Find home sale price after 40 yrs
March 22, 2011 8:27 AM   Subscribe

How can I find out what price a certain home sold for — 40 years ago? FWIW, it's in Atlanta, Fulton County GA.
posted by LonnieK to Home & Garden (6 answers total)
The notary who helped us when we bought our house gave us a file that detailed all transactions for the last 40 years or so (the age of the house). All details are in: sales contracts with names of buyers and sellers as well as prices, dimensions of the house and land, etc. Hire a notary?
posted by ddaavviidd at 8:35 AM on March 22, 2011

The Georgia Registrar of Deeds has online searchiness.
posted by Rock Steady at 8:37 AM on March 22, 2011

Was it the last sale?
The Assessor's Office has records of values and sales. It looks like they only keep record (online) of the the last sale and the amount it was sold for.
Some are deeds are available online for a fee.

You may have to go in person.
posted by KogeLiz at 8:42 AM on March 22, 2011
posted by chasles at 8:51 AM on March 22, 2011

ddaavviidd has it. That's how it works in San Francisco, too.

In S.F., if you aren't the owner of the house, you'll need written permission from the owner to access the records. You have to go in person to City Hall and they'll show you the file. It contains all the sale transactions relating to that lot and the house/s on that piece of land.

It cost $3 to get photocopies a couple of weeks ago here, so I'm guessing it'll be similar in GA.
posted by vickyverky at 10:43 AM on March 22, 2011

You don't need a notary, you need a title researcher. Basically these are people who know the way a given county's records are organized and how to go through them, especially before the immediate modern era. A lot of current records are computerized, but older records generally are not. If you're able to be there in person and are diligent, with a lot of time, though, there's no reason you can't do it yourself.

But in general these are public records available to anyone. If you want, you should be able to follow a property record all the way back to the original land grant, although there has been an unfortunate trend to discard really old land records. Our county saved theirs only after a special appeal from the historical society. They were literally already in the dumpster.
posted by dhartung at 12:07 PM on March 22, 2011

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