How Can You Find the History of Your House for Free?


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It is possible to view public facts about a home through Zillow. The Zillow website shows an aerial photograph of the house as well as details about current and past assessed taxes, sales histories and the house's value over the years.

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Public records are free and available to anyone seeking the information. Records available from eVerify.com reveal property owner names and contact information, the current and previous owners, property sales history and the last recorded sale price. Other records may include the assessed value of the property, any judgments and liens placed against that property, the demographics of the property neighborhood, a list of sex offenders living within that area, and satellite images of the house. Before getting started, it is necessary to know the house number, street name, city and state. In some situations, it helps to know the approximate age of the house before getting started.

In addition to online sources, local historical societies can sometimes help in gathering information about a particular house if it is within a national landmark area. The U.S. Census is another tool used in gathering information about previous residents of a home. As of 2015, the Census can trace the occupants of a house as far back as 1930.

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