Your house has an online identity, and whether or not you’re thinking about selling, you should know what it is. Here are some of my favorite reasons to Google your address, because you can bet buyers will!
|TO SEE IF MEGAN’S LAW REGISTRANTS LIVE NEARBY |
Safety first. Megan’s Law requires law-enforcement authorities to make information available to the public regarding registered sex offenders in their neighbourhoods. Googling your address and “Megan’s law” will turn up a quick list of nearby registrants.
|TO LEARN MORE ABOUT WHAT’S COMING TO THE NEIGHBOURHOOD |
Searching for your address, neighbourhood name, and city/state can help you locate permit applications-particularly true for permits that require environmental or neighbor feedback. This way you can know in advance about a new coffee shop coming around the corner, or a large, multi-year building project happening down the street.
|TO DETECT SCAMMERS TRYING TO RENT OR SELL YOUR HOME |
Internet scammers have taken to ripping off home information and putting together fake listings, offering other people’s homes for rent, or even lease-to-own. The home is listed for an extremely low price, then they ask the would-be-buyer or tenant to wire deposit money overseas.
|TO SEE WHAT NEARBY PLACES ARE SELLING FOR |
The value of your home is largely determined by the comparables (known as “comps”). Seeing what neighbours’ homes sold for will give you a ballpark idea of what your home may be worth, although a visit from a licensed agent is the only way to get an accurate assessment.