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Kathy, Home Buyer in orland aprk

How do I find what they previously paid for a house?

Asked by Kathy, orland aprk Tue Nov 13, 2007

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Hi Kathy,

If you are working with a Realtor, she can access the information for you if the sale was an MLS sale.

Otherwise, you can go to the Cook County Recorder of Deeds website and see the Deed info, which includes the purchase price and grantor/grantees, online: http://www.ccrd.info/CCRD/controller

If you don't have the PIN number, go here first to search for the PIN by address: http://www.cookcountyassessor.com/filings/searchflat//search.asp
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Nov 18, 2007
You can find that information in the public record at your town hall or county center (or online at their website), or ask a real estate agent.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Nov 13, 2007
You can check public records with the appropriate county or ask a Real Estate agent for assistance. They can give you the history of the property & like kind homes as well.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Dec 3, 2007
If you are purchasing in Orland Park, ask your agent, because Orland sits in the different counties, if the house is in CC then you can find it there, but if it is in Will C. then it is harder to publicly find on your own. In the mls, your agent can look up the tax and mortgage records for a property. Typically it will show any second mortgages, not always, so you can not always see from there. Zillow, as some people suggest, is not that acurate, even they admitted in a recent interview that they are correct less than half the time, except for in the Seattle area, and Orland is no where near that:):) In fact when I looked up my own personal house on there it had my house as me paying 100K less for it than I did. I looked up some of my neighbors as well, and it was off on all of them. So, even though they are supossed to go by public records, somehow they are messing it up. Anyway, the best way to go is to ask your real estate professional, we all have the back end quick access to find that for you.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Nov 30, 2007
The Chicago Tribune website will give you history in their transactions section. If you are estimating their equity position you may be off base. Soo many people have done cash our refinances to pay off other debts that you really need to know their current mortgage loan balance(s). That information may be available on township websites or whatever the appropriate county is for recording such liens.

Greg Zaccagni
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Nov 27, 2007
Hi Kathy,

This has been such a popular topic that I wrote a detailed blog post on it. Check it out at the link below.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Nov 27, 2007
Easiest way is to do a look up at the clerk of the court. Most of the time the mortgages are recorded and you can get the amount of the mortgage. I would also look at the tax records for the home so you can get the assessed values of the property.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Nov 14, 2007
whats the address - I might be able to help you if you like.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Nov 13, 2007
Hello Kathy.
When you work with a real estate agent, they can pull up the sales history of the house, in most cases. We pull this information, current area information as well as what is currently on the market and recently sold houses similar to the one our buyer may be interested in, in order to help determine an offer price.

We hope this helps! If you need any additional help, please let us know. Feel free to visit our website and register if you would like to view the entire MLS of Northern Illinois.

Good Luck!
Frank and Lorena
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Nov 13, 2007
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