It seems like every time I'm involved in a vacant land transaction, funny stuff happens. Stuff that makes me wonder about whether or not the other side is on the up and up.
The last two transactions I've had, I've been the listing agent. I've learned to Google buyers and agents just to make sure I'm on top of everything.
But the website I most love to use, for its sheer ability to shine a bright light on "funny business"(to put it kindly), is the state Department of Revenue website. I especially love the Business/License search tool.
With this tool, I can find out many interesting things. I can find out if a buyer submits a loan letter from a fake business entity. I can find out if the buyer submits bids for work that needs to be done, actually owns the company that is providing the bid that, lo and behold, reach the maximum dollar amount allowed in the holdback.
When people try to pull something over on me, I can count on the Department of Revenue website to have my back. I guess that's the one good thing about 'em! :)