Where can I find public records of real estate sales history in my area to pull comps on my house?

Asked by Carrie Powell, Atlanta, GA Wed Sep 19, 2007

(I am attempting to do an informal appraisal of my own house for a potential refinance).

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Joshua Jarvis, Agent, Duluth, GA
Wed Sep 19, 2007
There are a number of sites (including Trulia) that pull from actual tax records. That's only part of the picture since Fulton is so dreadfully behind. Most local loan officers will have resources to do a "pencil" appraisal on your home if you request it.

The most accurate information will actually be at the county court where the tax records are stored (as there are many inaccuracies online).

Also, if you have a good Realtor friend, they might be willing to pull comparables for you as well.

Do a search for it on Google too! Here's what I found: http://www.fultonassessor.org
Hope this helps!
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Joan Vonnegut, , Miami, FL
Sun May 26, 2013
If you have access to your MLS system, MLS can be one of your source, and realtor.com also has some public data and data for realtors.

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Tony Mammato, Renter, Cortlandt Manor, NY
Sat Mar 30, 2013
how to find info on my house how many baths regestered bedrooms listed
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The Roskelly…, Agent, Gambrills, MD
Sat Nov 17, 2012
Hi Carrie,

The best and most definitive way to get this information is from a local real estate agent. They will often provide you with the information at no charge and you can ask them to send it via e-mail if you don't want further contact.

Most agents will also be happy to provide you with a complimentary market analysis which will help you further define your price.
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bpbarbie88, Home Buyer, Canton, OH
Sat Nov 17, 2012
need history of past owners
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Drabble, , Georgia
Sun Apr 15, 2012
What did the house on 903 Columbia Court, canton , Georgia sell for in 1991 when it was built?
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Kris, Both Buyer And Seller, 90290
Sat Jan 7, 2012
previous owners of my property were found in my title documents
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Princess, Home Owner, Jackson, NJ
Mon Nov 28, 2011
Where would I find a list of all the previous owners of my home?
I tried to archive it, but it only shows me the name of the people I bought it from. I want to know all the owners and the history of the house.
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Richard Schu…, Agent, Los Angeles, CA
Wed Mar 16, 2011
Most agents will be willing to provide you with a comparative market analysis (CMA) free-of-charge - they will look at sales comps along with condition of your house to determine an estimated market value, and will have the best resources for which to search and do this. Contact a local agent - you can find a great directory of agents in your area here on Trulia.

Richard Schulman
Keller Williams Realty
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Timum, Home Owner, Miami Beach, FL
Wed Mar 16, 2011
Your best option will be county's page for the sales/tax history of the property. If you have access to MLS, you can also pull the tax history from there..

Web Reference:  http://miami-realestate.net
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Carl H. Mart…, , Atlanta, GA
Thu Oct 11, 2007
Check with the government's tax records or hook up with a Realtor who will have access to a MLS which they can pull records from to see what homes sold for in a given area. Contact the agent on our team, Brenda Richterkessing at brenda@rkihomes.com she's fast to respond!
Web Reference:  http://www.rkihomes.com
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Jodi Thomas,…, , North Metro Atlanta
Wed Sep 26, 2007
Be careful Carrie - most web sites have great info if your looking for new homes but as far as accurate information on recent sales I would check with the county government's tax records. Some county's records are now online. Cobb, Fulton and Cherokee are available. You can contact me and I'd be happy to do a free tax record search for you. All I would need is your street address.
Web Reference:  http://www.townerealty.net
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Peter Larson, , San Diego, CA
Tue Sep 25, 2007
I would also say that you should turn to the Realtor or agent that helped you buy your home. Some of the internet stops like Zillow can use comps that are years old and not always the best indicator. Here is San Diego, the property values are changing by the minute and I would not even go back 6 months to come up with a value! Good luck!
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Tanya Puckett, Both Buyer And Seller, Atlanta, GA
Tue Sep 25, 2007
You can find this information by going to ajchomefinder.com and selecting the Recent Home Sales tab. There you can search geographically for recent sales that are similar to your house. I have not found zillow to be helpful at all.
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J Lo, Home Buyer, California Glory, Brentwood, CA
Wed Sep 19, 2007
Although the numbers are a bit elevated for todays market - zillow.com provides pop-up numbers on homes on their maps. You enter the address and the hybrid map shows you the neighborhood. You can even zoom in on your home - and see the prices for your neighbors.

A refi appraisal will be conducted by the lender - and typically they tend to be higher than an initial home loan. Don't ask me why - I'm not an appraiser - but since you are doing this for your own information - it would be a good resource for you.

Keep in mind, as I said, the refi lender will do their own - and base their numbers accordingly. Hope this helps somewhat, good luck to you. The feds did us all a favor yesterday - and hopefully by the time you get the process started it will make somewhat of a difference.

If you are seriously considering the refi you might want to wait until it trickles down - check with your mortgage broker to see when the best time will be!
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James Dudley, Agent, Suwanee, GA
Wed Sep 19, 2007
I would be happy to pull the comps. for your area and do a quick comparable market anaylisis for you. Feel free to contact me so I can get your property information. I can complete this task easily and send you a report to your e-mail.
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Diane Menard, Agent, Marietta, GA
Wed Sep 19, 2007
I would have to agree with all the answers that have been provided for you. Tax records although are known not always to be the most accurate, but are public records and can be seen on their city or town website or by going to your city hall. I would definately try to call the real estate agent that originally sold you the house if he/she is still available, I am sure they would be more than happy to help.
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Pam Winterba…, Agent, Danville, VA
Wed Sep 19, 2007
If you have a relationship with the Realtor who sold you the home they would be glad to pull comps for you as this is a service we provide to our clients.

Also, Cyberhomes at http://cyberhomes.com and Zillor at http://zillow.com will provide you a guestimate of value. They are not always accurate and many times can provide a distorted picture but will give you a range.
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Dana M. Gibby, , Butts County, GA
Wed Sep 19, 2007
Go to your county's website and look for the link to the tax records/accessor. Type in your name or address for the search criteria and some sites let you see the recent sales.
Web Reference:  http://www.VanguardSouth.com
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