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    Default Viewing Closed Transactions

    Is there a way for a non-realtor to view closed residential and land transactions?

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    Default Re: viewing closed transactions

    what specifically are you looking for?

    Typically, the contracts are not of the public domain and you haved no legal right to access them. If you are looking for something specific, there are often certain specifics that are accessible.

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    Default Re: Viewing Closed Transactions

    Hi - not looking for personal info on the buyer, etc. - just the original listing price, price the property sold for, and days on market.

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    let me go back to your original question.

    Yes, there is. Make good friends with a Realtor and bribe if neccessary. Plying with alcohol often has the same affect.

    What you seek is difficult to come by simply because the time on the market and the original listing price are often only available to the parties of the contract. Even the stats MLS maintains are often merely compilations of the totals of a given area.

    The sales price may be able to be obtained from the county recorders records. In my state, it is not required to include the sales price on certain records that are accessible but for tax purposes, are required on other records that are not available to the general public without legal action.

    HUD maintains records but they are also generally compilations.

    The other problem is that by the time any of this is recorded in an acessible database, it is often too old to be used for much and as such, its worth is lessened.

    It would be easier to find personal info on the buyer.

    btw RealtorŪ is a registered trademark of the NAR. There are other real estate agents that are not RealtorsŪ

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    Default Re: Viewing Closed Transactions

    Quote Quoting skeezer
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    Is there a way for a non-realtor to view closed residential and land transactions?
    Call the County Recorder's Office and see what information is available to the public. Ask where you might receive copies of information you are seeking that is also public information or if you can view it on their website.

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    Quote Quoting deadlock
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    Call the County Recorder's Office and see what information is available to the public. Ask where you might receive copies of information you are seeking that is also public information or if you can view it on their website.
    hmm, sounds like an echo in here. Maybe somebody should be a bit more original.

    from my post:

    The sales price may be able to be obtained from the county recorders records.
    the time on the market and the original listing price are not itmes that would be included in the counties records as they are irrelevent to any function they provide. There are groups that collect that data as available but it is limited.

    Since the only party that would be aware of the other info are those parties involved in the transaction, unless you have access to their data records, it would not be available to you.

    As well, listing prices are often nothing close to what the value of a house was. There are many reasons to publish a price different than the actual value of a property. Typical situation would be a land speculator that believes the land he holds is going to be worth a lot more than the current market values it to be due to expansion or other improvements that may be coming to the area. If they convince a buyer of that possibility, they may bite but just as the tag says, they are speculating.

    As well, a house is often underpriced to cause a quick sale due to a pending foreclosure, a job transfer, or even huge med bills that the seller deemed the most effective manner to raise capitol would be to sell the house.

    Sometime the RE agent is simply just wrong.

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    Default Re: Viewing Closed Transactions

    thanks jk - excellent!

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