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How the history of a house can affect home sales – and how to find out more about your new home
One of the thoughts this reporter had upon reading the tragic case of April Jace was that the home listed at 5445 Brynhurst Avenue in the Hyde Park section of Los Angeles, California, would be forever marred by the tragedy. For those that know the history of the home, it will be a tough sell – sort of like the home at the center of the O.J. Simpson trial, a residence where no one would generally want to live.
So how do you find the history of your property? Here are a few tips:
#1 – Find an honest real estate agent, and ask them
Websites like Rate My Agent, which help homebuyers search from thousands of real estate agents in Australia, also have plenty of clones in the United States that can assist purchasers in locking down a qualified agent based on the customer reviews of others who’ve actually availed themselves of their services. In doing so, you can find a great realtor who will answer honestly when you ask them the backstory of a home you’re considering buying, which is what they’re required by law to do.
#2 – Google the home address in quotes
Another method of discovering any home history that might be public record is to place the address of the house or property in quotes in Google’s search engine, in order to get an exact match of specific published happenings surrounding the property.
For example, typing “123 Cherry Lane” in Google with the double quotes as shown will reveal every web page that mentions that address exactly. If the street name is quite common, it helps to add the city and state name outside of the quotes during your search. Keep in mind that variations of the address – such as “123 Cherry Ln” – might exist, so it helps to be thorough in uncovering any good or bad news reports, foreclosure information, etc., about the home.
#3 – Ask the neighbors!
Don’t shy away from visiting anybody in the neighborhood who looks like they’ve lived in the area for many decades, explaining that you’re considering buying the home for sale. You might discover things about the previous occupants of the house that no one else could reveal to you.
#4 – Join the NextDoor app
A popular app that I love using ever since I saw it featured on ABC’s 20/20 is called NextDoor, one that is very helpful in uncovering what’s really going on in your neighborhood – or potential new living area. I love lurking in the background, reading updates from my neighbors about everything from trash removal, good contractors, crime prevention and more.
Download the free app from iTunes and use it to muscle your way into a prospective neighborhood to try and unveil anything you need to know about a house for sale that you’re thinking of making your new home.
While all of the above tips may seem like a lot of research, they are worth it to ensure the home you’re considering making your dream abode is one where you’ll be happy for years to come.