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Search for Sold Homes

Bryan Selner
posted this on December 2, 2012, 2:58 PM

Redfin Shows the Most Sold Homes

Redfin is one of the first sites to give you real-time information on what's selling. Drawing on data from the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) that real estate agents use to record sales, we get the details on a closing within minutes, not months. And we get the information you really need to analyze the sale, showing the same photos, price history, and property details used to market the listing. Now you can see what an agent sees when preparing a comparative market analysis. When we don't have information on sold homes from the MLS, we get the data from public records.

A recently sold home on Redfin  

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Why Do I Need to Register?

You need to register because many MLSs require us to register you before we can show you data about recent sales; in some cases we have to take the additional step of verifying your email address. Redfin complies with this rule, but will never call you or sell you out just because you registered on our site.

 

Why Should I Look at Sold Homes?

Now you have the same data that real estate agents use to track the market. Looking at homes that recently sold gives you a feel for what the market is doing and helps you establish a range for the fair market value of a home by assembling a comparative market analysis. In almost every market we serve, we show you the price history in the Property History section of the home details page.

Our sold data is the best out there:

  • See homes that just sold: see homes that sold almost immediately after the listing agent marks it as sold in the MLS.
  • Photos: we show as many photos as we can.
  • Detailed amenities: we show you not just the number of beds or baths but also an exhaustive list of amenities.

 

How to Search for Sold Homes

To start a search for sold homes, just click the More Options link under the Search Listings button at the top of any page on Redfin. In the lower left is a checkbox to include sale records in your search, as well as a drop-down to select how far back in time you want to go. Once you have checked that box, you can use other search options on Redfin to narrow down the type of sold homes you are interested in. Click Update Search to run your search.

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What About Homes Under Contract?

Listings under contract to a buyer but not yet closed no longer appear in a Redfin search for active listings. They don't appear in a search for sold homes either because the sale has not yet closed. To search for these homes under contract, use the Status dropdown on the search options form.

How many listings we can show depends on the market, and the rules of the local MLS. In some markets, we show homes in the earliest stages of a purchase, where the offer is still contingent on an inspection; in other markets we only show homes where there are no contingencies remaining and the sale is scheduled to close on a specific date. Since some MLSs require us to register users before showing listings under contract, make sure you are signed in and using a Redfin account that has a verified email address. We always show as much data as we can, without requiring registration whenever possible.

 

How Do I Distinguish Between For-Sale and Sold Homes?

Sold homes are indicated with a blue icon on the map and blue shading on the home details page. For-sale listings and under contract listings are indicated with green icons and shading. For-sale-by-owner homes are pink and bank-listed foreclosures are purple.

 

How Much Sold Information Can I See?

We show all the information that each MLS allows. Unfortunately, most MLS's require that users are registered and have a verified email address to see all the information. Registration on Redfin is free and we'll never spam you. When we don't have sold information from the MLS we'll show you sold information from public records. 

 

Comments

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Joan Reacher

There are no public records showing my home sold for a quarter of its value back on May 10, 2013 and yet your site and affiliated websites claim it did.  Who is the third party source supplying you this incorrect "public records" information about a sale that did not happen?  I tried to fix this nicely over phone and emails.  I'll try once more with a little more attention... then if necessary I may seek legal action.  If how you show my home (incorrectly sold on May 10, 2013 for $114,000) is any indication, your site is not to be trusted.  And that is an undeniable fact.

July 27, 2013, 3:08 PM
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Karen Jones

Sorry for the frustration from the way we are displaying public records for your property, we are happy to check the details, and rest assured that there is often a simple fix or explanation.

Please just send the property address and any additional information you can provide to: customerservice@redfin.com It is also a big help if you can include a phone number for follow up. Thank you for taking the time to write in about your concern.

 

July 27, 2013, 4:16 PM
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victor moreno


14935 INDIANA Ave #8Paramount, CA 90723

This above property keeps coming on and off line.  Is it truly up for sale or a scam? 

The agent is: 

Listing provided courtesy of

  • Efren Martin
  • Realty World Capero

DRE #01233159

July 30, 2013, 3:58 PM
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Joan Reacher

I need to apologize to RedFin.  I mistakenly thought they and Realtor.com were owned by the same company and shared listing data.   When RedFin became aware of an issue with my property's listing (which due to my mistake in their relationship with realtor.com was same time as I posted the comment above) they quickly got the incorrect public record removed for me.  Realtor.com still is yet to fix their site nor point me in the direction of where they get their public records data.  Realtor.com continues to respond with nonsensical emails (whereas RedFin's responses were extremely professional (especially those from Karen J.))  If there was a way for me to delete my comment above I would.   If the webmaster has that capability, I request that it be removed.   If not I hope people that read that, will also read how nice and responsive I found redfin to be in fixing mistakes, especially compared to that other website.  Thanks Karen and RedFin!!!   

July 31, 2013, 3:56 AM
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Bryan Selner

Victor, 

The listing at 14935 INDIANA Ave #8 Paramount, CA 90723 does not appear to be a scam, although I do not have any more information on why it came on, off and then back on the market during those first three days.

Since the listing is from the MLS and has an agent listed with their license number, you can be fairly confident that it's legit.  MLSs do try to monitor their listing information carefully to prevent bad behavior such as a scam.  And, frankly, the agent would be risking their state real estate license if it was.  

Regards -- bry

 

August 3, 2013, 4:23 PM
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Bryan Selner

Joan,

Thank you for the kind words about Karen and our team.    Regards -- bry

August 3, 2013, 4:24 PM
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Alex Kim

i purchased my condo for $535,000 but public record per your site shows $2.188M.  why is this? and how do i correct it? i am afraid that i might get tax bill based on wrong purchase price.  thanks.

August 8, 2013, 9:56 AM
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Karen Jones

Ultimately you will want to be in touch with your local tax assessor office proactively to make sure all the tax valuation records are in order for your home.

One thing that might apply here is that for coop condos specifically, the tax value will show for the whole building, rather than for your single unit. The reason being that ownership of a coop unit is not technically "real estate" but rather "shares" in the building along with a lease granted by the coop corporation specifying your right to exclusive use of your portion of the building. Taxes are then paid in one lump sum for the coop building each year and likely are part of your monthly assessment.

If, on the other hand, you own a standard condo then it may be an issue of units in your building being listed on the local MLS without unit numbers. That would cause the value of different units to be combined in the compiled data for your building or development. There is not an easy fix if that is the problem, but again you should in in touch with the tax assessors office to address any concerns.

 

August 8, 2013, 10:45 AM
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Marci Montgomery

Hi, I purchased a home at 820 Cortez St, Coral Gables, FL 33134 on July 15, 2013. Oddly, my home is still shown as "Pending" in the Redfin listings, although when you scroll down to the history detail, it shows the home was sold on July 19, 2013, which is probably the date the sale was registered. My question is, how do I get my home removed from the "Pending" category? I believe it could matter someday if I ever want to sell the home, because the listing mistakenly shows a much longer time the home was on the market then it really was. It listed on May 10, and I had it under contract within a week, then finally closed on July 15 after various delays. But it certainly didn't sit on the market looking for a buyer for 96 days. Thank you so much for any help you can provide. Love the Redfin app & service, by the way!

August 15, 2013, 8:04 AM
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Karen Jones
Based on the property history part of the listing information we show on Redfin, it looks as if the agent who listed your home before you purchased it, never switched the status from "pending" to "sold." You may contact Lexan Real Estate to request that they correct the status to sold. We can't make that correction for you from here, but we will automatically begin to display the new status after Lexan fixes this for you.
August 15, 2013, 12:56 PM
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Nancy Oneto

your Sold  record on 204 Avenida Marguarita  in 2010 is wrong.  Please update.

August 18, 2013, 8:53 PM
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Deiwid Kimsto

Last 6 months I have been searching for a house on a Redfin.com and love this site. Lately lots of your homes listed here do not have a property history listed any more. Even homes that I have looked before and property history was there, now history is gone? Did I click something wrong or you just stopped offering that service?

December 1, 2013, 11:44 AM
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Karen Jones

 

 

So glad to hear that you love Redfin!

There are a few different things that could be affecting your ability to see property history, I have addressed them comprehensively in my post at the bottom of this thread:

https://support.redfin.com/entries/21638939-Unable-to-view-property-history-on-website

Thank you for sending us your complements and let us know if you have any other questions!

 

December 2, 2013, 12:54 PM
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Brian rich

Redfin has an incorrect APN number.  How can it be fixed?

March 3, 2014, 11:41 PM
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Emily Cisneros
Redfin Help Center

Hi Brian thanks for writing in!  

Redfin gets our information directly from the MLS as input by the listing agent and from the local county assessor's office for our Public Records information.  If there is a discrepancy I would double check with the the source first and if correct there, please email techsupport@redfin.com and we'll be happy to have look into updating it on Redfin!

 

Thank you!

March 4, 2014, 2:11 PM
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Roxanne Rorah

i have been working with Diana & Chuck Ivas from redfin, and i love how they have been helping me and how fast that i was able to buy my home. i am just waiting for all the paper work to go through and for my closing date. i am getting so excited and can not wait to move into my new home. thank you Redfin for posting all the homes that you do. when i get my keys in hand i will be on here to write another post thanking you.

May 8, 2014, 11:53 AM
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Janie Cowart
Redfin Help Center

Hello Roxanne!

Thanks for letting us know about your experience! When you get your chance to review our agents after you close, make sure to let us know the rest of your experience!

Thanks again for using Redfin!

-Janie

May 8, 2014, 2:59 PM
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Mike Roberts

Hi, My name is Mike and I have a question regarding history of 12630 paseo olivos saratoga ca 95070. Is there anyway I can get info from 1978 as to who owned/lived there? Looking for Mordeci or something similar. I am trying to catch up with an old friend. Things got confusing in 1978 and I lost contact. I sure hope you can help or advise, thank you. Also I am thinking of moving back to the area.

Mike

June 11, 2014, 12:34 AM
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Jake Eckert
Redfin Help Center

Hi Mike!

The most effective way to get information about the property would be to contact your local county assessor's office. Good luck on your search!

- Jake 

 

 

June 11, 2014, 9:13 AM
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Susie Moon
Redfin does not appear to show the zoning of a listing. I know that on an actual MLS listing it's all right there. Am I just looking in the wrong place? Does Redfin actually show the zoning of a lot? Keep up the great work!
June 12, 2014, 8:48 AM
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Emily Cisneros
Redfin Help Center

Hi Susie!

Unfortunately, we don't currently have a tool that can show the zoning information. Zoning is not a requirement of the MLS and is not always shown by Public Records, but we are always looking for new ideas and we really appreciate your feedback. That is a great idea and we will be sure to pass along the information to our developers for further consideration.

Thanks for using Redfin!

June 12, 2014, 10:49 AM
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Chris & Lana Verplank

Hi, 

The home I purchased is showing it Flagged as abnormal Transaction which is not true. All was normal and complete. Please explain how this can be corrected as only Redfin shows this as abnormal.

Thank you,

Connor

July 18, 2014, 6:49 PM
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Janie Cowart
Redfin Help Center

Hello Chris,

Thanks for contacting us about this. We are actually getting the information via the public record in that area. Can you please contact them for further information on why it was flagged like that? 

If they state it isn't marked like that on their end, please let us know at techsupport@redfin.com

Thanks!

Janie

July 19, 2014, 10:26 AM
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Suzanne Pates

10973 W Kelso Dr Property History starts with the year 2000 thru 2014.  I know that there was at least 2 other

owners before 2000.  Where are former dates & prices in the  '90's?

October 17, 2014, 2:48 PM
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Janie Cowart
Redfin Help Center

Hello Suzanne,

Thanks for using Redfin! You will need to contact the county assessors office for that information. Here is the link to their website for that home:

http://mcassessor.maricopa.gov/

Let me know if you need anything else!

-Janie

October 17, 2014, 5:05 PM
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F S

3805 and 3813 T Street, NW washington dc are sold and do not show up in the comps list. Why not?

December 4, 2014, 9:35 AM
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Emily Cisneros
Redfin Help Center

Hello,

Thank you for writing in!  So we can look into this further, can you please email techsupport@redfin.com?  Looking forward to your reply!

Thank you,

Emily

December 4, 2014, 9:41 AM
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Andrew Komosa

Redfin and other real estate sites need to correct their records and give homeowners the option to submit a correction form regarding their home's purchase date and price paid.  It's crazy how off they are! 

December 19, 2014, 2:18 PM
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Emily Cisneros
Redfin Help Center

Hi Andrew,

Thank you for writing in!  Redifn gets property information from the MLS, for homes actively for sale, and Public Records for off-market properties.  If you have an example of a listing showing mis-information, feel free to email techsupport@redfin.com and we'll be happy to take a closer look for you.

Thanks for using Redfin!

Emily

December 19, 2014, 4:58 PM
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Katherine Oxos-Sandoval

Janie was assisting me, export the sold addresses into a excel document . However in the screen shot below you can see that the table button is greyed out, and it doesn't allow me to click on it as suggested. Is there a different portion of the site I should be on?

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January 8, 2015, 9:45 AM
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Janie Cowart
Redfin Help Center

Hello Katherine,

Thanks for letting us know! The reason why that button is grayed out is that your search area is pretty big. I would focus in on a zip code or something smaller within the Seattle area. You should see that once you zoom into an area, that 'Table' button will become activated again.

Let us know if you need anything else!

Thanks!

-Janie

January 8, 2015, 9:54 AM
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Katherine Oxos-Sandoval

Janie-

Thank you so much for your response!

 

Katherine

January 8, 2015, 11:05 AM
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Janie Cowart
Redfin Help Center

Hello Katherine,

No problem! Let us know if you have any other questions and we will look into seeing what we can do!

-Janie

January 10, 2015, 11:16 AM
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Michelle Anthony

What does contingent mean on a listing? Under contract? Pending? Sold? It's not clear. Thanks!

January 23, 2015, 12:18 PM
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Janie Cowart
Redfin Help Center

Hello Michelle,

Thanks for using Redfin and that is a great question? To find out the meaning of a status of a home, you can always hover over the status and little explanation will appear on the listings page for the home. 

For more detailed information you can check out our glossary page located here: https://www.redfin.com/real-estate-glossary

Let me know if you have any other questions!

Thanks!

-Janie

January 23, 2015, 4:03 PM