How to Know if a House Buyer is Legitimate

The worst thing that can happen to you is to get a deal for a property you’re selling only to find out that the person you’re negotiating with is a fraud.

Scams have been around for as long as business has been conducted. But you don’t need to be a victim of these illegitimate deals with some of these in mind. The following points can guide you in knowing whether a house buyer is legitimate or not.

Signs they are scammers:

Are they too good to be true?

If you have little experience with selling real estate, then think about the saying “too good to be true”. If that’s what your buyer is offering you, chances are, it may raise some red flags. 

Legitimate buyers negotiate and can provide plenty of evidence and proof of reality. They do not just offer without knowing much about the property. They ask around and look for points of negotiation.

Are they too transparent?

Are they too transparent

On the other hand, if the person you’re dealing with is too upfront with their finances, there is a fairly big chance that they are using a bogus account. If a buyer sends them to you although you’ve only started to negotiate, then that’s something that should cause you to sound the alarm.

Signs to look for to know if they are serious buyers:

They are offering realistic price

If the buyer has prepared their finances and is negotiating close to reality, then they are ready to deal with you. 

They are asking good questions about the property you’re selling

They are asking good questions about

When a prospective buyer is asking the right question, this is a good indication that they are serious about buying your property. These questions include practical things like how much is the property tax, how much is the average utility bill, or if you’re flexible on the price.

See how long they have been looking for a home

Buyers who just started looking for a home or a property may not be fully ready to purchase yet. But those who have been looking for quite some time may have a set of properties in mind which is why they may be close to purchasing a property soon. This is an important indication for you to try to seal the deal with them.


As with all things, an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. Try to cultivate your skill in sniffing out scams and fake buyers so that you can relieve yourself of the stress and anxiety they can bring you, not to mention the waste of time they will cost you. We buy houses, so we know what we are talking about. –

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