The Guide to Dodging Rentals Scams

Hola expats! Moving to Mexico is an exciting adventure, but let’s be honest – the real estate game here can be tricky. Money talks, and where there’s cash, there’s the potential for scams.

So, listen up because we’ve got the lowdown on avoiding those real estate headaches.

Spotting Bogus Real Estate Pros

Whether buying, selling, or renting, having a solid real estate team is key. But watch out for the wolves in sheep’s clothing – fake agents and lawyers.

These sneaky folks can swipe your hard-earned pesos faster than you can say “Cancun.” Do your homework, people!! Check if your agents are legit and currently licensed. And before you wire any money, make sure the escrow account details match up.

No More Fake Property Visits

Picture this: you’ve set up a visit to your dream casita, but at the last minute, your agent bails.

They suggest the owner will show you around instead, sweetening the deal with a lower price. Sounds fishy, right? That’s because it is. Stick to trusted channels and only roll with agents you’ve double-checked. Don’t be the one left holding the bag with an empty wallet.

Outsmarting Deadline Email Hackers

This one’s a bit more stealthy. So be careful.

Scammers hack into your real estate agent’s email, patiently waiting for the perfect moment to strike. They’ll follow your convo for weeks, and when the finish line is in sight, bam!

You get an email with payment deets. Spoiler alert: it’s the scammer’s bank account, not the real deal. Avoid the trap by laying down the law – insist on discussing payment face-to-face, not over email.

Rental Roulette: Too Good to Be True

Newbies in the rental game, this one’s for you.

Scammers love to prey on our rental ignorance. They’ll sling an ad online with a price that’s too good to be true (because it is). You’ll schedule a visit, but to your surprise, the landlord can’t meet at the property.

They’ll rush you to pay the deposit in cash with the excuse that they have 10 other people ready to rent the place right then and there. They’ll even promise to hand over the keys somewhere else.

Spoiler alert again: those keys won’t unlock anything except your financial woes. Stick to legit listing sites, check the place out IN PERSON before dropping any cash, and if it sounds too good to be true, walk away – fast.

So, there you have it, amigos! This isn’t meant to scare you. This is meant to arm you with knowledge. Stay savvy, and dodge those real estate scams like a pro.

Happy house hunting in Mexico!

Mariana Lange

Mariana Lima-Lange was born in Mexico and immigrated to the U.S. when she was a child. She spent every summer visiting family throughout Mexico and is very knowledgeable about Mexican culture, lifestyle, and traditions. She is fluent in both Spanish and English.

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