Wooton Bassett, United Kingdom, February 14, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- Quick Move Now (www.quickmovenow.com) company has published a guide (www.quickmovenow.com/charter.html) to help consumers avoid being ripped off by unscrupulous quick sale operators. Quick Move, the largest in its field, said that the risk has never been greater to home-owners pointing to an unstable housing market and a bewildering list of operators keen to cash in on the misfortune of others.
“In a recent search, we counted as many as 150 business promising to buy-up properties quickly for cash. In an unregulated industry, it’s hard to tell who are the rogue operators and who aren’t,” said Quick Move’s Managing Director, Hywel Luke. “We are not tarnishing everyone with the same brush, but we are aware of some horror stories and we want to help consumers through the minefield,” he added.
Quick Move has today published its own charter in its bid to set ethical and fair standards in the quick sale sector. Within its own guidelines, Quick Move asks consumers to be wary of one-man-band operators who may only advertise their mobile number, to take out credit reports and to watch out for ‘cowboys’ who make an offer without even seeing the property.
The Quick Move guide warns against ‘middle-men’ operators who do not have funds at all. Many are too-good-to-be-true and are merely an introducer to individual opportunistic investors only interested in what’s in it for them personally.
Recent statistics show that an estimated 80,000 transactions per year are carried out on the Quick Sale Market. However, there is also vast financial gain to be had from the industry, and a growing number of fly-by-night companies are cropping up, looking to prey on homeowners in financial difficulty.
According to Quick Move, some will promise to give home owners a valuation within 24 hours, but often these will just be estimates or ‘drive-bys’ and may end up receiving much less – sometimes as little as 68 per cent of the property value.
Luke added: “we wanted to highlight the need for the industry to be regulated in a bid to flush out cowboy operators and to protect consumers from selling their home to less reputable companies. Consumers would be much more aware of small print, scams and hidden charges if official guidelines were produced for the industry. We believe that our charter will encourage others to follow suit and provide a better level of service for homeowners.
“We urge homeowners to refer to our charter as a guide for selling their home to a quick sale company. If the company doesn’t meet all of the guidelines, the chances are they are not worth the risk of doing business with.”
About Quick Move Now
Quick Move Now (http://www.quickmovenow.com) is a house buying company that began trading in 1998 and has developed rapidly, establishing Quick Move Now as the leading house sale company in the UK. Annually Quick Move Now help over 400 people move home. Quick Move Now work closely with both individuals and companies, meeting the needs of everyone and every situation.
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