Recently moved to Florida and there's vacant land next to my house I'm interested in buying, but I have no clue who owns the land. How do I go about finding out who owns it? Who do I contact?
Florida has very liberal public records laws that also apply to all counties (which are considered an extension of state government). Each county has a property appraiser who would have records of all properties in the county. Many even post this info online in a searchable database. This will give you the property address, legal description, and mist important of all owner's name and mailing address. You could also check with your county clerk or clerk of courts for the latest warranty deed on the property, which could also give you that info.
How do you find out if a vacant land you want to purchase already has utilities installed?
I think you can pull records for the city to see what developments have occurred on the property. In Colorado, they are really transparent on the information they provide on the internet. Check your state for online property records with your City clerk’s government site or call and ask if there is internet access: otherwise you have to go to the City Clerk’s office.