Desperate divorcees could be vulnerable to quick house sale deals

Divorce|News|April 18th 2013

Protect your houseAn investigation has been launched today into firms which offer rapid sales deals to homeowners, in response to concerns they may be exploiting vulnerable divorcees and other people under financial pressure.

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has approached more than 50 firms offering quick property purchases, often for less than the full market value, seeking  details of the businesses. The OFT has also asked members of the public to submit their experiences of companies operating in the sector.

Some firms offer to buy the homes in as a little as seven days. The regulator said homeowners under financial pressure after a sudden change in circumstances such as divorce could be misled as to the real value of their homes.

OFT Senior Director for Goods and Consumers Cavendish Elithorn said. “Businesses offering quick house sales may provide a useful service for homeowners who need to unlock cash in a hurry. However, they are often used by consumers in vulnerable situations and therefore we are concerned about the risk of consumers…losing out on large sums of money.”

The blog team at Stowe is a group of writers who share their advice on the wellbeing and emotional aspects of divorce or separation from personal experience. Guest contributors also regularly contribute to share their knowledge.

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  1. Rob says:

    Good post, it’s important people are aware of their options

    A quick homebuyer or fast sale company aren’t always the best choice.

    I would always recommend if a buyer has time on their side to consider estate agents, auctions, even online marketing the property themselves. It’s all about trying to find the best buyer for their needs

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