How to spot a fake house

Vancouver real estate agent Craig MacNeil says a key to finding a real estate scam is to pay attention to the words of the person you’re dealing with.

MacNeil, a Vancouver real-estate agent, says in his book “The Real Estate Truth” that if you’re selling a property to a prospective buyer, you should always pay attention.

“The real estate industry is very, very good at tricking people into buying a real-world property, and if they’re not going to pay the price for it, you can get away with not disclosing the price,” he says.

But MacNeil warns that a scammer can be anything from an honest broker to a scam artist.

“If you see something on the Internet that looks like a real house, or if you have a home appraiser or a realtor that is selling a home that’s a scam, you’re probably in for a surprise,” MacNeil said.

He says real estate scams range from real estate brokers to real estate agents who can be easily fooled into making a sale.

A home-improvement scam that involves the sale of an old home that is not theirs to sell is a classic example of a real property scam.

MacNeill recommends the real estate-related insurance you may need to take.

And you might want to consider using a real agent, as a legitimate agent will do their best to make you feel comfortable.

“Most agents will tell you that if there is a real life relationship between them and you, they will make sure you get the property, that you have access to it, and that you’re being protected,” he said.

“In many cases, it’s a real lie.”

Here are some tips to help you spot real estate scammers.

Know when to look for the scam.

Scams typically involve a real home, such as a home with a history of being owned or used for a specific purpose.

MacNeilly says a scam can take place when the real-life relationship is not a “real” one.

“There are some brokers that you might be told by that you’ve just bought a house and they’re selling it to you, and it’s not your house,” he explained.

“It’s a fake.

And if they are, you need to get a lawyer.”

MacNeil suggests asking real estate offices, and real estate associations to check out the real owner.

Macneill says when you’re looking for a property, it might be best to ask questions about the real owners history, and what you can expect from the property.

“One of the big things to look at is that if the real person who bought the property is a stranger, you want to know who that stranger is,” he advised.

“I think it’s important to ask that question to see if they’ve been involved with the real house before, and then you can ask about the relationship that you may have with them,” he added.

Look for a broker that will help you find the right property.

A real-property agent can often help you determine the best real estate broker for your needs, MacNeill says.

“Many of the brokers who are in the industry have real-street names that they use to help people find properties,” he pointed out.

“And you’ll often hear from them that if they have a client in mind that is a member of the real family, they’ll be more than happy to work with you.”

MacNeills book “Real Estate Truth: A Guide to Finding Real Estate Scams” can be purchased online or on Amazon for $9.95.

Mac Neills book can also be purchased at the Vancouver Real Estate Association (VREA).