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how do you find out the history on a house

  • January 12 2014 - Bayview
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Hi HughBynum,

What kind of history are you looking for? Are you looking for past purchase prices, old pictures, building permits issued, pest inspection (termite) reports, the name of the home builder, etc.? If you can be more specific I'm sure someone could assist you.
  • February 04 2014
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There are a couple of things you can do:

1.  Contact a neighborhood realtor and ask them to find out what they can regarding the history of the home. The problem may be the realtor won't want to take liability for disclosure items if they are not representing the buyer or the seller. The realtor can check the multiple listing service for the history of any past sales and printouts of the listing data. Sometimes the remarks section of a listing can be very interesting.

2.  Check with the neighbors around the house. Who knows better what goes on in a neighborhood than the neighbors. If you choose this route you may have to explain the the neighbor why you are asking about the property. Most people like to talk but some will want to know why do you want to know.

3.  Check with the City Zoning department to see what records they might have regarding the home.

4.  Check with a title company and ask for a Property Profile. This is a free service title companies offer and they include a copy of the plat map (which shows lot sizes), trust deeds or mortgages on the property, and many also include a history of title transfers since that is a public record.

If you make an offer on the home and it is accepted, the seller will have legal obligations to also tell you what they know about the house.
  • January 12 2014
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Contact your local realtor.  If you give them an address they will be able to give you more information on the house you're interested in.
  • January 12 2014
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