Real estate scammers hit Tucson amid the boom in home sales

TUCSON (KVOA) – The real estate market in southern Arizona is booming. If you’re selling a home, you’re in luck. But when you are the buyer, you need to think quickly and be the first.

Buying a home can be stressful, especially in Tucson where demand is high but supply is low.

Sean Herdrick of the Better Business Bureau in southern Arizona said real estate fraud happens all the time. For example, a scammer will ask for money or gift cards in advance to see the house.

Herdrick said it was also important to ensure that the brokers you work with are truly licensed brokers.

“We have seen a house for sale so many times that you care and pay a little money to hold your place or make sure you are,” he said. “The house may not even exist, not be on the market, or not be for sale at all.”

If you think you are being scammed, contact the Better Business Bureau and report it on

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