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Sources for Seattle Estate Home Sales?

What are the best ways keep abreast of newly listed estate sales in the Seattle area?
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But if you are thinking that this is a way to get a good deal, think again. Estates sell for pretty much the same as other homes and seller can be just as flexible or stubborn as any other seller.
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August 13
An agent or broker is going to be able to identify those properties for you. They will also have the most current status and up to date listing information. Best of Luck!!!
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March 21
Definitely use a real estate site as well as your broker to cross reference.
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March 21
Contact a Broker.  Brokers have access to more search fields that you would typically find on a customer-facing website.   Let me know if you want me to run a search for you!
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March 16

You might be able to tell from a broker site, at least in some cases.  if the broker site lets you search property descriptions, and if the listing agent has stated if the property is an 'estate sale' in the remarks, you can use the broker sites.  For example, here is that search for King County, using our company's website: http://properties.tellusre.com/idx/results/listings?tb=0&pt=1&idxID=a045&county%5B%5D=406&srtd=asc&srtf=listingPrice&aw_remarksConcat=estate+sale  The search returned 10 properties.  I imagine that quite a few other brokerage websites like those mentioned can do the same.  But as others have said, this depends on the public remarks stating it is an estate sale.  There are some 'agent only' remarks that might have comments that clue agents in, but as Kary noted, there is no search that will be 100% successful.  Good luck!

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January 10
I would agree about using one of the broker sites (e.g. John L. Scott, Winderemere, Redfin, etc.) rather than Trulia, Zillow or Realtor.com.  Those sites will have all the listings and up to date changes.  That isn't true of the third party sites.

As to your being able to just look for estate sales, I'm not sure there is a way that you can do that with any of the broker sites.  Estate sales don't typically require court approval, so other than the name of the seller or agent only remarks giving it away, I don't think you could tell from the broker sites.  Agents could typically tell, but even that would be somewhat more difficult than say looking for a short sale, where it's a database entry in the system.
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January 07
Hi there,
If you're asking about estate homes where the seller is a representative of the estate…for example: the "estate of John Smith", where the family or an attorney is making the decision on which offer is accepted - then the easiest way to specifically search newly listed Estate home sales is not going to be Realtor.com or Zillow…it'll be through a real estate agent who can specifically search for those properties. I most often do searches like this for investors that are looking for rental properties or homes to flip. 

If you're simply looking for the best source of newly listed properties in general…again, that's not going to be Realtor.com or Zillow.com either. I promise, I have nothing against either site (I actually help support both!)…but neither are tied directly to the MLS in the Seattle area (the most accurate source of current listings). They will have some (maybe even most), but not all of the properties available. Again, working with an agent who has access to the MLS can help set up the most accurate and comprehensive search. The second best source will be any one of the brokerage websites in the area as they do get their listings fed directly from the MLS. 

Best of Luck!
Ryan Halset, Realtor
Seattle Magazine, Best in Client Satisfaction
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