I am trying to find out if a property consultant in London is genuine (selling property in US)
State/Country relating to question: United Kingdom
searched the internet
Hello Jacustomer,There are many scammers in the international property market, so it's good that you are being careful. So that I can better assist you, please tell me the name of the consultant and his business.Also tell me how you found him and what he's told you that you will have to do. I can tell you this much right now however: if you're in the UK and he tells you that there is no way he can let you or a person you know and trust acting as agent on your behalf inspect the premises, unless you put down any money first, you should not touch this deal with a barge pole.FranL41085.0479149306
Hello Valerie,The best way to see if the company is for real is to check it out with Companies House and see if you get a hit. If it's a business in the UK, as you probably already know, it's meant to be on the registry. The closest I can find to a business by the name of your realtor is a Dxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, which is inxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxYou can see those details here.That really pretty much says it all. I am a US attorney and not a UK solicitor, but it's my understanding that an up front fee in a real estate transaction is generally unlawful. In the US, the broker does not get his fee until the closing. I don't know into whose account you paid the deposit but if it's not an escrow account in the name of someone you've appropriately vetted, it looks to me that you may have been scammed. If so, you will probably not findxxxxxxxxx, when you want to get your money back. In which case, you should report this fraud to your local law enforcement as well as to Action Fraud.I'm terribly sorry to be the bearer of bad news.
18+ years of NYS litigation experience.
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