Cars have mileage counters and changing the total mileage on a used
car is illegal. I believe one should be required to prominently
display and disclose the age of a building to anyone renting an
apartment, hotel room or buying a residence or other space. I also
happen to believe disclosure is superior to regulation. The real
estate profession managed to annihilate the appraisal profession a few
years ago by getting permission to offer a market value opinion. Now
the realtors are attempting to create a profession of undereducated
building inspectors to push engineers out of this market. I have seen
many contractors do a gut rehab of a building and offer it as brand
new. Yet realtors manage to get grandfathered in getting regulations
applied based on the oldest part of a building, even while they tell
consumers the building is brand new. Therefore I believe it is in a
consumer's interest to disclose the age of the oldest existing part of
a building, much as a car's odometer reveals the true wear and tear of
Glad your county is in to the 1990s. Around here, tax records are still rows
of green cabinets and ledger cards. Sure, they have a computer system for
internal use, <current> records only, but no web site portal or anything.
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