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Old 03-09-2011, 09:38 AM
 
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Is there a way we can find out what the piece of land was used for before we buy a home? Even it's a new construction or there's an existing home on there, the piece of land the subdivision or home is sitting on could be something else before years ago (be it a school or just vacant before). Is there anyway to find this out?
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Old 03-09-2011, 09:40 AM
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Since my neighborhood is full of old, huge hardwoods, I'm pretty sure my whole neighborhood was a dense forest.
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Old 03-09-2011, 09:55 AM
 
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Is there a way we can find out what the piece of land was used for before we buy a home? Even it's a new construction or there's an existing home on there, the piece of land the subdivision or home is sitting on could be something else before years ago (be it a school or just vacant before). Is there anyway to find this out?
Check with your county recorder of deeds and/or assessor's office. Once you get the parcel number, you can stop in and conduct some older research or a title search which will reveal previous owners.

You can also go to the library and dig up some history on the area (if you're seeing information that is perhaps 100+ years old).

Good luck and Happy Hunting!
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Old 03-09-2011, 10:29 AM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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Is there a way we can find out what the piece of land was used for before we buy a home? Even it's a new construction or there's an existing home on there, the piece of land the subdivision or home is sitting on could be something else before years ago (be it a school or just vacant before). Is there anyway to find this out?
Try finding your location here:

NETR Online • Historic Aerials

to get a bird's eye view of what it used to be.
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Old 03-09-2011, 10:38 AM
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Try finding your location here:

NETR Online • Historic Aerials

to get a bird's eye view of what it used to be.
That's an amazing tool. Found my house in only a few minutes. I was right about the woods, but there were more pastures nearby than I would have guessed.
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Old 03-09-2011, 10:55 AM
 
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Pretty cool!! Mine goes back to 1938
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Old 03-09-2011, 02:07 PM
 
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Try finding your location here:

NETR Online • Historic Aerials

to get a bird's eye view of what it used to be.
Great resource!!
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Old 03-09-2011, 02:31 PM
 
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Is there a way we can find out what the piece of land was used for before we buy a home? Even it's a new construction or there's an existing home on there, the piece of land the subdivision or home is sitting on could be something else before years ago (be it a school or just vacant before). Is there anyway to find this out?



Knowing what that "something else" was years ago is important. It could be very important for your health.

You never know what you might uncover. Learning that the property was once a toxic dump would be a nice piece of information to know. I do believe that the our health is impacted to a much greater degree than we realize by environmental factors.

Even if the land was vacant, you should "dig" a little deeper for information.

If you're buying a new house, observe the builder's landscaping practices and procedures.

Years ago, one of the local TV stations profiled a story about a fairly new house that had shifted off of its foundation. When they "digged" a little deeper, they found that the builder didn't remove a lot of building scrap material from the property.

A lot of the building scrap material, odds and ends, were plowed under and a fresh layer of dirt was nicely plowed on top to disguise the refuse.

The land's past history is nice to know. But future projects for the area are nice to know, too. If there's no adjoining homes or subdivisions, you should investigate what the future holds for a parcel of land. A new highway or a new Home Depot very close to the parcel of land would probably hurt property values.

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Old 03-09-2011, 03:42 PM
 
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Try finding your location here:

NETR Online • Historic Aerials

to get a bird's eye view of what it used to be.
Thanks!! Good stuff!
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Old 03-09-2011, 03:59 PM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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Try finding your location here:

NETR Online • Historic Aerials

to get a bird's eye view of what it used to be.
Thank you for posting that website!! Very interesting.
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