Q: Is there a way for me to know how much to offer a homeowner without going to the property?
A: When determining a blind offer for purchasing a homeowner’s property, it is best to gather as much information about the site from online sources. It is recommended that you do a google search of the address and look at google street view to make sure there is actually a property there. Also, use the tool to see the condition of the neighborhood.
Zillow.com, Trulia.com, Eppraisal.com are great sites to get some information and estimates of the value of the homeowner’s property as well as comps. You can also visit your online county website to gather the owners names, addresses (if they are absentee owners) and tax assessment information.
These are great ways to get a broad idea on a blind offer to a homeowner but this information will not let you know the condition of the property. The online pictures may be up to 10 years old, the property could have had a fire or the home could have been remodeled in the last few years. It is hard to determine an offer without knowing the repair costs which could range from minor cosmetic repairs to major reconstruction.
If you want to get the best estimate without you personally going to the property, you could hire someone to go to the property. They can take some pictures for you and possibly talk to some neighbors to get some info regarding the area. It is best to get some hard evidence to arm you for negotiating the best potential deal that can benefit both you and the homeowner.
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