The internet can be one of the best tools you can use when you are researching a property. First you want to check the building records and see if any rooms were remodeled. Next you want to check out google street view so you can see what the property and the neighborhood looks like. Lastly you want to look at the crime rate in the neighborhood and see how many sex offenders are around you.
- Nearly all public information and documentation is now available online, and most municipalities provide web access to building permit history.
- Street View provides a snapshot of a property at a particular moment in time, which can provide insight into the recent history of the property or neighborhood.
- A variety of crime reporting apps for mobile devices show on a map recent crimes that have been reported.
“Sorting through listings, photos, floor plans and descriptions is a great way to feel out the market for those who are in the earliest stages of the home search.”