I am a realtor and smart zip came to me at a company meeting saying that they have a formula that can detect sellers in a farm. They said they do a direct mailer to a percentage of my 2500 person farm.
They said that this mathematical formula will target people in my farm who is most likely to sell.
This is not true, they just send random postcards to different people in my farm hoping to get lucky.
I paid alot of money for this service and it was a big rip off!
I highly recommend you do not use their service!!!!!!!
Buying a home is one of the most stressful experiences out there—in fact, nearly 70% of people who have bought or sold a house report finding it more stressful than having a baby, changing jobs, or getting married,according to a survey. And why not? After all, this is the largest purchase that most of us will ever make, and a huge chunk of your life savings are on the line.
Of course, all that cash is likely to attract some shady characters hoping and even plotting for ways to take advantage of you. And all that stress could just cause you to ignore warning signs. That’s why even people whoshould know better sometimes fall for real estate scams.
Having a savvy real estate agent at your side can help reduce the chances you’ll fall prey to one of these real estate scams. But you should also know for yourself the dangers that lie out there for unwary home buyers—and how to outwit them.
Real estate scam No. 1: You transfer funds to a fraudster
You’ve done your shopping, you’ve made your offer; and it’s time to put your money where your mouth is. At least you think that’s what you’re doing, but when you respond to an emailed request to send money to this account or that person, it winds up someplace else—perhaps someplace far, far away.
Outwit it: Cybercrime can hit any industry, and real estate is no exception, says Amy Mizner, principal of Boston-based Benoit Mizner Simon & Co. Real Estate.
She recommends that buyers only respond to a verbal request for a wire transfer, rather than an email, and that they always consult their agent when proceeding with any step in the transaction.
Real estate scam No. 2: You’re renting a home that doesn’t exist
Wait, what? But you can see it online, and it’s spectacular. Nice neighborhood, huuuuuge backyard! Sorry; that house might indeed have those features, but it’s not actually available.
Here’s how this racket works: The scammer “borrows” the address and photos from a vacant home listed for sale and creates a bogus home-for-rent ad online, explains Tom Hume of the Hume Group in Tacoma, WA.
When you ask to meet the supposed landlords, the answer is that they’re out of the country and can only communicate via email; sometimes, the scammers will use a phone call to draw you in. They ask you to send a deposit and rental payment to their overseas P.O. box, and tell you that the key is hidden on the property, or they’ll send you the code to the door once they have your funds.
Surprise! Never going to happen.
Outwit it: Before you fall in love with the home, make sure that you are speaking with the rightful owner of the property or an established property manager by conducting an online records search. You can start with a simple Google search of the property address or go to the county website. Many states also have searchable online databases, some of which track owners’ names, or you can use a free service like CourthouseDirect.com, which can provide relevant information for that property.
In a similar scenario, a bad actor could be renting out a foreclosed home, pocketing your rent money and forcing you to relocate when the bank comes calling. All foreclosure notices are filed with the county clerk’s office, so pay a visit to see if you can determine if the house is at any stage of the foreclosure process, suggests Paul Cones, president of CourthouseDirect.com.
If you’re local, make sure you drive by the house and do a little door knocking. Neighbors often know quite a bit about the house; and, bonus, if it’s for real, you’ve just met a potential neighbor! Above all, never ever send a cashier’s check overseas without doing your homework, Hume says. (And that’s good advice for any life situation.)
Real estate scam No. 3: The moving company holds your items hostage
You’ve found your ideal house, and you’re ready to go. But moving is such a hassle, and you just don’t have time to research moving companies. So, you retain the cheapest one that grabs your attention. Unfortunately, after driving off with your stuff, the movers decide that they’d like a little more cash for their trouble, and hold your belongings hostage until you pay way more than they originally quoted, explains Mike Glanz, the CEO of HireAHelper. It’s essentially ransom.
Outwit it: This scam is so prevalent that it’s listed on a U.S. Department of Transportation site called Protect Your Move. As you might imagine, the best prevention is to conduct due diligence to ensure that your mover is registered and insured, and that you have a written estimate. Your best bet is to have a representative from the moving company check out your stuff in person before drawing up the estimate.
If you’re moving locally, Glanz recommends decoupling the moving labor from the transportation; instead of hiring a full-service moving company, you can hire hourly moving laborers to load and unload a rented moving truck.
“This approach allows consumers to stay in control of their belongings at all times, since they are driving their own rental truck,” Glanz points out, adding that this approach typically offers substantial cost savings as well.
Real estate scam No. 4: ‘I’ll sell your home or buy it myself’
This is a bait-and-switch gimmick that many less-than-scrupulous real estate agents use to get new clients.
This is simply a tactic to win appointments, says Ryan Hoffman, real estate broker at Leverage Real Estate in Albany, NY. He says that these programs come wrapped up in a bundle of stipulations that most homeowners would never agree to, such as a required asking price determined by the agent, pre-determined price drops every 30 days, a requirement to buy a new home through this agent, and possibly only from homes listed with their firm. The agent’s offer to buy the home if it doesn’t sell is typically well below market value.
“When home sellers realize they would never agree to these terms, the agent switches the tone to, ‘OK, fine, let’s just list the home the standard way,’” Hoffman says.
Outwit it: “If it sounds too good to be true…” Well, you know how that phrase ends. However, if you do fall prey to the sales shtick, and the terms don’t meet your approval, just don’t sign up this person as a listing agent. Got it?
Reported By: Someone who will never recommend her — The Villages Florida USA
Wendy Sudberg RE/MAX Premier Realty Contractual Breaches Realtor The Villages Florida
Sudberg entered 12 month management agreement with our property management company (The VIR Group) on May 21st, 2017 to list her own property on Tall Pine Lane.
She DEMANDED termination on June 12th, 2017. More than 11 months before her agreement ended.
Sudberg got upset when we refused to let her breach her contract.
Sudberg is still in contract with us until May 21st, 2018.
Sudberg then proceeded to restrict our access to the property by removing the locks on the property without our knowledge or consent.
Guests are already booked into her home and she wanted to contact them directly and steal the clients from us and take the money directly. These poor guests will now have nowhere to stay on their vacation. Many of whom are so excited about coming to sunny Florida and The Villages to start their retirement. How awful is that to deprive them of that ability?
We advised Sudberg that we would enforce our contract however we needed to, including getting our Attorney involved. [continued below]….
…..She said “fine, I’ll get mine involved too”.
Sudberg is a realtor covering The Villages, FL. She works for REMAX Premier Realty in The Villages. FL Real Estate license number SL3342133. A Realtor should know that a contract is binding.
Bearing in mind she is so willing to breach her own contracts I don’t know how anyone could want to use her as a Realtor.
Scammers who knowingly violate NC laws and who retaliated after I explained that their lease contained provisions that were not legally binding.
I applied. I was approved. They demanded immediate payment of 1st month rent & told me that they would give me the lease 2 sign AFTER I paid the 1st month rent. This is unethical (& probably illegal). I asked for a copy of the lease & was told that they don’t give out copies of the lease (even to applicants who were approved) until AFTER they get the 1st month rent. (BIG RED FLAG THAT THIS COMPANY IS UNETHICAL.)
They agreed to give me a copy of the lease which contained many inserted provisions that violated NC law 42-42(b) — specifically, they required the tenant to perform maintenance for free which is illegal. When I told them that these provisions were not legally binding and I agreed to sign the lease even without any changes (changes to the lease were not necessary since terms that are not legally binding can never be enforced even if I signed the lease with the terms included), they retaliated and suddenly rejected my application on the false accusation that they would not comply with my “demands”.
I made no demands. I simply pointed out the non-binding provisions of the lease.
RE Hunter is the real estate agent and he actually believes his own lies so there is no way to expect this company to act legally or ethically.
I signed up for their service for $110 a month with a 2 month contract for buyer and seller leads. All the leads were suppose to be verified via email and phone.
They sent me leads 2-3 times a week, but not a single lead was worth any of my time. None of them returned my calls or my emails. I called and emailed every lead that was sent to me, and NONE of them responded. When I brought this to their attention they kept reffering me to their “glowing” reviews from past agents/clients.
They also sent leads to foreclosure properties or pre-foreclosure properties with an option to submit offers. I spoke to one of the banks on a foreclosed vacant lot and they said the property hadn’t been in their control for over 5 years!! So Realty Brgains is sending out “quality” 5 year old leads!! What a waste of time and money.
When I tried to cancel they told me I hadn’t done it before the next billing cycle, my billing cycle started on the 10th of the month. I cancelled on the 27th of the month but then was told it had to be 30 days prior. None of this was ever told to me, all it said was before the next billing cycle.
This is the biggest waste of your time and money. They have shitty customer service, and are overll just a bunch of crooks who provide nothing in return.
Padspin is a complete and total fraudulent company! They violated the language in their agreement by guaranteeing that the owner would be responsible for all application fees for the co-op. I have a voice recording of The owner instructing me to go out in a blizzard to give $1000 cash to a family friend, to put that towards the apartment application fee. Soooo SHADY!! I canceled my order within 24 hours of my conversation with the owner due to the dueling messages that were being sent. Padspin was guaranteeing that the tenant would not pay any fees and the owner was telling me that I was responsible for the fees. Additionally, The site’s home page states “Padspin’s service cost $400, which you only pay if you sign a lease” is a further proof of fraud. I never signed a lease and was still charged $400! This guy Jeffrey Segal and his “company” (if you can call it that) “paddling” are a total scam! Avoid at all costs! He promises you “no fees” and then kills you with a $400 tab regardless of the fact that he doesn’t find you an apartment . HORRIBLE! I’ve lived in New York City for 15 years and dealt with so many realtors and real estate companies and this is by far the most disgusting fraudulent company I’ve ever encountered in New York .
Brandon Schmidt of RE/MAX Chay Realty in Barrie, Ontario, Canada L4N 9J2 Brandon Schmidt of RE/MAX Chay Realty in Barrie, Ontario, Canada L4N 9J2 Brandon Schmidt of RE/MAX Chay Realty in Barrie, Ontario, Canada, is scammer, thief, liar and one of the most dishonest and inhumane people I have ever had the nightmare of coming into contact with. Barrie Ontario
STAY AWAY FROM THIS CROOK. Brandon Schmidt of RE/MAX Chay Realty in Barrie, Ontario, Canada, L4N 9J2, is scammer, thief, liar and one of the most dishonest and inhumane people I have ever had the nightmare of coming into contact with. This crook listed my elderly uncle’s house for less than what the market value demanded in a very hot market . Brandon Schmidt did not list the house on the multiple listing service and instead drafted an exclusive listing because he claimed he had his own buyer. Basically, this was nothing more than a pocket listing. Brandon Schmidt brought a low-ball offer of agreement of purchase and sale to my elderly uncle and badgered my elderly uncle to sign it. My uncle called me and I immediately drove over put an end to this scam . We discovered that Brandon’s purported buyer was not arms length. The purported buyer was Brandon Schmidt cousin. BEWARE AND STAY AWAY FROM THIS CROOK Also operates out of the Barrie Office RE/MAX Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage 152 Bayfield Street, Barrie, ON L4M 3B5