If you’re hoping to avoid getting burned, it’s important that as a buyer or renter, you confirm ownership of a property, before signing the deed or lease. Even if the deal looks fantastic, don’t rush into it — scams aren’t unheard of in the real estate industry, and you should be cautious to avoid them. Oftentimes, housing scams look surprisingly real, but red flags can still be present. Examples of red flags include poor grammar and misspellings, suspicious fees in the application process, and being told that you can’t view the property. Also, try performing a reverse Google image search on the property to find other listings. If these listings vary in price, location, or contact information, this is a sign of a scam. Contact us to learn more.