Tip One: Always make sure your address is current with the property appraiser andtax collector!

Tip Two: Check monthly the property appraiser website to make sure your name still appears as owner!

Tip Three: Always hire a reliable title company like Independence Title to do the research when buying a house!

Tip Four: When owning real estate check with your attorney about holding title in a trust for better protection!

Tip Five: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is, do better homework!

Tip Six: Always make sure the the name on the identification being used matches the name on the contract.

Tip Seven: If offered a quit claim deed make sure to research where the deed came from!

Tip Eight: Never, Never give anyone money for a house without using an escrow agent or title company as protection!

Tip Nine: Be wary of strangers and unsolicited contact when buying or selling real estate.

Tip Ten: Get referrals for real estate and mortgage professionals. Check the licenses of the industry professionals with state, county, or city regulatory agencies.

Tip Eleven: Understand what you are signing and agreeing to. If you do not understand the contract and other documents, seek assistance from an industry professional.

Tip Twelve: Never sign any documents that contain blanks. This leaves you vulnerable to fraud.

Finally.... Never, ever buy real estate without a title insurance policy from a reputable company!

Real Estate Tips to Avoid Fraudulent Activity