The first is through a realtor typically they will know what is available or who to contact about specific off market sales. There may be a realtor who specializes in sales in the building you are looking at, or who can find out for you.
The second way if you are looking for properties that may have sold that are not listed is through the county recorder's office or a title company. All purchases even off market will have a trail as to who the new purchaser is and you can often times back end into the purchase price from the tax assessors office by using the current property tax rate.
The third way is the MLS will sometimes collect the off market information after closing and mark it as an off market transaction.
Best of luck.
Gregory J. Bryan
GB and Associates
Cell (415) 640-4341
Jason Walter, CPA
A lot of informed answers below, but I think the takeway has to be that you need to be working with a strong Realtor in the area. Beyond that, know that it is beneficial to have your lender take a look at your preferred building or complexes. By doing that, we can assess if conventional financing will be possible when you ultimately locate the unit you desire. A little bit of work up front can save a lot of headache later on. RPM has a great reputation for getting condos financed in the city and we'd be happy to help if you've not settled on a lender.
Lance R. King â€“ Broker/CEO
King Realty Group
BRE # 01384425
415.722.5549 - Cell
I would echo what my fellow Realtors are saying that your first stop should be with an experienced Relator who specializes in the area/street on which you're looking. I can't speak for all companies, but I do know where I work at Vanguard Properties there is a very collaborative and open environment when it comes to off-market and pocket listings. This gives me and my brother (and business partner) first hand access to some of the best listings in the city from some of the best agents. I'm always happy passing along any and all the information I have to clients who may be interested in a particular off-market listing.
The real key is finding someone who you connect with, and can trust throughout the buying process so speaking with one or more Realtors until you find a good fit can be a good strategy to employ as you two will be working closely together throughout the process. I hope this helps, and please feel free to reach out with more information, and I would be more than happy to assist you in any way that you need!
All the best and good luck with your search!
Realtor, Vanguard Properties
Often agents are notified of off market listings through colleagues or relationships they've fostered with other brokers in the area. My recommendation would be to contact an agent and discuss with them exactly what your looking for and if they're aware of units in the respective building your considering.
You'll want to keep in mind that a vast majority of sellers prefer to market there properties on the MLS as this will garner them the highest pool of buyers.
Elva A. Wormley
C2 Financial Corporation
2845 Moorpark Avenue, Suite 209
San Jose, CA 95128
NMLS #331981 / DRE #01274093
Best of luck
Zephyr Real Estate
BRE No. 01188380