Are Yahoo comps accurate? - Posted by Kevin

Posted by Mike Daly (GA) on May 09, 2002 at 09:46:35:

I’m not sure about Yahoo, but I’ve found gives the most recent comps of any site I’ve found. is also pretty good. I don’t like HomeGain because the comps are always very old.

Ultimately, it’s better to get with someone who has MLS access, like an agent or appraiser to get the best comps. The websites are better than nothing, but IMO aren’t quite sufficient for making intelligent offers. You also want to learn the neighborhoods you’re investing in and ultimately become an expert on your area’s property values. Working on that myself…

Are Yahoo comps accurate? - Posted by Kevin

Posted by Kevin on May 08, 2002 at 16:27:10:

I am just starting to flip properties in Iowa and I was wondering if the comps that you get from Yahoo are good comps or not. If not, does anyone know where else I can get free comps online? I have read Bronchick’s Flipping Properties book and the Yahoo site is the only one that covers where I live in Iowa. Please Help.



Re: Are Yahoo comps accurate? - Posted by DW

Posted by DW on May 10, 2002 at 18:28:26:

No. I have tried both and Yahoo. It is a computer program that finds sales of homes in your area. The less information you give any program, the worse your results are going to be.

I put in my address to My home value is right near the middle of the results. One “comp” came in at over $300,000 while another was only about $150,000. If you consider that accurate, yeah they narrowed it down to within $150,000.

Re: Are Yahoo comps accurate? - Posted by Bryan

Posted by Bryan on May 09, 2002 at 19:26:47:


Re: Are Yahoo comps accurate? - Posted by JohnBoy

Posted by JohnBoy on May 09, 2002 at 11:28:27:

I think those comps include refi’s and second mortgages that owners have taken out on their homes. In other words, you don’t know if the numbers given are from actual sales or if they are new loans that were taken out and recorded in the county records which is where that info they post comes from. So I would not base any final decisions on what the web sites tell you. Especially Yahoo!

Someone refinances and that shows up looking as if it were a sale when it wasn’t. Someone takes out a second mortgage and it shows up to look as if the property sold way below value. You ever notice a bunch of sales on one block where some may look as if they sold for 25% - 50% of what the others sold for? Those may be second mortgages that were recorded and when they pull the info from the records they pick up refi’s and second mortgages from that and they get listed on the web site as if it were a sale. And since refi’s could be over inflated based on higher appraisals those records would be flawed to make the property appear that it sold for more than what it is really worth. You can’t trust those sources! Only use those to get a general idea for the area. If you want accurate comps then get them from a local realtor, title company, appraiser, or public records at the county courthouse.