There is no denying that crooks are everywhere, and they will try to leech your pockets to dry. But don’t let them scare you when doing a real estate transaction. Here are the things you must do:
Ask lots of questions
Any real estate agent must willingly answer all the questions of prospective buyers. If you see listings for Rockport properties, for instance, and take interest on one of them, you should understand all information included in the listings. If something’s not clear, you can ask the agent.
One red flag is when the broker answers haphazardly or refuses to answer your questions altogether. Misinformation is a dangerous scenario for every real estate transaction.
Never rush the decision
Buying a property is a lengthy decision-making process. Understandably, you’d want the process to end as smoothly and quickly as possible. Otherwise, other people may snag a great deal that you found first. Don’t. Rushing the decision to buy robs you of the opportunity to question if the transaction is legitimate or not.
Ask for referrals
From family members, close friends and trusted colleagues, that is. Just because an agent approached you and you’ve checked that he or she has a LinkedIn page and business listing in the Yellow Pages, don’t make him a legit agent—at least not yet. Check his or her license to ensure that it doesn’t expire yet. If it already is, he or she can no longer do transactions with you and everyone else until he or she gets a license renewal.
Since it involves your hard-earned money, you should know what you are getting into. It’s shameful to jump into a hard-to-pass deal only to find out in the end that unscrupulous people have scammed you. Go after the legitimacy of the property, the process and the person you are dealing with.