HOUSE-HUNTING ON THE GO

How can you fit house-hunting into your busy lifestyle?

MANILA, APRIL 8, 2015: It is no secret that today’s lifestyles are more hectic than ever before – with many people trying to balance work, families, friends and hobbies. Throw house-hunting into the mix and 24 hours just does not seem like enough time.

Finding the perfect property, organizing and attending viewings, and negotiating with sellers can seem overwhelmingly time consuming when you are constantly on the go. Global property portal Lamudi has compiled a list of top tips to help house-hunters to find their dream home on the move.

Get yourself organized

Having a schedule is essential to organized house-hunting. Make sure your electrical organizer is up to date. Sync your computer calendar, such as Google or Outlook, with your mobile phone, to make sure that you have all of your viewing appointments in the palm of your hand. Put aside one full day to see a number of properties,

Download the app

Make sure you have the app for your favorite house-hunting websites downloaded to your smartphone. Instead of bookmarking your preferred sites, create one folder on your phone for all property-related activity, such as maps, to-do lists, and classifieds apps. By using apps, you have all of your favorite houses and apartments in one place, with no fear of losing the details or forgetting the features.

Get ahead of the game

Sign up for email alerts when any new properties meeting your criteria are added to the property website or app. This will save you time having to trawl through the hundreds of new properties added daily, highlighting those most relevant to your search. This way, you can keep up to date quickly and easily, as well as stay aware of the average cost of properties in your desired location with the same features.

Be specific

Using a house-hunting app, you have the option of changing your preferences with the flick of a finger or the click of a button. When searching, use filters to change the features you are looking for, such as specifying your wish for an in-built kitchen or fully-furnished living space to see what is on the market. This will help you to narrow down your search, and reveal options that you may have otherwise overlooked.

Ask an agent

Reach out to a real estate agent to help you with time-consuming logistics, such as organizing viewings and negotiating with sellers. An agent will have the expertise and experience to advise you on suitable properties, whilst sharing knowledge on the best neighborhoods, and most reasonable prices. This will save you hours of research, and clear up any confusion you may have, for example regarding average sales or rental costs.

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HOW TO SPOT A REAL ESTATE SCAM

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Top tips for online house-hunters to avoid falling victim to fraud

MANILA, APRIL 1, 2015: The property listing almost looks too good to be true – it is in the perfect location, has beautiful photos and is well below your budget. You send off an inquiry and receive a quick response: the landlord is currently overseas and cannot show you the home. But if you can wire through a deposit as soon as possible, the property is yours.

For many people who have tried to rent a property online, this scenario might sound all too familiar. While new technologies have made it easier than ever before for property seekers to get all the information they need to supercharge their house hunt, the Internet has also made it easier for online fraudsters to target both buyers and renters.

But by being aware of a few tell-tale signs, house-hunters can learn to quickly sort the scammers from the legitimate real estate agents. Global property network Lamudi has compiled a guide to help online property seekers avoid falling victim to a scam.

Always insist on inspecting the property.

Never agree to make any payments upfront or sign a contract without first inspecting the property. Viewing the property and meeting the agent in person are the best ways to guarantee that the listing is legitimate.

Verify the identity of the person you are dealing with.

Take steps to check the agent you are dealing with is a licensed broker or agent. In the first instance, a simple online search can help you detect a scam. Try searching for the property’s address, the name of the agent and their email address.

Avoid listings that have been posted multiple times.

One common scam is for fraudsters to copy an existing (and legitimate) listing of a property for sale and repost it as a rental, with their own contact details attached. Look out for duplicate listings which have different asking prices.

Never give away your personal information or documents.

You should never be asked to provide your bank account details or personal identification documents to someone over the internet. Importantly, never provide your credit card verification code to anyone.

Remember that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

One of the most important rules in real estate is that if a deal sounds too good to be true, it most likely is. Be skeptical about any online listings for attractive properties which are very well priced for the area. Scammers often use these very low prices to lure property seekers.

If you detect a scam, get in touch.

Focus your search on properties listed by well-known real estate agencies and trusted classifieds websites. Once you have detected a possible scam on a real estate search website, notify the platform immediately.
ABOUT LAMUDI

Launched in 2013, Lamudi is a global property portal focusing exclusively on emerging markets. The fast-growing platform is currently available in 32 countries in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America, with more than 850,000 real estate listings across its global network. The leading real estate marketplace offers sellers, buyers, landlords and renters a secure and easy-to-use platform to find or list properties online. For more information, please visit http://www.lamudi.com.ph

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