You can search the history of a home at the Onondaga Historical Association (OHA) downtown on Montgomery St or at the public library in the galleries. OHA has a fee for membership but it is definitely worth it, you will have full access to their archives. I learned great info on my last home on Rugby Road in Syracuse and can't wait to start researching my new home!... more
It sounds like you need a good buyer's agent who can guide you. If you ask, he or she can put together a market analysis showing what a good price range would be. Most of the time, your buyer's agent fee will be paid by the seller. If the seller isn't outright offering to do so, you can always ask if he will, or you can try to negotiate it with the contract.
All houses will need new kitchens, roofs, windows and doors at some point in time. Whatever you offer, you should understand that the price you offer should be based on what the property is worth now - not what it will cost to renovate it. Not all renovations or repairs are immediately recouped in the price.... more
Hi Emily! This is Kim O'Casey. I am an agent in Syracuse with Keller Williams Syracuse. Have you checked out the new book for first time home buyers, "Your First Home: The Proven Path To Home Ownership". It is a great source of practical info. If you go to: http://www.millionaireagent.com/msys/YFH.html, you should be able to find it. Or, send me an e-mail and I will send you a free copy. I have a ton of info. for first time home buyers. If you would like to have some
e-mailed to you, please let me know. I am happy to send it to you. Good luck! Kim... more