September 2018


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September is Real Estate Safety Month!


Buying or Selling to Internet Strangers

 Online marketplaces are a great way to earn extra money selling items you don’t need.  They’re also a good way to save money on used items that  you’re looking for, as long as you practice general safety precautions and use your common sense!

1. Meet in a public place.

It seems like a no-brainer, but make sure you determine a public place for your transaction location. Some place like a grocery store parking lot, a coffee shop, or, even a police station parking lot.  Both parties will feel more comfortable in a place where other people are present.

2. If you have to meet in a home, bring a friend.

Sometimes meeting in public isn’t feasible. When it comes to buying or selling large furniture, the transaction has to happen at home.

In the instance where someone will have to come into your home to look at or buy an item, first make sure someone else is there with you. The more people the merrier. Before giving them your address, it’s a good idea to chat on the phone. You can learn a lot from a verbal conversation and let your instincts go to work. If possible, have the item ready by the front door.

In the case that you have to enter someone else’s home to make a purchase, take the same precautions. Make sure you bring a friend or family member along. Request that the item be ready for you at the door.

3. Always have a phone.

Whether meeting up to buy a stroller you found on Craigslist or meeting up to sell said stroller, always have your phone on you. Text a friend your plans and tell them you’ll text them as soon as the transaction is complete. If it makes you feel more comfortable, call a friend and have them on speaker phone during the transaction.

4. Set up your phone to track your location to friends and family.

You can put your smartphone’s location tracking to good use by sending a close friend or family member your location. Friends can also track your location using apps like Find My Friends. It’s super handy to have, and in cases where you’re meeting up with a stranger to buy or sell, it can offer peace of mind.

5. Bring only the agreed-upon cash.

Bring only the agreed-upon cash or even handle the transaction at a bank.

6. Do the transaction in daylight hours.

Always carry out your buy and sell transactions in the daytime, never at night. Even if schedules have to be switched around or it’s inconvenient, always meet during the day.

7. Don’t give out personal information.

Never, ever give a stranger personal information, particularly your social security number, unnecessary addresses, or bank information. If they ask, that’s a big red flag that you do not want to do business with this person.

8. Listen to your instincts.

If something feels off, listen to your gut. Twenty bucks, fifty bucks, even a thousand bucks isn’t worth risking your safety.

Details and Registration

Details and Registration

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