Where or where has my Lake Sinclair property gone?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 GREC# 169695

Recently,  and it wasn't the first time, a potential seller walked into my office with a single piece of paper from the developer they got in the mail back in 1980 when they purchased property at Lake Sinclair.  It identified the property only as Tract XX, Lot XX, no county, no street, no subdivision.  After a few minutes of questions they did know what county they paid their annual taxes to, so it was narrowed down a bit.

Then I got on my trusty computer and went to QPublic From there you can navigate to the counties and search by name and find more information about property.  Unfortunately their property was not identified by street on the tax digest, because as it turns out much of the property in that area is still undeveloped and no one has the street as their mailing address and that particular county... well their record keeping leaves something to be desired.

But I did manage to eventually click on "previous" or "next" partial and get some names of adjacent owners and then look up some phone numbers to determine the street that this property was located on for the couple today.

But I suggest if you own property that you would like to "find" again that you haven't seen for over 20 years that you call a broker and/or the county court house and get some information first.  In having their map and parcel number from the qpublic records in only minutes the tax assessor could have looked at the map and given me a street name... had it not been on a Sunday.

I do find it amazing though, the number of people who've walked through my office doors over the past 23 years and literally had NO IDEA where property they own and pay taxes on is located.

But if you can't find it, if you give me a copy of your latest tax bill, I can.  Call me.


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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Tammy, I remember in the 60's & 70's when you could buy land through newspaper advertisements in Colorado, New Jersey and New Mexico and could pay $20per month....often these people lived in other states and never saw the property....but as good home owners paid the taxes....Endre

Jul 08, 2015 02:59 PM #1
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Tammy. Pretty crazy, but I know that happens for one reason or another. You gave the person good advice, maybe an opportunity for a referral.

Jul 08, 2015 08:14 PM #2
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Tammy, you are the Go To Realtor in Lake Sinclair GA.  I am sure that the couple were happy that they walked through your office doors.

Jul 08, 2015 08:47 PM #3
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Tammy, remember the "rubber chicken" dinners where lots in the moddle of nowhere were promoted! Enjoy your day!

Jul 08, 2015 09:05 PM #4
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

That's not a issue I've yet run into Tammy, but it sounds like you have the process well under control. Just the other day, I did recommend to my buyer of a horse property in our area that has 7 acres and no survey on record to get a survey as all that exists is a very old metes and bounds description.

Jul 08, 2015 09:57 PM #5
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Tammy, wow I can't imagine not knowing where a property is that I own. You probably made their day by finding it! I'm sure they will remember you for referrals.

Jul 08, 2015 11:49 PM #6
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Tammy, this sounds amazing the tax bill would not have the property information on it!  Glad you can assist them!

Jul 09, 2015 12:04 AM #7
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Hello Tammy and good morning. I can see that this would be a problem. 

Jul 09, 2015 12:46 AM #8
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I find that very interesting as well.  If owned a property, I would be sure to know where it was and what the boundaries were, haha.

Jul 09, 2015 01:32 AM #9
John Meussner
Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, - Walnut Creek, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852

Glad that you're willing to be so helpful to people, and a great big WOW to those who aren't sure of this information.

Jul 09, 2015 02:13 AM #10
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Tammy, land record offices are indeed mysterious places!  I took a trip to DC's one time and was astonished at how 19th century it seemed.  Big books, big file cabinets.  All it needed were some guys at desks wearing green visor caps!

Jul 09, 2015 02:14 AM #11
Sussie Sutton
David Tracy Real Estate - Houston, TX
David Tracy Real Estate for Buyers & Sellers

What I got when I worked for a city was people who found a property's legal address for sell at a ridiculous price and buy not know where it was located or its restrictions, nor any issues it may have. Like access!

Jul 09, 2015 03:00 AM #12
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Hey Tammy Lankford I'd like to see a follow up post letting us know what people paid for this land back in the 60's and if it has any more value today 55 years later.

Jul 09, 2015 06:24 AM #13
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

A very interesting topic here Tammy. I remember the old saying, buy land, they are not making any more of it.

Jul 09, 2015 10:48 AM #14
Susan Mangigian
RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A - West Chester, PA
Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches

That's amazing!  I can't imagine owning properlty I didn't know where it was located!

Jul 09, 2015 10:57 AM #15
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Hi Tammy Lankford ,  That proves that we Real Estate Agents do more for the public than just take their money for doing nothing more than taking a picture of their home and posting it on the MLS for sale.  (If they only knew)

Jul 09, 2015 11:16 AM #16
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