I live in a borough of New York City and I have been contacting several title insurance companies trying to get information about a few ugly houses I am interested in buying/assigning. The problem is, none of these companies are willing to give out information on houses that are not on the market. In my case, the owners of the houses I am interested in don't have their houses on the market, as the houses are not even for sale. I want to get information on the owner as well as history on the house. I don't want to contact the owners without doing my homework first, so I'm kind of stuck. Zillow.com has some of the information I need, but I can't get the phone number of the owner nor can I find info on the original loan. If someone has a suggestion on what I should do, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!