According to the National Association of Realtors, 90 percent of homebuyers research homes online during the buying process. Conducting an online search is a great way to discover what North County homes are for sale as well as the history of homes that you’re interested in viewing. But with so much information online, how do you know where to start? Below are some of the best online resources we’ve found for learning more about a property that you may be interested in buying.
Search public records
You can find a wealth of information about a property by searching public records. The Public Records Online Directory allows you to connect to state and local websites including websites for the Tax Assessor and Recorder. By searching public records you can discover information about the home’s previous owners, property deeds, encumbrances on the home, and even lawsuits. You can also try searching online historical records of the local public library. Here you may find information about who built or designed the home as well as historical photos that may be archived.
Search the National Archives
Believe it or not, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) can provide information about the history of a home. They archive both land and genealogical records and their database contains more than 10 million records. They provide a complete guide to federal records – this is a great place to start your search. You’ll find everything here from land patents and case entries to farm ownership records.
Learn about the home’s design
Are you not sure of the difference between a Dutch and a Georgian Colonial? What makes a home contemporary instead of modern? And exactly what is a midcentury modern home? Is it different than a ranch-style home? Not every homebuyer is well-versed in the language of architecture. You can learn a lot about a home by researching the architectural style. See what clues the home’s listing gives you. There may be information about its architectural style in the written description. You can also get clues from photos of both the interior and exterior of the home. Then check online to see what style the home is. This can give you great information about when the home was built.
Let’s be honest – the quality of a home isn’t limited by what you find within its walls. It’s also affected by the neighborhood where it’s located. If you want to learn more about the North County communities we serve, then please visit our website. You’ll find valuable information about every neighborhood including schools, amenities, attractions, commute times, sales prices, and more.
Talk with the Clark & Gilman Team
While there’s so much information you can find online, talking with an expert real estate agent can give you even more valuable insights. Are you ready to learn more about North County San Diego homes for sale? Then contact the Cristine Clark & Jamie Gilman Team at 760-758-1211 or [email protected]. We’d love to help make your North County real estate dreams come true!