If a vehicle exists where someone can scam you out of money someone will exploit that avenue. On the other hand, call a REALTOR. We adhere to a Code of Ethics that establishes obligations that may be higher than those mandated by law and in any instance where the Code of Ethics and the law conflict, the obligations of the law take precedence.
So REALTORS have integrity and as in any field, there will be a bad apple in the barrel that taints the entire lot.
So call a realtor. I use a website that links straight to our MLS so the data you get today is the same data I receive. These internet sites may contain what you think is current data but most of the data is out dated.
A bunch of calls I receive from this site and the other sites scattered across the Internet are on homes that have already sold or are pending close. The homes in question may have been up for sale in the past but are still listed for sale here because the system may not have updated the data correctly.
I hope this helps... thanks