Oops! Marin Broker Bought Land at Tax Auction He Erroneously Thought Was House for $150,000. The Land is Worth Only $4,000
A lesson to all who think they are going to get a screaming deal at real estate auctions!
...after handing over a check for $150,000, Helm was stunned to learn that the photo was of a house next door to the vacant 3,600-square-foot lot he’d actually been bidding on. The lot, which doesn’t even have a water connection, has an assessed value of $4,000, the Marin Independent Journal reports.
We need to set the bar higher folks....starting by not showcasing your ding dong in your listing photos. Never mind the trash can, grandma wallpaper and dated vanity lights. For the love of Pete, put on some clothes! Cover up that Peter please! (NSFW pic here)
This is not fake. This is a real condo for sale for $389,000! Property description :
FOX News Pundit Who Blamed Santa Barbara Shooter's 'Gay Impulses' Worked for COLDWELL BANKER!
Real Lawsuit in Japan! Real Estate Agents Abscond After They Seduce Buyers into Purchasing Homes 40% Over Market Value!
I've heard of buyer's remorse but this is twisted! 2 men & 10 women claim their real estate agents practically seduced them into buying property. Wow, that's a new excuse! They're sayin' they were scammed into thinking they might get married. Honestly folks, matrimony had nothing to do with signing on the dotted line for that house. They made a mistake. Plain and simple. And now they are trying do say their realtor was nothing more than a gigolo! LOL! Jilted Buyers!
A GROUP OF singletons in Japan who claim they were tricked into buying apartments by real estate agents feigning a romantic interest in them launched legal action this week....Once contracts were signed and sealed, the romance disappeared and the estate agent skipped out of the relationship, leaving the new homeowners with the keys to a new front door but not to anyone else’s heart...One victim was persuaded to buy three properties
SHOCK: Twin Peaks House Collapses Down Hill Mid-Remodel...Owner is Ex-Building Inspection Commission President!!
Scary! San Francisco Chronicle reports that a house under renovation has crumbled down Twin Peaks! Something is fishy. The owner is Mel Murphy, "a city port commissioner and a director of the Coalition for Responsible Growth, a political advocacy group funded largely by developers and others with real estate interests." Do you think he was allowed to cut corners?!
UPDATE: Murphy dodged $15,000 in permit fees by lying to the City with a lowball construction estimate! Not fair!!
Two Coldwell Banker Agents Overprice a New Jersey House To Use As Their Secret Sex Den!
Is this what taking a listing means in Jersey?! These two realtors were caught on camera red-handed with their pants down (literally!) by their seller's security cameras. They were doing the nasty several times over weeks! Sellers are suing them for deliberately steering away buyers so they could have a sex playground (ummm, get a motel like a normal person!) and for intentionally over pricing the $650k house so they could continue their secret trysts! Can you believe realtor Lindsay is a former Passaic County Board of Realtors president?! Definitely on Santa's naughty list! Tsk Tsk!
#1 Agent for Coldwell Banker Utah Arrested For Forging Termite Reports! That Bugs Me!
Desert News reports:
"In 2012, Ashworth was named Coldwell Banker's top sales agent for its affiliate offices in Utah. He is also a recipient of the Uintah Basin Board of Realtors Presidential Award.
The award-winning real estate broker has been sentenced for forging federal termite inspection records and other mortgage documents.
On Tuesday, 8th District Judge Clark McClellan sentenced Kyle David Ashworth to serve 14 concurrent terms of up to five years in prison for his convictions on eight counts of forgery and six counts of communications fraud."
Sellers Beware of Fake Realtors Who'll Rob You When You Leave The House During The Showing Appointment!!
Sellers, ask for a business card and alert your listing agent when (alleged) agents call you to show your property. You never know what kinda of whack-a-doo you're letting into your home! It is important to give buyers their own space and time to bond with the house, but it is also acceptable for you to wait outside in your car or across the street at your neighbor's.
From Inman: Two women in Houston posing as a real estate agent and a home buyer conned sellers into leaving their homes for showings so the duo could rob their houses, according to police. One of the schemers was being held in police custody Tuesday, and the other was still at large.
Best Laid Schemes of Mice and...Realtors?! Prudential Luxury Agents Sabotage Rival Property With Dead Mice & Snakes!
SF 'Landlords From Hell' Jailed For Terrorizing Tenants, Fleeing Country & Being Jerks! (She Was A Realtor Too!)
"Million Dollar Listing" Bravo TV Realtor Busted For Photoshopping His Listing! (SMH)
The star of Bravo TV's Million Dollar Listing NY is facing an investigation by the Dept of Real Estate. He had the gall to photoshop his listing to the point it was unrecognizable. Suspicious!!!
News flash: a "little white lie didn't kill anybody", but it certainly gives the rest of us realtors a bad name! Thanks a heap! Luis kinda sorta maybe not really apologized on Bravo TV's blog....Do you accept his apology?
Check out my tip about dissing agents on your blog for RealEstate.com's article 7 Blogging Mistakes Made By Real Estate Agents. (My friend Fred Glick also has a good tip about posting on facebook vs blog)
We Don't Wanna Be a Hater (Cuz We Ain't Like That) But Can You Believe This Agent's Pic of a $995k Listing in SF?!
Somebody needs to have a talk with this agent! Seller should be ticked off too! Unless you are marketing to a hoarder, cluttered blurry pix are not a selling point! This is a $995k property, not a 99 cent junkyard
This real estate agent is actin' a damn fool! He been stealing his competitors' for-sale signs. Geez, is this how they do it in Connecticut?! And here I thought Connecticut was all polite uppity.
Real Estate Columnist Slammed for Writing Up Her Own Home...So Much for Journalistic Integrity. Tsk!
This "writer" should know better! Leah McLaren used her position as a columnist for The Globe & Mail to shamelessly plug her own house that was on the market She featured a glowing flowering review of her property where she stood to make a sale! Leah has been assailed for compromising her journalistic integrity. The Globe & Mail issued an apology...but no word from Leah yet! Not even a peep on her twitter feed?!
This guy in South Carolina had a history of grand theft & fraud in Florida, but he still was able get his real estate license in South Carolina. Guess what? By using his access as a realtor, he started stealing jewelry from homes that were on the market. What a creep! The awful thing is that his criminal record was out in the open, if his brokerage had just bothered to fully vet him. Tsk tsk!! We can do better folks!
You Won't Believe What This Top Realtor Forced His Assistant to Do!! Devil Wears Prada For Real Estate!
NYPost reports real estate NYC broker Jack Terzi is being sued by his assistant because:
This may sound atrocious but I have noticed many top top producers are jerks. They kiss their clients' butt but behind closed doors they enslave their assistants! Assistants: Get out while you can! Anne Hathaway did and so can you!
look that mug...GUILTY!!
Aye carumba! This sneaky snake used religion to lure his Spanish radio listeners into mortgage schemes that totaled over $2M. As a San Francisco pastor & former real estate agent, he offered to help embattled homeowners but in reality put his name on their title or refinanced their house and cashed out! Disgusting! As Maude would say, God'll get you for that!
It seems everyone is on some "real estate team" now. Some are effective, meaning there is clear division of labor and works like well oiled machine. But more often than not, I find teams to be just disorganized. I have to communicate the same conversation 5 times to 5 different people. Many are inexperienced new agents who need to join a team to do any business. Too many hands in the pot leads to no accountability. But then again, if I were them and I had to split my earnings 5 ways, I probably wouldn't be very motivated either...I'm just sayin'!
Predatory or Thoughtful? Your Client Gets a Closing Gift From the OTHER Agent!!
What would you think if you did a deal with another agent, and at the end of the transaction, they gave a closing gift to YOUR client? I'm not talking dinky rubber keychain with their contact info. I'm talking a sweet jaw dropping present.
Is it merely in the spirit of celebration? A kind gesture of congratulations? Or... is it poaching your client?! Back-handed try to steal them?
What would you think/do?!
Amanda Seyfried & her real estate broker boyfriend Justin Huchel just broke up after 1 month of dating! This isn't the first time Amanda has had bad luck with a real estate professional. Her prior beau was NY real estate exec Andrew Joblon who split after 4 months.
Anyone else had trouble dating someone in real estate? Take it from me, it's tough. Income is up and down. Weekends and evenings are devoted to clients. The market is crap now. Sometimes I just wanna flip burgers!
We all can't be married to Bravo TV's Mauricio Umansky! (Kyle Richards, if you are listening, give us advice how you dealt with dating a realtor!)
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