Non-Creepy Ways To Stalk A Future Home

Non-Creepy Ways To Stalk A Future Home

Home buyers and renters can turn up plenty of information about their new home with just a little digging online. offers a few tips on how home shoppers canย scour the internet to discover more about a propertyโ€™s history before making an offer:

Look closer at the online listings.

Plenty of sitesโ€”like realtor.comยฎโ€”are available to help them search for properties. Many of these sites also track the propertyโ€™s listing history. Buyers will be able to see how much it sold for in the past compared to its previous asking prices and how long it has lingered on the market. These sites also provide snapshots of year-over-year changes in property taxes. Streeteasy allows visitors to search apartment buildings to find out what other units are renting for in the building.

Google it.

Google the address to see what turns up. Remember to check the news tab, too.

Check for any permit violations.

Many local governmentsโ€™ building departments offer an online database of building permits filed for renovations or changes to buildings. Itโ€™ll show which permits have been approved or issued. The building department also tracks violations against any properties. Sites like AddressReportย may also be able to turn up such information. Plug in the addressย and the site reveals construction projects and any violations that have been issued against the property or complaints reported.

Monitor hyperlocal sites.

Neighbors can be a wealth of information, and many are talking online. Sites like NextDoorย is a free forum for neighborhoods to talk about local events, real estate, crime, and more. Neighborhood groups are also increasingly popping up on Facebook. NeighborhoodScoutย provides a full report of the local real estate, demographics, school, crime, and home value trends of the area.

Make a bedbug check.

Apartment renters, particularly, may want to check out this registry. Theย Bedbug Registryย is a crowdsourced database that provides reports of buildings that might be have bedbug infestations. The registry also lists places nearby that have had infestations.

Research the landlord.

New websites are popping up that review landlords, such as Rate My Landlord,ย Review My Landlordย andย Whose Your Landlord. Aย building address will reveal any reviews posted from tenants.

Get more tips on useful sourcesย at

Source: โ€œ8 Ways to Scour the Internet to Learn About Your Prospective Home,โ€ (Nov. 30, 2017)

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Sabrina is a native Californian born and raised in the Silicon Valley with a passion for Residential Real Estate and writing. Sabrina is partnered with her mother in law Susan - together they have 35+ years local experience. A full time Realtor Team with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Drysdale Properties out of Redwood City. The Peninsula is our backyard - let us help make it yours. We represent Buyerโ€™s and Sellerโ€™s throughout the Bay Area. Effective. Efficient. Responsive. What can The Caton Team do for you?

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