I had a doctors appointment today and decided to drive a different route on the way home. I ended up cutting through a nice subdivision and found two vacant homes, side by side, that looks as if they were abandoned by the builders and have never been occupied.
The first house looks as if it is completed, the yard had been sodded, but the grass is high and looks untended. There is a nice iron fence around the front and the gate is open.
On the second house, the exterior seems to be finished, but from the looks of things, I got the feeling that maybe the job was halted before completion. The yard has not been sodded. There is scrap material scattered about. A cheap wire fence is around the property with a 'no trespassing' sign out front.
I have the street name and zip, but there is no house number/address on either of the houses. I knocked on a door across the street and got no anwser. Once home, I went online to the Harris Co. Tax Office, thinking I might find info there, but had no luck...the addresses I guessed at (based on address across the street)did not come up. I'll call the tax office tomorrow and try to talk to someone. Also went to Zillow with no luck.
Just for fun, I looked up a few houses on that street, and they run from 200K to 500K. I'll go back tomorrow and see if I can find a neighbor at home to talk with. But if I strike out with the neighbors and the tax office...where do I go from there?
I am new at this and really don't know what I'm doing, but I would certainly like to pursue this. Does anyone have any ideas on how to track down the builders/owner? Any suggestion will be appreciated.
Also, on the same drive home, but a different subdivision, I found another house with potential. The house is vacant, windows are taped up (for Ike?), the grass is high. I didn't see a realtor sign in the yard, but it has a lockbox on the front door. No sign anywhere in sight. I did find it on Zillow and the online county tax office. It's 2 story, red brick, corner lot, 3br, 2.5 bath, and the tax appraisal is 135K. I've got the owners name now, but no new address. I'm hoping it won't be too hard to track him down.
So, altogether, it was an interesting drive home! lol! I'll have to do this more often.
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