You giveaway a lot of personal information when you search for a place to live even more as a broker. I always had a lot of trepidation about revealing things like my previous addresses and my social security number. I was lucky enough to buy into a multiple-listing service. MLS’s offer all kinds of information including who generated the post. I can usually recognize the names of my colleagues now. And I only respond to my favorite colleagues postings. I have enough business through there MLS listings that I don’t have to take chances on random brokers. I’m very glad that I found my service. My colleagues are all around me and make me feel much more at ease. If I had to do this alone I don’t know that I would be so confident. I’m glad that now I have a listing service that shows me who posted as opposed to just some tantalizing listing. I could be showing up to something in the middle of nowhere, and have to deal with residents who don’t want me there. But with a good broker at my side I feel confident.
Social Security numbers are hardly ever needed so only give it out sparingly. But you have to trust these websites and brokers to some extent. When looking for the right flats to rent. The best way to search is anonymously through the online multiple-listing services. They allow you to get in there and see an apartment before you go and waste time driving to it. It also means that the service itself verifies that the apartment is real you can see when it was added how many views the apartment listing has had and all kinds of other information that allow you to determine that this is not some kind of rouse. It has been scary in the past as a young, beautiful, blonds real estate broker to know what types of situations you’re getting into. But if you trust the system you can find the right people.