At HomeFinder.com, listing integrity is a key focus for us, and honesty is one of our core values. We also must rely on the company or person selling or renting a home to provide accurate information.
However, there is always the possibility of online real estate fraud, which can take the form of someone trying to sell or rent a home they do not own, or have possession of.
Below are some red flags that you should be aware of:
- The property's representative is unable to meet you in person.
- Requests for personal or financial information before you have met the seller, renter or property manager.
- Request to wire money via MoneyGram or Western Union.
- Long-distance landlords or the owner is out of the country.
- Email exchanges that are lengthy, have numerous typos or overly appealing to your sympathy.
- If it sounds too good to be true, it may be (listing is significantly less than others in same area).
- If you receive a request for your social security number, bank account number, or any code sent to your cell phone via text message or phone call.
- If you are asked to fill out an application with personal information before you have seen the property in person or met the owner or renter.
If you come across a suspicious listing that you think could be a fraudulent fraud then please provide us with either the property ID, or link to the listing on HomeFinder.com using this form.