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how do i find comps for a home without hiring a agent?

  • May 06 2010 - Stonewall
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Many agents will meet with you and go over your home's value and give you a complimentary CMA (Comparative Market Analysis) without you having to "hire" them or pay them anything.  Without a professional, you will likely have a more difficult time finding relevant comps and knowing exactly how to analyze them.

Good luck,

Richard Schulman
Keller Williams Realty
  • June 10 2010
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Please don't use Zillow for real life research.  Some of the data on this site is total off basis.  It's for information purposes and not decision making. 
Back to your question.
Call a local appraiser and tell him you would some comps for your home. Be sure to let him know what your plans are (quick sale, sale in 3 months, sale in 6 months).  You will not have the same value for each condition.

Goodluck!

New Orleans Lakefront Real Estate Agent
  • June 10 2010
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Are you looking to sell your home? or buy one and want to get an idea of what it should be worth?  If you are looking to buy, realize that almost all agents are paid out of the sellers proceeds, so bringing an agent in to help you find comps for a home that you are thinking about purchasing likely won't cost you a dime.

If you are selling, like the others before me suggested, you can use Zillow to find sales prices of homes in your area, and you can also use your local county assesors records as well.  Many counties have the records online.

Bottom line though, the real estate agent is your easiest way to find the information, and a good one will do a lot more for you than just look up comps and slap your home in the MLS.  Even in today's tough market, a good real estate agent can be worth their weight in gold.
  • May 06 2010
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One word of caution:  Zillow Zestimates are as current as the information they are able to access.  It would be far more beneficial to go to your local tax assessor's office and ask for recently recorded sales in your area.  By the way, an agent's market analysis won't cost you anything.  Most would just ask that if you try to sell on your own and are unsuccessful, you come back to them for listing your house.
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you can look for solds on zillow. Just search the area near your home then select the recently sold box.
  • May 06 2010
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You Can use Zillow!! It will show you homes sold nearby
  • May 06 2010
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