Are you buying a house? Want to make sure you don’t pay too much?
Or are you just curious and want to know what your neighbor paid for his house?
Well I have good news for you.
That information is public record.
You can find out what anyone paid for their house.
But you have to know where to look and it’s not always easy.
Step 1: Start with a Google Search
Where else would you start with research on the internet?
You need to find your local government’s tax assessor website.
Most of the time, this is county government.
In my example, I will use Fulton County, GA. That’s the county where Atlanta resides.
So I type in “Fulton County Tax Assessor” in Google.
It’s the first result in Google: “Fulton County Assessors Office – qPublic.net”
qPublic is the system a lot of governments use for their records.
I click that link and it takes me to the Fulton County page.
Step 2: Search the Property Records
On the Fulton County Assessors homepage, click “Property Records.”
From there, click the link that says “Click here to search Property Records.”
Now you get to decide how you want to search. Use what information you have to search that way.
If you know your neighbor’s address, use that.
So click “Search by Location Address.”
On the next page, you can enter what information you have regarding the address.
The qPublic search function can be difficult so you may have to play with it and put in less information than you have.
For this example, I type in “Lindbergh” because I know there is a Lindbergh Drive in Atlanta.
I click the “159 Lindbergh Drive” link which is owned by Robert Aaron & Judith Smith.
I don’t know who they are but they are the lucky ones I chose.
Step 3: Find the Price Your Neighbor Paid for His House
Now the fun part.
The link I clicked sent me to a page that looked like this:
This page gives me all sorts of great information from the year it was built to zoning.
If you scroll down to the bottom, you find out what Robert & Judith paid for their house.
Looks like they paid $239,600 on 10/21/1999.
Now that you are armed with this information, you can actually determine how much Robert and Judith owe on their house.
But that takes even more digging and is a lesson I will teach next week.
My teachers used to tell me that knowledge is power.
I didn’t believe them.
But they were right. Knowledge is power.
Knowing what people paid for their house arms you with information that most people didn’t know was public.
Use it to your advantage. Negotiate a better deal or avoid a bad deal altogether.
The choice is yours.
Did you look up how much your neighbor paid for his house?
If so, let me know how it went in the comments below.
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