Hi John, According to the guy at the window, He said people like him and me (an investor)cannot buy it. So I asked him why and his answer was that its going to an institution, he didn't elaborate on it. I thought like you,that I could buy the lean. I found out on that particular property that the owner died and its been vacant for 2 yrs.
The other two homes, I called the offices of the lawyers who handled the last transaction on the deeds according to the city records on line. One number was disconnected and the other I spoke to a nasty Lawyer that wouldn't give me a straight answer. That one I would imagine the original lawyer has passed because the transaction was done in 1968 and he asked me how im connected to the original Lawyer.
Thanks for answering