Common sense and not being blinded because of greed will keep you safe online.
Trusting your gut feeling when you feel that something isn’t legitimate means you’re probably right. Is it too good to be true?
Avoid and be suspicious people who talk about a third party i.e. they say they are buying for a client, buying for a relative or that they have investors who are interested in buying your home.
- Be suspicious of buyers that don’t ask any questions or show any interest in your home or location. Most genuine buyers will want to know more details.
- Never be tempted by buyers that will offer you more than your property is worth or cash deal with a short space of time.
- Ask the buyer lots of questions this is very natural to do after all you need assess them as a potential buyer. i.e. “Are they selling a property? What is there situation? Are they buying jointly or on their own? Do they know your area? What else have they seen? How long have they been looking? Is their property on the market ? can all be part of a natural conversation.
- Reject any financial irregularities i.e. avoiding solicitors, using their solicitors, part cash deals etc…
- Insist that everything will be going via a solicitor or conveyancing company.
When you are a lone seller it makes common sense to show your house to a buyer with a friend for added security. You could also make it known that you will be showing them around with another person present.
I would recommend that you ask for the name, address and contact number before they view your home. Private house sales save our clients thousands in commission and is growing in popularity, it is the future as people take more control of their sales.
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Author Nick Marr
The House Shop