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Understanding What Skip Tracing Is
Skip tracing is a process used to locate individuals who have gone missing, skipped town, or otherwise become difficult to reach. In the context of real estate, skip tracing can be used to find current or previous homeowners, landlords, or tenants who have moved or left without a forwarding address.
There are a number of reasons why a real estate professional might need to engage in skip tracing. For example, a property owner might need to track down a former tenant to collect unpaid rent or to retrieve abandoned property. A real estate agent might need to locate a homeowner in order to sell a property or to conduct repairs. Skip tracing can also be useful in the event of a mortgage default, when the lender needs to find the borrower to try and collect on the debt.
Tools and Methods for Skip Tracing
There are a number of tools and techniques that can be used to conduct skip tracing in the real estate industry. These include:
- Professional skip tracing services: In many cases, it may be necessary to use a professional skip tracer to locate an individual. These professionals are trained in tracking down people and often have access to specialized databases and other resources that can be helpful in the skip tracing process.
- Online databases: Many databases exist that allow you to search for individuals by name, address, or phone number. These databases can be a useful starting point for skip tracing, as they often contain a wealth of information about a person's history and current whereabouts.
- Social media: Social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn can be helpful in tracking down people, as they often contain a wealth of personal information and can help you identify mutual connections or other leads.
- Public records: Public records, such as property records and court records, can provide valuable information about an individual's past and present addresses, as well as any legal issues they may have had.
Skip tracing can be a time-consuming and often challenging process, but it is an important tool for real estate professionals seeking to locate individuals who have moved or become difficult to reach. SGPNOW offers this service and it can be found on our website here: https://www.sgpnow.com/products/skip-tracing