Property Owners & How to List your Properties

By: Aoureliou Televko

That being said doing business on the internet is just like doing business in real life. You will want to educated yourself about potential problems and be able to spot the honest businesses from the not so honest. Here are 10 tips to get you started:

1) Discuss details of the property by phone in addition to email or online so you speak with the person selling or renting the property.

2) Get a landline number for the seller/renter and verify that the phone number given matches the physical location of the property listed.

3) Ask for the properties exact location.

4) Be more cautious of sellers using free email accounts as these can be used by overseas scam-artists and then discarded as they are reported; Notice poor grammar, lack of knowledge of local geography, incorrect location names, made-up or incorrectly formatted names, and numerically- or otherwise-generated throw-away email addresses as easy but usually correct indications of a scam attempt.

6) Use extreme caution when buying/renting a property located a long distance from your location. Since this website is available to people around the world, we allow homes and properties to be listed from around the world. However, buying or renting a home that is located a great distance from you increases the risk to you exponentially. It is never a good idea to buy a home without viewing it in person before any money changes hands.

7) After discussing the details, have the home or rental property surveyed before any money changes hands. View the property in person, or at the very least, have a trusted friend view the property on your behalf.

8) Never wire funds via western union, moneygram or any other wire service.
Avoid scams where a seller wants you to pay or overpay any third party where part of the payment will then be rebated to the seller - this would almost always represent a scam.

9) Use common sense and your gut instinct - if you think even for a second that something is up, investigate it further.

10) Use Google to search the user's email address, name or website to see if anyone on the net has written anything in the past about this person. You can even use some of the text they send you from their ads or email - some scammers just reuse all their text so you may find someone has already put it on the web and pointed it out as a scam.

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