Skip Tracing for Real Estate Investors
Setting the record straight about skip tracing for real estate.
As a real estate investor you want to find and contact property owners. When you learned how to do real estate investing someone probably told you to use skip tracing to find the property owners on your list. In fact, that may the reason you’re reading this page right now. We’re going to set the record straight.
Skip tracing is not for finding property owners.
Skip tracing is what private investigators and law enforcement use to track down deadbeats and criminals.
People search is for finding property owners.
When you want to find phone numbers and addresses so you can contact property owners, you’re doing people search, not skip tracing, and it’s people search tools that you need.
What skip tracing really is.
When you Google “skip tracing” here’s what comes up: “Skiptrace (also skip tracing, or debtor and fugitive recovery is the process of locating a person’s whereabouts. A skip tracer is someone who performs this task…The term “skip” (as a noun) refers to the person being searched for, and is derived from the idiomatic expression “to skip town”, meaning to depart (perhaps in a rush), leaving minimal clues behind to “trace” the “skip” to a new location.”
“Skip tracing tactics may be employed by a skip tracer, debt collector, process server, bail bondsman or bail agency enforcer (bounty hunters), repossession agent, private investigator, lawyer, police detective, journalist, stalker or by any person attempting to locate a subject whose contact information is not immediately known. Similar techniques have also been utilized by investigators to locate witnesses in criminal trials.”
You’re not doing skip tracing.
You’re a real estate investor. You’re not a skip tracer. You’re not trying to find a nefarious character or someone on the lam. You’re not trying to find someone who owes you money, serve someone divorce papers, put someone in jail, or repossess a car. You’re not hiding around the corner waiting to get some dirt on someone. You’re not doing any of this. You’re trying to find a customer. You need a service made for a business, not a bounty hunter.
You’re doing people search.
People search is what small businesses, like yours, are doing when they search public records information to find a customer’s current phone number and a mailing address, and then make contact with them by phone, text, and direct-mail. It’s a proven business method for real estate investors and many other kinds of small businesses.
BellesLink is a people search platform for real estate investors.
BellesLink combines credit bureau-level public record searches and batch people search with a phone & text system so you can quickly find the right phone number and contact the right customer. Our case manager CRM helps you keep track of your work. It’s what real estate investors need to find and contact customers.