The scam: You arrive in a strange city eager to nab a good deal on your new home. You find the perfect spot, sign the papers, pay your money, and move in. On your second day in your new bedroom, construction on a new interstate exit begins, just beyond your back fence.
How to Avoid It: When you’re new in town, it’s extra important to educate yourself about a neighborhood—its past, present, and future. Talk to the local city councillor, do Internet searches for news on the location, and talk to as many potential neighbors as possible before you buy.