It is wonderful that there is so much information out there for home buyers. it is easy to find out who owns a home when they bought it and how much they paid for it.
Knowing how much someone paid for a home is interesting but what someone paid for a house in the past does not impact the current value. The owners may have gotten the house at a bargain basement price or they may have paid too much for it. Maybe they bought it for a song and then made a bund of improvements.
If the house is in St. Paul it is easy to look it up on the city of St.Paul website property look-up and see if there were permits for work on the house. Maybe there is a permit to put on a roof and a few for plumbing and for a new heating plant. Each permit will list an approximate dollar value.
Determining the current value of a house is not an exact science. The best way to come up with a number is to compare the home to three houses in the immediate area that were sold in the last year. Location, condition, and size determine the value of a house.
Buyers who are working with a REALTOR® should ask for a comparative market analysis before making an offer. Home sellers should do the same before setting the asking price.