Typically a project includes initial research to discover what resources and stories may be available to fulfill a specific goal, or to develop a write-up that is unique to the building. This uncommon strategy alone draw interest to potential buyers. Agents who obtain extensive knowledge of their listing set themselves apart and provides the seller with confidence that added effort has been made to bring the greatest value to their home. This approach truly makes their listing exclusive. (For more samples and ideas visit NY House Histories and Building Chronicles.)
OBJECTIVE: In this sample, the agent's goal was to discover the exact build date, the builder and architect.
INITIAL SEARCH: The initial search provided numerous resources which included information about an owner as far back as 1873 on an ownership map.
DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT: The owner listed on the 1873 map was researched and it was discovered that the address where he lived according to the directory of that time was on the same street, but at a different numbered house. The address was researched following it back to the 1860s. A search in an 1854-55 city directory for the resident revealed a different house number.
In late 19th, early 20th century records, the house number was an even number. In 1854-55 the house number was odd. This suspicious change was examined through maps and directories. By comparing commercial buildings with residential land owners it was discovered that the location was the same as the current house despite the change in odd to even numbers. This change occurred after the town had separated from another town and incorporated.
It was then discovered through newspaper articles, city directories, old tax records, censuses and deeds that the building was constructed in 1852. The land had been purchased the year before and within the following year, the original owner was located as living in the house at the current location.This property had been conveyed from an owner who had purchased the land post-Revolutionary War after it was confiscated from a loyalist.
The significance of this building is manifold. The house was built during the greatest development of the town and in the history of the United States and has sustained the test of time. The foundation was constructed of the best materials because it was during this time that the governing body desired to create a town desirable to wealthy New Yorkers who were seeking to live outside the crowded city. Learning this alone brings enormous value to the listing. The use of the information is in process. Lead time: 2-1/2 weeks