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Data Sources For York County Sc

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AGRE

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I am an apprentice appraiser and my supervisor has asked me to research what data sources are available for York County SC besides the MLS and the county. I know in other parts of the country there are other services available are there others in York county? Are there sketches available online? Sorry if I am not asking the questions correctly I am just starting in the business. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!! Adam
 

Terrel L. Shields

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Prolly get moved to the SC forum...but don't be afraid to ask. I know I found out about sources I didn't know about in a county next to me, and use it since it is cheaper and less paper consuming than the one I used for years. Some counties don't have pix on line some don't have sketches. But look into the county website and see if they have a GIS site, it may link to the assessor. Does the MLS link to Realist in that county? Ask at the county assessor and clerk office about someone presenting compiled sales records, etc. Deeds and Mortgages are excellent confirmation of terms of a sale.
 

EddieB

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When I started 20 yrs ago, York County was the most backwards county in my area by far. I would plan for an entire day of traveling between gov't buildings, sorting thru piles and piles of actual 6x8 property record cards, sneezing constantly, getting hearsay sales info from everyone including the homeless. Tax data so old, we'd have to measure most of the comparable sales. Oh the good times though and tons of stories.

After all my reminiscing, sorry I don't have any good sources for you. Except to say that what you will learn from this will most likely be your best training. Don't take shortcuts.
 

Thomas Holding

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If there are not any other sources of data than the MLS and county tax records, you might try asking the county tax or appraisal dept. what information that they do not readily make available to the public on either their web site or GIS page. I work for the tax office in a relatively small county. We collect lots of data that is not available on the county website, however if asked, we will provide it if possible (It cannot violate privacy laws). Remember, this is public data anyway paid for by the taxpayer and subject to disclosure laws. You might be charged for the time it takes a county employee to assemble the requested data, but usually, a county will work with you if their CAMA software makes it relatively easy to export the data. Many times, what you think is the tax card for a property is really just an abstract of the actual card. Always ask for the actual tax card for a property if it is not available on the website because it usually contains a wealth of information if you know how to read them. Most counties also have timely very high resolution aerial photography from all 4 sides of every parcel in the county. It's how we find improvements that have not been disclosed by the property owner. This is usually not available on the GIS site except for the direct overhead view. Sometimes this aerial photography goes back for decades. Many counties will let you download the entire plat database from a link. They do this so that Google, state agencies, and other data users won't constantly bother them for it. You could request this yourself but you will need the correct software to view it. Look into getting ArcView. It's pretty expensive software, but it's amazing what you can do with it. Counties will NOT provide any income or expense data for a particular property due to privacy laws so don't bother asking. Many times they will provide confirmed sales data of commercial and residential properties (Sale price less any adjustments for personal property or other factors). Most counties send letters to the participants involved when a property sells. Ask if their confirmation codes are printed on the actual tax card and learn what those codes are. Many times, building permits along with the permit date, value, and what the permit is for is included on the tax card. You can use this to tell when a home was renovated or if other improvements were made after a sale. It also usually shows when the property was last physically inspected by the county and what type of inspection was made. Find out what improvements the county picks up and which ones actually effect value. Some counties don't pick up walkways or bulkheads for example, other do and put a dollar value to it. Most counties will post their appraisal guidelines or manual online which will show you how to read the actual tax card. Ask to get a copy. Be courteous and you might be surprised at how much usable information you can get.
 
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