A skip trace is a detailed search of multiple data sources, not available to the general public, that will provide you with specific information to help you locate "lost" or hard to find property owners. Most people have never heard of a skip trace and never will. When you use this powerful tool and find the sellers of vacant houses, you will have a huge leg up over the competition, and will make big money on properties that they simply can't touch.
If you already understand the opportunity that exists with vacant properties, then you know that the missing link is the ability to locate the owner(s). This is where most people fail and walk away because they simply don't know how. Having access to RealEstateSkipTrace.com will make this possible for you to easily locate the missing owner and give you a huge advantage over your competition.
All you need to successfully run a skip trace search is the first and last name of the person you're looking for, or their last known address which is typically the address of the vacant house. Simply enter your information in the system and click "submit search", and within seconds you'll have your results.
Here are some ideas and skip tracing tools for US real estate market.
Paid Skip Tracing Tools
Beenverified – BeenVerified is an easy-to-access collection of public record information. Public records are collected through official government records such as mortgage deeds and court records, and through sources such as magazine subscriptions, warranty cards, and utility bills. BeenVerified is a background check company that provides consumer initiated criminal background and people search services through its website for profit as well as its mobile application
LocatePlus.com – This site offers unlimited person search for less than $2.50 per day. LocatePLUS online investigative databases allow users to access billions of public and non-public skip tracing records and information from any internet browser.
SkipSmasher.com – Founded in 2004, Skip Smasher is the only top people-search data service that is owned and operated by a licensed private investigator. It uses a unique approach of being limited to searches just for finding and identifying people, phone numbers, addresses and more.
Customers use the services for a range of purposes from skip-tracing to fraud investigation/prevention to service of process and vehicle repossessions. Users must submit an online application to start.
SkipGenie.com – Skip Genie prides itself as the “Ultimate Skip Tracing For Investors” – a virtually exclusive way to easily reach home sellers and negotiate deals. Users can locate hard-to-find sellers within minutes by getting landlines, mobiles, emails, and addresses. This skip trace software starts at $47 per month.
TLO.com – TLOxp provides insights for: Debt recovery, Identity authentication, Investigation, Corporate risk management and due diligence, Threat assessment, Fraud detection and prevention, and Legislative compliance. Its advanced linking algorithms scour billions of public and proprietary records on an estimated 95% of the U.S. population.
BellesLink.com – BellesLink is made for Real Estate Investors, Skip Tracing Pros, Lawyers & Investigators, and Repossessors & Forwarders. The site is perfect for any business that needs to skip trace current phone numbers and addresses. Flat-rate price is $99.95 per user/per month.
Free Skip Tracing Tools
Truepeoplesearch - True People Search said in their “About” section that their mission was to help people find lost family and friends. “Create the most powerful people search service in the world and give it away for free,” the site states. “That's our mission statement here at TruePeopleSearch.com.
Search Engines – Google, Yahoo! and Bing are the top 3 search engines that people use. Before looking for unpopular or paid sites, use these search engines first to locate your subject by keying in his full name, address and other information you have prepared.
These search engines also have an Advanced Search where you can specify whether you want results to be exactly as you’ve entered them or find pages that contain such search words.
Social Media Platforms – Sharing information online is now easier and faster with the help of social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Social media profiles are like online resumes. Users add everything from their full name up to current employment. Check ins and posts also confirm their current location.
Blog and WordPress Sites – Another tool where people share almost everything is a blog or a WordPress site. These sites are usually made by the owner himself or herself and usually include an “about me” page. Bloggers share their day-to-day experience, stories from the past or a recent travel stunt.
Online Directories – Skip tracing tools and techniques such as SkipEase and Spokeo pull up information from telecommunications services providers so you can either search for your subject’s full name or telephone number to get or verify additional information.
Email Checkers – Check if your lists of email addresses are valid by using email checker sites like www.email-checker.com and www.emailsherlock.com
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