Housefax launches home reports service

Buyers can see historical info on building permits, mortgages, fires, and floods

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Housefax, a service that a former CEO is helping to steer, has launched what it says is the first property data service that offers "comprehensive, consolidated" reports on homes. The company, which unveiled its product today, lays bare historical information on building permits, mortgages, fires, floods and sink holes, among other data. According to the company's website, Housefax harvests data on millions of properties from thousands of sources -- both public and proprietary, according to a company statement -- to construct the reports. They cost $59 each, and according to the company's website, are designed to complement a professional home inspection, seller’s disclosure and repair documentation. "Though we're in the midst of a housing rebound, many homes have been neglected, rented, foreclosed or left vacant, and today's buyers are far more cautious," said Housefax founder and CEO Eddy Lang in a statement. "When finalizing a contract on a home, inspectio...