How to Find Out Who Owns a Property in Your Neighborhood (or Anywhere)

Posted by Bonnie Martin Designated Broker on Thursday, February 12th, 2015 at 7:43am.

houseinhand_voronin_450realtor.com - If you’re anything like us, you’ve been obsessed this week with the New York Times’ series on the shadowy oligarchs who’ve been buying up New York luxury real estate behind the facades of more than 200 shell companies. 

These are not the kinds of people everyone has living next door (unless you live in theTime Warner Center, where condos can run to, say, $68 million), but that doesn’t mean you can’t play investigator in your own neighborhood: Who took over that gorgeous Victorian in need of TLC? Who lives in that fourth-floor apartment where the lights are always—always!—on? You can find these answers relatively easily, using some of the same tools the Times’ reporters did during their yearlong probe. It all depends on how much money—and time—you’re willing to spend.

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