If you're looking to buy a house, it's always good to know what it (and others in the neighbourhood) sold for last time. Traditionally, that's required paying a commercial provider for information, but Home Price History inverts that approach by providing a web application where you can store and share the results of your own real estate search. Currently, there's around 4000 properties listed on the site: not yet enough to make it possible to abandon all other sources of information, but a useful extra resource. For another approach to neighbourhood investigation, check out previously mentioned StreetAdvisor.
Home Price History Shares Real Estate Price Information
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