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phoebe33764

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Does anyone know if the state of Texas makes sales information public?

I am pondering moving there and am curious how Texas Appraisers gather and confirm their info. Please advise. Many counties in Florida have user friendly county property appraisers office info online. I can't seem to find any data in Texas for determining how one would research a property's prior sale(s).
 

Stephen J. Vertin MAI

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Texas is non-disclosure unless it has recently changed. In the commercial market you make alot of telephone calls to confirm sales. MLS is most likely available on the residential side.
 

Roy Courtney

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It has not changed. Texas is non-disclosure. Our local M.L.S. prohibits any member from giving a copy of any listing to any non member. The M.L.S. member can be fined or lose their access if caught providing this information.
You cannot get the information from the appraisal districts or title companies either. LOL...Welcome to TEXAS!
 

Workbox

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Yes, it is a non-disclosure state, but I think they are data mining and selling it to AVM's.

Stewart Title is a big title company, but is contributing to AVM's. http://www.magellanls.com/partners.html
 

Restrain

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In rural areas, it's monthly trips to the local realtor's offices.
 

farmguy

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RStrahan

That's the fun part. The only thing better is to be locked in the vault in Real County Clerks office at noon. The clerk comes in and says she is going to lunch. Anybody turning pages is welcome to stay but the vault door is locked till one.
 

timd354

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RStrahan

That's the fun part. The only thing better is to be locked in the vault in Real County Clerks office at noon. The clerk comes in and says she is going to lunch. Anybody turning pages is welcome to stay but the vault door is locked till one.

I hope that the building never catches fire when you are locked in the vault!
 

phoebe33764

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Wow. Thanks to all who have responded. I appreciate the insight and maybe I will stay put.
 

Roy Courtney

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I am aware of one county in Texas with two appraisers. These two appraisers used to work together and are still good friends. This county has a fairly low population count and there is no M.L.S. system. These two appraisers have all the sales data and do not share with outsiders

So when the AMC's call wanting fast turn times and low fees these appraisers really have fun playing them. As far as I know the AMC's evently go away and the lender hires one of these appraisers directly for full fee. Or so I was told! Puts a smile on my face!
 

farmguy

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tmd, there was a phone. If there was an emergency we could call. No cell phone work in vault. Of course cell phones don't work well in Real county anyway.

I used to work South and West Texas alot. Spent many an hour flippin pages in the 80's. I still prefer books to computers. Something about the feel of a 30 pound reverse index.
 
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