Originally Posted By: rray
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Having worked in California, Louisiana, and Texas using public records, your 1955 date could be the "moved to" date or the "burned down and rebuilt" date, or any other major rebuild/renovation date, such as the date plumbing, electricity, and central heat were installed (or possibly applied to be installed).
A building only has to be picked up and moved a certain number of feet to get a new build date. So at that point, when it was actually built kind of is moot because something major happened in 1955 to cause it to get a new build date.
Here in San Diego, when something major happens, we'll get two dates:
Build/Eff = 1912/1955.
Definitely don't believe all the stories that the neighbors tell you. That will really screw you up. Kind of like the seller saying, "I did everything myself. Pulled all the permits. Did everything to code." Uh-huh.
Public records in some of the rural areas, and rural states, are lacking. Fortunately for me, the big cities (read, San Diego County) are not.
Obviously there are exceptions to everything in life. I've even found an error or two in the public records and some interesting typos (built in 1004).
Home inspections. . . .
One home at a time.