Technology has revolutionized the real estate industry for both residential and commercial properties. Targeted digital age advents make apartment-shopping as simple and convenient as going online with a few strategically placed clicks. Yet at the same time, the digital transformation of apartment-renting has opened the door to unprecedented safety risks for the apartment seeker.
While the real estate industry is in high demand, renters anywhere can find themselves in similarly vulnerable situations, facing opportunistic markets and risky practices. Any apartment seeker should be aware of the risks and the counterpoint safety tips to effectively safeguard his search.
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Technology today is, after all, both a critically vital and cryptically dangerous tool in apartment-searching. Fortunately, renters can protect themselves against such risks with these proven effective safety tips, common-sense rules too often disregarded in the heat of the hunt:
Confirm Who and What are Behind the Screen
Let’s say, you’re moving in the state of Florida and you’re looking for apartments for rent in Miami or in Orlando or in any other cities, it is common sense to do business with reliable and trusted people. Your safety should be your foremost concern after all. Conduct extra research and do background check.
When it comes to viewing the apartment and signing the lease, only deal with people you meet in person and who walk you through the apartment. It is imperative that you confirm face-to-face that what you see and who you meet online are the real deal before you make the deal.
Verify Every Detail and Trust Your Instincts
Whatever the online listing says (concerning, say, the apartment’s condition, building’s amenities, or neighborhood’s characteristics), ensure its veracity for yourself. If you find a discrepancy that cannot be satisfactorily explained, trust your suspicions and walk away.
Never Agree to Requests of Conditions Requiring Unusual Forms of Payment
Avoid wiring funds through any wire transfer service, as well as deals involving escrow or shipping services. Similarly, do not hand over your financial information, submit to credit checks absent legitimate landlord query, or accede to pressures to remit any fees unless and until the transaction’s signed closing.
The key is to adopt and apply these rules vigilantly as second nature. Make safety be your top priority when apartment hunting. The fact is, for better or worse, your apartment-seeking safety is in your own hands, and you can’t shake hands with an online avatar.