If you purchased in 2005 on, chances are, there is relatively flat value growth. While you keep seeing agents say sales are up, prices are typically not. Again, I stress the number of short sales and pre-foreclosure activity because that's the indicator of value to come. These type of sales drive value down. I was showing homes in Rio Rancho last week and of the 8 we saw, 5 were short sales all within a 1 mile radius. A buyer will think twice about purchasing in an area where the value is declining...things that impact value...and the appraisal.
I think it would be a lot of work and money to get a real estate license for the ability to look at comps. What about training for appraisal work, you would have access to the comps then, it would cost less and you could get paid to use that knowledge!
Any time you need the value of your home or market reports please email me. Again there are no strings attached.
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As David Stafford had mentioned earlier, NM is a non-disclosure state. That means that you can't find through the county jurisdictions the actual price paid for a house when purchased. Other than contacting a REALTOR, you could hire an Appraiser and pay $450 for something that any reputable REALTOR would give you for free. We are supposed to be regulated by codes of Ethics which should prevent gratuitis behavior. But, such is human nature at times.
As the person from Marysville, WA mentioned (I used to live in Marysville), you could try Zillow. But, Zillow doesn't work here because NM is a non-disclosure state. Personally, I would like to see NM become a full disclosure state. It would make it easier for the general public to get info on values of homes without the hassle of having to contact a REALTOR. If someone wanted to follow up with a RELATOR, they could then choose to do so. There are many folks who don't chose to use a RELATOR, who buy and sell homes without a REALTOR.
If you want a FREE Market Analysis for a home, I'd be glad to give you one, no strings attached. My website is http://www.SearchHomesNM.com and my email address is Lynn@SearchHomesNM.com.
You may want to search sales on this site. If nothing comes up, call a couple of different realtors ini your area. They shouldn't charge you to do what is called a CMA. Your third option is to hire an appraiser. In my area this costs between $300 and $400.00.