and expenses as you reach out to land owners directly.
With the above sources in your midst, there’s no reason why any land parcel is out of reach.