For almost a year I've been looking at a property in my neighborhood. I searched the county records and the payments have been made as well as the taxes. I found out that the owner had received a notice of default back in the 90s.
So here's the story. I live in Southern California (Ventura County to be exact). There was a magnitude 6.7 earthqquake back in 1994 in Northridge which is about 60 miles south of here. Even with the epicenter being that far away it was strong enough to wake us in Ventura County. Because of this the wife of the owner of my subject property refused to stay in the house. She is from Italy and insisted they move back there. As I said this was 14 years ago, the house has been empty since that time.
As you can imagine the house has been vandalized and after someone broke in, they think it was some kids, the water was left on and there is mold. I talked to the neighbor (like Dean says) and he said he had seen people in haz-mat uniforms going into the house. It's sad because the house is in a very desirable neighborhood and, if it is salvageable, there would be several people interested. I have a call in to the person in code compliance who is handling the case. Fingers crossed that the house is fixable.
I've run into a wall right now because, as I stated, the owners have moved to Italy and there is no forwarding address. Does anyone know how to locate someone out of the country with just their name? They possibly have a daughter and I also thought about trying to locate her birth record, I just don't know how because I don't know where she was born.
Thanks for any ideas.