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Deanna Deaven…, Home Buyer in Haverhill, MA

how often is public record data updated?

Asked by Deanna Deaven Monastiero, Haverhill, MA Tue Nov 19, 2013

8 Midland Circle, Andover MA public records on trulia show 2 bathroom and an unfinished basement. The records are data as of 8/2012. The Andover Public records website has data as 12/2012 and shows correctly 2.5 bathrooms and a finished basement. The info is over a year old.

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Should be update annually but clearly that is not always the case.

Good luck!

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Dec 12, 2013

The public records of the town are suppose to be updated annually. Whether they are posted in public domains correctly is another story.

Best to go to the town hall and view, or got to the towns web site and most have the assessors records. You can also go to Massachusetts registry of deeds for your county and view owners, liens, etc.

Louis Wolfson
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Nov 19, 2013
Hi Deanna,

As a general rule I would not use (other than for general sense but not accuracy) any property information found on these third party websites, nor their property values' estimators, as they are typically inaccurate (as you've already found out). I do not think that any experienced broker/agent would use property information found on third party sites like trulia or Zillow to market (selling or buying) a property. However, if you want this info to be corrected on Trulia you would have to contact their CS dept to see if they can correct it.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Nov 19, 2013
Seems the public records on Trulia are not updated more frequently than every two years.
Be aware, the information shown on Truila comes from Listhub. Listhub replaces agent originated data with what ever is found in their public records data base, not THE public records data base.
However, as an entertianment site, Trulia does very well. If you are in need of making a real estate decision, you would be well advised to abandon entertainment sites as a source of ANY data and promote yourself to the resources serious folks use...the local Multiple Listing Serivice. Any Haverhill, MA, Realtor will be happy to provide you FREE access.

Best of Success,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Remax Realtec Group
Palm Harbor, FL
Move to the Front of the Line
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Nov 19, 2013
Each city and town differ in how quickly info gets updated. Sometimes the problem with sites like Trulia. Zillow, etc. is the method they use to extract the data from the city/town websites. It could be that certain fields are coded differently and don't pick up info that is present. From Andover town records: Fiscal Year: 2013; Total Value: $534,500 Estimated Tax: $7,755.60. Hope this helps shed some light.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Nov 19, 2013
I am not sure but it is not unusual for the public data to be wrong and it needs to be verified.
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