Advertising your property for trade through the Internet is very similar to posting a "For Sale by Owner" sign in your yard or placing a classified ad in the newspaper. There is a small risk that a person inquiring about your property would not be a qualified buyer or could be someone you would rather not meet.
It is important to use common sense and follow simple safety precautions when meeting your potential trading partners for the first time.
Exchange as much information as possible over the phone or through email before meeting anyone in person or scheduling house showings. Tips: you might want to ask for the other party's place of employment, personal references or verify the ownership of the property that is offered for trade.
When scheduling a house showing, arrange for a friend or family member to be present. Do not go to a stranger's house alone.
Minimize the risk of potential mishaps when dealing with strangers by employing the services of a real estate agent. Once you have found a possible trading partner on our site, use your agent's help to guide you through the rest of the exchange process, from house showings to buyer qualification to negotiations and the final transaction. In exchange for a sales commission you will enjoy the same level of security as you would in a conventional real estate sale.