Re: Looking for comps online in IL. - Posted by Randy -IL-
Posted by Randy -IL- on April 27, 1999 at 23:48:47:
What part of Illinois are you from? For most of the state you won’t find any comps online. Or at least any significant quantity or quality.
Your best bet for finding comps is to get to know your realtor friends really well. They work knee deep in the stuff day in and day out. Ask to see their comp book and explain that you may be making many offers with their help and without proper research you can’t make good offers. That may gets someone’s attention.
Also, go to your courthouse and introduce yourself to your Assessor. In the assessor’s office is copies of property transfer tax declarations. The term they use is “green sheets”. These sheets have property ID numbers and sale info on them. For details on the property itself you’ll need to look on the Property Record Card (PRC). Your local assessor can show you how to find these forms in their office. The green sheets and PRCs are all public records. Be really nice to the staff in the courthouse and you’ll get anything you need. They may want to know why, you don’t have to tell them but I always do because I could use the free advertising.
Another way is to pay Realtor dues to join the local board of Realtors. Many boards allow membership to non-licensed persons. In some areas it gets kinda expensive so that may not be the route you want to take right now.
Just my $0.02,