When you are considering writing an offer on a home or property, it's important to find out as much as possible. That's why I've put links to all the public records in one place for you.
Permits issued by the city of Seattle appear here. You can check for permit and inspection records for homes with renovations or additions.
My secret: also look for gaps.
Sewer lines can run under a neighbor's yard or a busy street. A quick address search will show you sewer cards & maps can help you understand if a line may be difficult or expensive to repair.
Many Seattle area homes were originally (or may still be) heated with oil stored in underground tanks. This records search will identify if a tank has been on site, and if and when and how it was decommissioned.
Will a new building or renovation obstruct property views or change your enjoyment of a property?
This site can help understand how a street or cityscape may be transformed in the coming months & years. Search by address to see what's going up in your neighborhood.
This is where property sale history will show up, including who owns the property and records of financing.
When you buy your home, it is officially yours when the sale has been recorded.
What you'll need to search: the parcel ID (aka tax ID).
Public records can tell you a lot about a home. Review this information before you right an offer.
When you work with me, I'll bundle it all up for you with custom links and a Dropbox folder full of the info you need to know.
The full property profile available to real estate agents including agent notes.
Public records including tax & sale history, lot size, and property value ranges.
Must read sections of Exhibit A & Exhibit B Part II, exceptions were you find info like easements, tax liens and height restrictions.
Never skip the inspection
Inspections are non-invasive meaning a home is only investigate visually
Understand property history &
Some FREQUENT inspection PICKUPS are easily remedied, others are costly.
sewer scopes are generally objective and come with a video.
Moisture meters are you friend: detect the PRESENCE of water
When you start your home search, gauge your appetite for home improvements.
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