Daily Demolition Report: Rue Deliverance

Hello? I’d like to order takedown:


Commercial and Community Structures


Photo of 3713 Inwood Dr.: HAR

5 Comment

  • The Inwood home will surely be replaced with something nice and I’m not looking for a debate about demo/non demo.

    What I am curious about is the advantage of keeping one’s name off the HCAD record. Anybody know?

    And, I don’t think it’s an internal HCAD error, as HCAD does have access to that information. I’m thinking that the owner requests that their name not be released.

    And yes, I do realize that with a little research in the county clerk records, the name can be determined. What I’m wondering is WHY a buyer would want to be listed as “current owner”?

  • maybe it’s because people like you are looking for the information. some would call that nosy. why make it easy if you’d rather it not be available?

  • Pye: I changed all of mine to “Current Owner”. Well, most of them anyway. I’ve been lazy and haven’t changed some of the newer ones.
    Why? It cuts down a lot on mail. I can’t stand paper mail. Also, I didn’t like the fact that someone could search BY owner. If someone put in an address of my property and found my name that would be one thing. But I didn’t like that someone could put in my name (personal or company) and get a list of everything I own. Sometimes a little bit of privacy is a good thing.
    Also, I’d rather tenants not be able to get my full name and home address. I have property managers that should be their primary contact. Plus, since I bought some pretty “shady” places recently (and that’s being kind), and have been cleaning house, there are safety issues.
    A better question is why is the name/address of a property owner made public in the first place? Enough is made public already. It drives me nuts that when I buy a place I get 1000 letters from people with various services to offer, since the purchase is public. Or when I seller finance something I get 1000 letters from note buyers all sending the same canned bullcrap.

  • Cody,
    I can see where it would be preferable to stay under the radar if, like you, a person had multiple properties and personal or property safety issues.

    But, I don’t understand why a regular joe blow homeowner would request it when a title search will reveal that information anyway.

    Sure, there may be partnerships, company names and assumed names but ultimately, the owner can be found.

    I was just curious if there was a sure fire advantage to being “current owner” instead of “joe blow”.

    By the way, I’ve read enough of your posts here to know that you now own the apartment complex that I first called home when I moved back to Houston in 1966. It’s now one of your ‘shady’ ones but back then, it was nice. $99 a month, furnished and all bills paid.

  • PYEWACKET2, I’m a regular Joe, but I prefer not to have any curious coworkers or other people I know looking up the value of my home. Being listed as current owner makes it a little harder for those types to find out. As far as I’m concerned, what I own and its value can stay between me, the county clerk, and the taxman.

    But you don’t even need to go to clerk’s website to find out who owns it. On HCAD website, you can often find it right on the pdf of the last tax bill.