Buyer Beware

12 May, 2019

More and more “third party” sites are posting or allowing postings of false or misleading information which is at best “deceiving” to the public. Sites which are not regulated create frustration or cause “financial loss” to the buying public.

One example is the site “Zillow” (Ripoff Report). I do not normal address directly any report or reports, however in this case I personally had a client ripped off by information posted on Zillow.

 the rental scam






My seller (looking for a rental property) decided to try to save some money and search online for a rental property for temporary housing after we sold her home. She went to Zillow and contacted the owner directly. The “owner” convinced my client (a very savvy person) to send them money to secure the property. A few days before she was to move into the rental… She discovered that the property did not belong to the person she had talked to. She was scammed and ripped off thousands of dollars not to mention the stress of having to find an alternative in a very short period of time so she could be out of the home she was selling by the contract closing date.

As a professional realtor… I see properties listed on these sites stating that or “indicating” they are from the “MLS” (the Multiple Listing Service) which are no where to be found on the MLS. Legitimate sites are regulated by our local boards for accurate information and follow local real estate laws.

I hope you will consider this and shop responsibly.



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