Prop­erty an­ces­try

The Riverine Herald - Local Real Estate - - LOCALREALESTATE.COM.AU -

Who owned your house be­fore you? How much did they pay for it? What about 50 years ago (if your home is that old)? These are ques­tions of­ten asked by the pub­lic and, not un­like work­ing out your fam­ily tree, they do not have sim­ple an­swers, but there are a range of tools you can use to find out. One source is pub­licly avail­able sales records. Each week­end the sale price of most homes sold at auc­tion is avail­able at and in the news­pa­pers. If the sale hap­pened more than seven days pre­vi­ously and that is likely to be the case if you are try­ing to find out a home’s his­tory, then you can con­sult web­sites such as prop­er­ty­, where, for a small fee, you can search his­tor­i­cal sales records. This can be very use­ful for homes sold at auc­tion; how­ever, due to Vic­to­rian pri­vacy laws, the street or unit num­ber of homes sold by pri­vate sale can­not be dis­closed. An­other rich source of in­for­ma­tion is the Land Ti­tles Of­fice. The Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment al­lows you to search the pub­lic reg­is­ter of land ti­tles for a small fee. The ti­tle will tell you the de­tails about the size and lo­ca­tion of the prop­erty, the de­tails of en­cum­brances, who owns it and, im­por­tantly, if you in­tend find­ing out more, the date of the trans­fer. What the ti­tle will not tell you is how much was paid. So, not un­like trac­ing your per­sonal an­ces­try, there is no sim­ple an­swer or method to find­ing out your house’s his­tory; how­ever, you can find out a lot if you have the time and te­nac­ity.

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