I wish this wasn't a topic I ever had to cover, but scams in real estate are on the rise everywhere, including Long Beach. As I mentioned in a post last year, I was victim to one myself. This could have easily deterred me from my passion which is real estate. Instead, I let it be a lesson to always follow these simple guidelines when engaging in any form of business:
- Do your due diligence! Thoroughly look into the person you are considering selling your Long Beach house to. "Google them", check the Better Business Bureau, Trustlink.org, Yelp, Department of Real Estate, etc. Take a step back if you see any red flags.
- Make sure to read every word on every document you sign. A well written contract can be a scam in disguise.
- Ask for references. Take these with a grain of salt though, as they might be involved in the scam on your Long Beach house as well.
- Trust your gut. Plain and simple.
You have to protect yourself in addition to you your Long Beach home. Mistakes happen, and they can be pricy to fix, if they can be fixed at all. Following these guidelines should help you sniff out the scam artists out there. Remember, if it's too good to be true, it probably is. Bottom line, be cautious and know who you are talking to!