Posted by Brad (CA) on September 11, 2003 at 18:45:53:
I was thinking of calling up the assessors and seeing if the data is difficult to obtain manually, so thats a good suggestion. I have a feeling it will be, because as you said, “Many assessor’s offices in CA have limited funding” and government employee’s are so nice and warm.
It’s not that $100 dollars is expensive, on the contrary I’d gladly pay more if the information provided was worthy of it. I dont have a problem with allocating money to be spent, but I do have a problem with spending money which has been allocated poorly.
Your a savvy player and I appreciate your insight on assessing properties ATOS and how the “paper files” may not be needed in many, if not most, cases. Prop. 13 does limit the need of assessors to continuously update their property information files doesnt it. A real estate agent here in San Diego told me that she had been working a neat angle with that in mind. Many times a granny-flat or what have you gets added on during the years, un-permitted of course. But when they want to sell, the appraisal turns up a different SF than the assessors office and there is no documentation to provide an explanation. Property drops from normal retail market and seller is going to be willing to listen to someone who is willing to pay all the crap that goes along with unpermitted additions.
Back to the main thread.
Realtor.com provides SF in their listings of Imperial Co. & addresses. The thing I was confused about is how they(Realtors) get that info and I cant buy it at $100/mnth. So maybe they’re all work crazy and spend their time at the assessors office everytime they list, or maybe they just listen to the homeowner… I dont know. OR maybe… they have some other means to obtain the information which I havent discovered yet…hmmmmm. Time to make some phone calls.
Final thought. I’m most likely going to get FARES or Data-Quick for the shear coverage. I’ll get all open market-transactions and some non, instead of the free sites which will maybe produce 1/4 - 1/3 of the transactions in their searchs. Just means that I get more work to do in addition to my $100 monthly fee. Sales prices are still sales prices even if I have to do 15 drive-bys the verify 'em untill I’m educated enough.