The easiest way is to hire your own buyer's agent. As you probably know, every seller hires a listing agent ("seller's agent") to represent the seller's interests. Likewise it's always advisable for you as a buyer to hire a buyer's agent, to make sure you have an agent with undivided loyalty.
Alternatively, you could drive by and see if the listing agent has a sign out. If there is no sign, it may no longer be for sale. Unfortunately this is a common problem with Trulia and Zillow. But you can use the search tools on my website to get the most up-to-date listings. My website pulls directly from the Capital Region Multiple Listing Service, so it will be as current and accurate as the MLS. http://search.monticellonys.com/idx/12856/basicSearch.php
Anything else, feel free to contact me.
Alexander H. Monticello, Esq.
Principal Broker &
You did not specify a property, but it doesn't matter because the only way to get an accurate assessment of the mechanical, structural, electrical, and plumbing conditions is with a thorough home inspection.
As far as taxes, the only way to lower the property taxes is to lower the assessed value of the taxing authority. To do this, you must protest the value and show up to any scheduled informal or formal hearing with substantiating proof that the assessed value is too high. Typically, comparable properties of a lower market value is a good route, along with photographs if the home is distressed. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. In my local area, I know an investor that lost at both an informal and formal hearing and had to take legal action to have some of his properties re-assessed. If it gets to that point, it could become costly.
Darrell D. Drouillard
Home Team of America
16719 Huebner Rd., Bldg 4
San Antonio, Texas 78248