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What is a Housefax Property Report?

Housefax Reports are the leading property reports in the industry. Each Housefax Report includes specific property and neighborhood details compiled by Housefax, plus valuable insights including:

  • Extensive property details
  • Property checklist
  • Transaction and sales history
  • Fire and other property incidents
  • Natural hazard risk assessment and history
  • Flood zone proximity
  • Recent building permits and contractor history
  • Utility information
  • Local schools
  • Nearby sales
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Where do you get your data?

Housefax has partnerships with a number of public and private sources – saving you hours or days of research. In some cases these partnerships are exclusive to Housefax. For example, only Housefax Reports contain fire incidents occurring before 1999. How current is the information in a Housefax Report? The data in each Housefax Report is pulled on demand from regularly updated databases — we search millions of data points. For census and related info, we use the most recent reports available.

How long will it take to get my Housefax Report?

Approximately 30 seconds — just enough time to text your mother. Seriously. Do it. You know she'd love to hear from you.

Why are building permits important?

Building permits are an important part of understanding a home’s story. Today’s building codes require all new construction and substantial remodels/repairs to obtain building permits. Permits contain information about the type of work performed, when it was done, contractor name (if available) and the cost of the work. Learn more about the importance of building permits.

What if my report doesn’t show any permits?

It happens. The building permit data on the Housefax Report comes from city and/or county digital records. That means paper permits that are not yet digitized will not appear on the report. If you see an obvious remodel or addition that should have been permitted – a new fireplace for example – it’s time to start asking some questions.

Does a Housefax Report have insurance claims information?

Housefax Reports do not include insurance claims information, which can only be obtained by the owner of the property. If you would like more information on how to obtain this data, email us at support@housefax.com.

How is a Housefax Report different than a C.L.U.E. Report?

A Housefax Report complements the C.L.U.E. (Comprehensive Loss Underwriting Exchange) Report which provides dates and details of insurance claims for the past five years. A CLUE Report can only be obtained by the current homeowner or an insurance agent. Housefax Reports are available to the public and provide additional history on the home including building permits, sales transactions, fire incidents and natural hazard risks and assessments. Plus, Housefax Reports include data as far back as 1980.

How is a Housefax Report different than a home inspection?

Housefax Reports are a pre-diligence tool to aide in the home buying or selling process. While an inspection is typically done after an offer is made on a home, you can get a Housefax Report anytime – even before you – or a potential buyer – make an offer.

Additionally, many home inspectors rely on Housefax Reports as their gateway to the past. Armed with information not always visible to the eye, Housefax Reports alert home inspectors to potential problem areas of the home – like a previous fire incident or a 20-year old roof that hasn’t been replaced.

How is a Housefax Report different than information found on traditional listing sites?

Housefax Reports contain reported incidents, recent building permits, loan history and natural risks. Our reports complement traditional listing data, which does not typically include this information.

Does Housefax have data on every house?

Our data covers 80% of residences across the continental U.S., Alaska and Hawaii. And before you ask, no we don’t have a Housefax Report for the White House but we do have one for the Obama’s Washington DC residence. Pretty cool, right?

Why can’t I just ask my real estate agent to do this research for me?

Sure, your real estate agent could perform similar research online and visit local offices but that’s hours of research for just one home. Plus, at Housefax we don’t just give you data, we give you the alerts and valuable insights to help you make a more informed buying decision. So, the next time you want a Housefax Report, just ask “Where’s the Housefax?”

What is the cost of a Housefax Property Report?

If you’re a home buyer or homeowner, you can get a Housefax Report for just $29.95. Each additional report is $19.95. Industry professionals receive package pricing through Housefax PRO.

How can I get Housefax Reports for my business?

We’re glad you asked! Housefax PRO is a service designed exclusively for industry professionals including real estate agents, home inspectors, and mortgage lenders and home insurance agents. Housefax PROs receive package pricing and can even add notes and contact information to each report!

Will a report generate if insufficient data is found?

If we do not have sufficient information on the property you requested, we’ll still deliver the Housefax Report but you won’t be charged for it — no questions asked!

What if I notice inaccurate or missing information within the report?

Hey no one’s perfect. You can open an inquiry by emailing us at support@housefax.com. Please include the Housefax Report link, the property address and your feedback. Keep in mind that our information comes from a number of sources. It may take some time (and additional information from you) to research the issue. Housefax uses this approach in an effort to prevent fraud and to protect the accuracy of the data we provide.

How do I access the Housefax Reports I purchased?

You can access the Housefax Reports you have purchased, or order a new report by logging into your Housefax dashboard — anytime, anywhere.

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After each purchase, you will also receive an email with a link to view the Housefax Report.

What is your privacy policy?

Our privacy policy can be found by clicking here.

Are you affiliated with that other company that provides vehicle history reports?

Nope! We’re just both intrigued by old-fashioned fax machines.

Who can I contact for support?

Drop us a line anytime at support@housefax.com or 1 (877) 598-6634.