To search for recent home sales by ZIP code, go to Realtor.com, select the Recently Sold search option, enter the ZIP code in the search field, and wait for a list of homes in that area to appear. Most listings include the square footage of the home, its number of bedrooms and its street address.
Zillow.com also allows users to search for recently sold homes by ZIP code. On the homepage, enter the ZIP code in the search field, and wait for a list of recently sold homes in the area to appear. Typically, Zillow users search for recently sold homes to determine a reliable starting price for their own properties.
RealtyTrac's website also allows users to search for recently sold homes by ZIP code. Users can input the code in the search field or choose a U.S. state in which to search for homes.
Homeowners often investigate recently sold homes to challenge appraisals of their own properties. Sometimes, appraisers present a number that is well below an asking price, which is often a deal-killer on purchase offers. When homeowners find out how much a home similar to their own has sold for, they get a more accurate appraisal of their property.