How Do I Research a Flippa Buyer?

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Before you make a bid or offer for property at Flippa, do your research.

It’s up to you to ensure that you’re confident to deal with the buyers of the properties you sell.

How can you feel confident selling property to someone you’ve never met, who may live in a different country, or speak a different language? Research!

These tools and techniques will help you gather information on the buyers you meet here.

On-site Research

  • View the buyer’s profile.

  • Find out how long they’ve been registered with Flippa. If they’re new, you’ll need to do extra legwork to ensure you’re confident in dealing with them.

  • Review the buyer's feedback ranking.

  • Ask questions about the buyer and their intentions before you accept their bid or offer.

  • Private Message the buyer and ask for their phone number so you can call them to discuss the property. If they won’t give you their contact details, you may trouble dealing with, or trusting them.

  • Private message the buyer before accepting their bid to gauge their interest and responsiveness.

  • Check to see whether the buyer emails you consistently from the same address. If they use a number of addresses, they may be hard to contact if something goes wrong.

Off-site Research

  • Google the name of the buyer and any other properties they own.

  • Skype or call the buyer to discuss the deal.

  • RipOffReport is a good place to check whether the buyer has been mentioned in any scams.

  • Pacer.gov may reveal details of any legal action taken against the buyer.

  • If the buyer is local, or the value of the transaction is large, arrange to meet with them to discuss the details of the property.

  • Ask for the buyer’s social networking usernames, if they’re not included in the buyer’s Flippa profile. View their activity on social networks to get an idea of who they are and how they deal with people.

  • Request that the buyer sends you a photocopy of their license, passport, or a utility bill that shows their full name and address as proof of identity.

  • Visit other sites that the buyer owns to get a feel for the way they operate.

  • Check the About pages of those sites to find out more about the buyer.

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