How do you find the history on a house?

Asked by Cindy, Morehouse County, LA Thu May 5, 2011

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Bill Eckler, Agent, Venice, FL
Thu May 5, 2011

Are you speaking of the sales history or real story of the home....history?

Over a period of years, we renovated a circa 1830 "saltbox" home in upstate New York and found one of the benefits of doing this work personally was collecting information and really coming to know the home in terms of construction phases, use of materials, and the best part finding letters, a family Bible, newspapers, musketballs, bottles, carpenter's notes written on a cedar shake, etc. that had fallen into an open wall from the attic. Some of the material was well in excess of 100 years old.

The local library is a great place to begin your investigation.

Good luck,

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Monika Edwar…, Agent, McLean, VA
Thu May 5, 2011
Once again your best bet is to call a Realtor who will have access to the local listing service. The local listing service has data features which will permit an agent to see if the home has recently been resold and what the sales price was at time of sale. Some homes have been listed several times and perhaps taken off the market for a while and then relisted; if that is the case, that property history will likely be available on the local listing site. Another source of financial information is the local tax assessment--the Realtor can generally find that online and you may be able to do that as well in the local city/county tax records. What detail is available depends on what kind of history you are seeking--if it is personal information about owners, etc., that may not be so readily available, but it's always best to deal in data rather than opinion or at least opinion backed up by data!
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