Our goal is to help buyers and sellers identify risks up front by exploring common complaints from previous home sales and moves.
New York (PRWEB) February 17, 2015
U.S. consumer advocacy and customer complaints website, PissedConsumer.com, reviewed real estate and moving-related complaints to identify key concerns for home buyers and sellers this spring. Top complaints included theft and damage involving moving companies, high pressure sales tactics from real estate agents, and home sale misrepresentations.
Additional complaints involved apartments not being ready on move-in dates, construction problems with newly-built homes, and moving companies failing to deliver transported property intact or on schedule.
"With the start of the spring season, many homeowners and buyers start looking for real estate agents and preparing for moves," said Joanna Simpson of PissedConsumer.com. "While a trouble-free closing is what most people hope for, there are plenty of potential pitfalls along the way. Our goal is to help buyers and sellers identify risks up front by exploring common complaints from previous home sales and moves."
Based on common home buying and moving complaints in the PissedConsumer.com database, consumers should keep the following tips in mind this spring:
- Shop around for real estate agents early in the process rather than trying to rush to list or buy a house. Take the time to seek reviews online, or choose an agent based on personal referrals when possible.
- If there is a reason to be uncomfortable with a real estate agent after a contract is in place, talk to the broker about assigning a replacement. It's often possible to get a new agent while staying with the same agency without violating the original contract.
- If there are concerns that any facts listed about a house might be misrepresented, bring in a competent inspector to verify. Let them know of any specific questions or concerns in case those issues aren't a part of their typical home inspection. When in doubt about a specific piece of equipment or feature of a home, like a pool or fireplace, bring in a specialist.
- If at all possible, transport fragile possessions personally so they aren't entrusted to a moving company. Along those lines, transport valuable possessions, such as jewelry, personally if theft is a concern. At the very least, keep a careful inventory.
- If buying new construction, always tour model homes, preferably with an agent and ideally with an inspector who can highlight quality issues. If possible, visit a future neighbor's home to talk about any construction-related concerns they've experienced since moving in.
- Always confirm dates a day or two in advance to make sure everyone is still on schedule. That includes pick-up and delivery dates for moving companies, closing dates, and move-in dates.
Reading consumer reviews about real estate will help you to get ready for a home buying season.
PissedConsumer.com is a premier consumer advocacy group, featuring consumer reviews and complaints in a social networking environment. The company uses online tools to publicize reviews and complaints filed by consumers on the Internet. In addition, the website offers a set of free tools necessary to bring customer disputes to a fast and successful resolution, including a consumer complaint letter generator and collection of consumer tips and advice in the site’s consumer advocacy section.
For more information about PissedConsumer.com or consumer complaints related to real estate and moving companies please visit PissedConsumer.com or contact Joanna Simpson at 262-674-6466.
Joanna Simpson, Media Relations
Consumer Opinion LLC
1930 Village Center Circle #3-6853
Las Vegas, NV 89134