If you didn’t already know, house hunting in Nairobi is an extreme sport.
There’s nothing wrong with wanting the perfect house and taking as much time as needed to find it. However, some people have made it a business to scam potential homeowners and walking away with their hard earned money. Here are some red flags to look out for.
A common trick by scammers is to make you think that other people are just about to pay the deposit on the house, and that you can beat them to it by paying first. If they keep pressuring you to pay the deposit, especially when you haven’t seen the house, just walk away and save your money. Others will insist that you send them a booking fee before they let you view the house and once you do, they disappear forever.
When house hunting online, it is natural to be drawn to all the pretty pictures, especially when the houses are within your budget. However, some people create fake listings with fake photos of houses to lure unsuspecting house hunters. Others even use photos of already occupied houses and vanish once the deposit has been paid. One way of making sure that the photo used is legit is to do a reverse image search on Google. Remember: if it looks too good to be true, it probably isn’t.