PROPERTY NEWS - For those who are about to start the house hunting process, it will be helpful to have a copy of your ID on hand when you arrange a viewing appointment. It might be unclear why an estate agent would need to see your proof of identification before you can go and view a property, but this procedure is fast becoming standard practice to guard against potential criminal activity.
"Following several attacks on real estate agents while they were showing their listings to clients, the criteria to view a home have become much stricter. Buyers should not be alarmed if their real estate agent asks for a copy of their ID before agreeing to meet with them. This is purely a safety measure to screen buyers and to confirm that they are who they say they are," says Adrian Goslett, regional director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa.
To protect both the real estate agent and the seller, Goslett explains that many real estate professionals will also carry a panic button on their person in case they were to encounter a threatening situation while showing the property to buyers. This button will alert a security response team to come to their immediate assistance.
"It is important that South Africans know about this in order to change the perception that real estate agents are potentially easy targets for opportunistic criminals.
"These screening and security precautions are there to ensure the safety of everyone involved in the buying and selling process and will make it much more difficult for criminals to enact their plans.
"Rather than fight an estate agent when they request a copy of your ID, I would encourage buyers to see this as a sign that this real estate agent is a professional who views the safety of their clients as a priority," Goslett advises.
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