How to Find Out How Much a House Sold For
Published on JUNE 19, 2023 by ROB HASTINGS
CATEGORIES: Buyer Resources | First Time Home Buyer Tips
If you are curious about how much a house sold for in your neighborhood or in another area, there are several ways to find out.
Knowing the sale price of a house can help you estimate the value of your own home, compare different markets, or plan your next move. Or maybe you were involved in a house bidding war but lost out to another offer. Of course, you now likely want to know how much the buyer ultimately paid for the home.
In this article, we will explain how to find out how much a house sold for using different methods and sources.
The Easy Way: Ask a Real Estate Agent
The most reliable and accurate way to find out how much a house sold for is to ask a local real estate agent who can look up the house on the multiple listing service (MLS).
The MLS is a database available to agents who use it to list homes, find homes for sale, and share with each other the sold data for any property listed. The MLS data is updated frequently and contains information such as the sale date, sale price, property features, seller concessions, and more.
To use this method, you need to find a real estate agent who is willing to help (just a hint – that’s us). You can ask an agent you know personally, or you can search online for agents in your area. Some agents may offer this service for free, while others may ask you to sign up for their newsletter or website.
If you want to know what a home sold for in Northeast Florida, just email us.
The Hit or Miss Way: Use Online Websites
Another way to find out how much a house sold for is to use online websites that provide public records or home value estimates based on various sources. Some of the most popular websites for this purpose are:
Realtor.com: Realtor.com allows you to search for recently sold homes by entering the address, city, state, or ZIP code. You can also filter the results by price range, property type, square footage, lot size, year built, and more. You can see the sale date, sale price, property details, photos, and nearby sales for each listing.
Zillow: Zillows lets you search for any home by address or by drawing a map on the screen. You can see the Zestimate, which is Zillow’s estimate of the home’s value based on various factors. You can also see the sale history, tax history, property details, photos, and comparable sales for each home.
Redfin: This website offers a similar service as Zillow but with some small differences. You can search for any home by address or by using the map tool. You can see the Redfin Estimate, which is Redfin’s estimate of the home’s value based on hundreds of data points. You can also see the sale history, property details, photos, market trends, and nearby sales for each home.
These websites are easy to use and free to access. However, they may not always be 100% accurate or up-to-date as they are just syndications of the actual public records.
Likewise, these websites’ online estimators use different algorithms and sources to calculate home value estimates. Keep in mind that these websites have never been in your home or any other home.
Therefore, you should use these websites as a starting point or a reference only and not as a substitute for professional advice.
The Most Accurate Way: Check Public Records
The best way to find out how much a house sold for is to check public records at your local county property appraiser’s office or online.
Public records are documents that are available to anyone who requests them. They include information such as deeds of ownership, mortgages, liens, judgments, foreclosures, and more.
To use this method, you obviously need to know the address of the house you are interested in knowing a value as well as the county for which the home is located.
Next, visit the property tax appraiser’s website. The following are links to the property appraisers’ websites for the counties in Northeast Florida:
Duval County Property Appraiser Website
St Johns County:
St Johns County Property Appraiser Website
Clay County Property Appraiser Website
Nassau County Property Appraiser Website
Flagler County Property Appraiser Website
Simply enter the address and look for the most recent sale. These websites may take a day or two to show a sale, so check back frequently if you know a home sold but you don’t yet see a recent sale.
The advantage of this method is that it gives you access to official records that are verified and updated regularly. The disadvantage is that it may take some time and effort to find and obtain the records you need.
The Bottom Line - How to Find Out How Much a House Sold For
Finding out how much a house sold for can be useful for various reasons. Sometimes, it’s just out of curiosity.
You can use different methods and sources to get this information such as asking a real estate agent, using online websites, or checking public records.
Each method has its pros and cons, so you should choose the one that suits your needs and preferences best.
Remember to verify the information you obtain and always consult a real estate professional if you have any questions.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Rob Hastings is a top-producing real estate agent in Jacksonville, Florida and helps buyers, sellers, and investors of homes and property throughout all of Northeast Florida. He works with his wife Nancy as a husband-and wife-team with Keller Williams Realty Atlantic Partners. When not helping his clients navigate the real estate process, Rob enjoys working on old Corvettes and playing music (guitar and piano). A U.S. Naval Academy graduate and former Naval Officer, he also loves boating and simply spending time on the water.