Many apps claim to be able to help you if you ever find yourself in a potentially dangerous situation, but the problem is typically you are most likely not going to be able to use them in a real-life situation.  Well, Forewarn is different as it allows you to look up any person in the United States based on their phone number (or you can use the search form to locate them by name, age range, location, etc.) and within seconds verify if that person has any criminal history (tickets, crimes, (561) 757-4551etc.), bankruptcy or lien filings, what major assets (vehicles, properties, etc.) they’ve owned and more.

This information can be invaluable in helping you determine if this person you are planning to meet up with (ex. property showing or listing consultation appointment) is potentially a dangerous person (as violent criminals are typically repeat offenders) or who they claim to be (ex. someone wanting to look at a luxury property that doesn’t have the financial assets to support it).  And the key is you do all of this before you agree to meet with the person which can hopefully ensure you don’t meet up with a potentially dangerous person unprepared or alone or give a potential whale the attention they deserve.

Check out this webinar we did with Forewarn to learn more about the service:

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  • Pros : - Quickly lookup any person by phone number, name, location, age range, etc. in the US - Criminal record history - Residence history - Major asset (property & vehicle) history - Identify potentially dangerous people before agreeing to meet with them in real life - Identify if someone has the financial equity they are claiming to have before agreeing to meet with them in real life
  • Cons : - Public record searches are not always 100% up-to-date or accurate - Many violent criminals do not always have criminal records - Crimes on real estate professionals are not always committed as crimes of passion/opportunity by career criminals - You need to be careful how to utilize the information gained from this tool to ensure you don't alter your level of customer service or create any fair housing infractions - If purchased for yourself (not part of a partner market), it can be a bit expensive $20/mo