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Creekgirl12, Both Buyer and Seller in Stafford, VA

What is the most reliable source for me to find recently sold home prices in my area. I have found some

Asked by Creekgirl12, Stafford, VA Thu Jul 3, 2008

sites, but many are connected to a realtor who wants to set up an appointment before they'll give me the info.

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I have a short version, and a long version with explaination:

1. Short version - call up agents and be upfront and say you are just looking for information, not a meeting at this point in time, and ask if they wouldn't mind giving you some free information on home sales in your particular area. If they say ok, then there you go. If they want to set an appointment, say thanks but no thanks.

You could also call the public tax records office and if you have the addresses of the homes you are interested in, they can usually mail, email or fax you the sale information.

That office contact information is:

Stafford County Commissioner of the Revenue
P.O. Box 98
Stafford, VA 22555

Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm

Phone: (540) 658-4132 FAX: (540) 658-4120

realprop@co.stafford.va.us

http://staffordvapropertymax.governmaxa.com




2. Long version-


The most reliable source is the information from MRIS (which also links up to tax info), metropolitan regional information system. It is the system that the agents in Stafford county use to input the sold information. (MRIS goes as far south as Caroline county, and also covers DC and Maryland)

Agents pay quarterly fees to access this system as members to be able to input information for all other agents to access. MRIS then turns around and sells this information to other 3rd party sites such as zillow.com, realtor.com and of course trulia.com.... which then charges the agents to become 'featured agents' ... so really agents pay to put in the information in a big pot, the owners of the big pot sell the information to other companies, who then charge the agents to get leads from their sites. So really all the information is connected to the agents in some way.

The good news is, all agents aren't sleezebags and crooks. Many, hopefully even most, are actually interested in helping people like you find the answers they need. The idea is if they help you enough for free, when it comes time to buy or sell and you need some professional help, you will consider using their service so they can make some money. Even if you don't, maybe you will remember how nice and helpful they were when you know of someone else who needs help.

A quick and informative CMA for a particular are (say 2-3 mile radius of your home) of recent sales could take a good agent as few as 5 minutes of actual work. So they really shouldn't have much problem with helping you.


I hope this was useful information

Good luck with your sell and purchase
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jul 5, 2009
If an agent won't give you information, move on. I send out CMAs quite often and like to follow up with an appointment, but if the seller isn't interested I don't withhold the information. Some of the information in a CMA makes more sense with an explanation. I use public tax records, but quite often they don't reflect additions and improvements. Current active listings are also interesting, but what has gone under contract and actually sold is much more important.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 30, 2008
Contact a local Real Estate in your area and ask them to email you a Comparative/Competitive Market Analysis (CMA). They should be able to do this based on the address of your property. This CMA will give you the information that you'll need to make an educated decision of what's selling in the neighborhood, what has sold, at what price and how many days did it take those properties to sell. These are valuable tools for you to use to determine the price at which you want/need to list your home at - to sell.
Web Reference: http://www.caltexrealty.net
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jul 3, 2008
You're gonna love me... I don't work in Stafford, but I can refer you once you're ready to find someone, I do know some great agents there. In the meantime, I have the COOLEST gadget on my web site - it's called a market snapshot. It's on the left, near the margin, about halfway down.

Don't be shy, log your info in - it only comes to me and I don't bite or do anything terrible with the info. The snapshot is generated monthly, or you can get more frequent updates, and it is all automated. After looking at it, feel free to call me to discuss. I don't mind. I do this for a living because it's what I love to do... and sometimes I even get paid for it! :-)

On the bottom of the page on the left is another cool gadget that will show you cheap gas prices in your area. You could probably use that, too, huh? There's lot of cool stuff on my web site - use it all you want, it's there for you!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jul 3, 2008
Public Records is the most up to date. You should check with your local court house. I'm now in your area or I'ld be happy to give you this information
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jul 3, 2008
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