How to Sell your House in 5 Days Scam

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I came across this story today on Realty today. If the author of the Blog had not actually been in the middle of this story, I never would have believed it. This is his first hand account of how a house, in a nice neighborhood, on Craig's list claiming it must sell in 5 days or the sellers will lose it to foreclosure. The house was priced about 20% below the neighborhood norm.  Even though the author thinks it is too good to be true, he plays along, only to find out it really was a scam.  Read the details here.

Scott Ficek is a Realtor with Keller Williams Integrity in Minneapolis and helps new and seasoned investors buy and own investment property in Minnesota. He owns and manages almost 30 investment property units from single family to multi-family. Find his website at or receive his blog via your RSS Feed or in your Email.

Comments (7)

Sean Schroeder
Century 21 - Virginia Beach, VA
Century 21 top producers
The fake agent should be reported to State and have fake license revoked by a fake court!
Nov 01, 2007 02:35 PM
Rebecca Savitski
BSR Real Estate Group - Cary, NC
NC Real Estate Listings
Buyers love the thought of buying an investment property. They get excited when they find a property 20% undervalue and then they start to overbid. I see it all the time.
Nov 01, 2007 02:43 PM
Ben Edsall
Turn-Key Properties LLC, Missouri and Kansas Real Estate - Kansas City, MO

Interesting, I looked up the law in the state of Missouri after reading a synopsis of the how to sell your home in 5 days or less book. The state of MO forbids anyone besides a licensed auctioneer to advertise or perform an auction. So these wanna-be unlicensed agents may be breaking the law. Check the law in your state but I know I can't do that here.

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Nov 01, 2007 02:44 PM
Danielle V. Lewis
DDR Realty - Newburgh, NY
DDR Realty
It's amazing what the human mind can come up with to ruin others.
Nov 01, 2007 02:51 PM
Heather the Realtor Orlando, Lake Mary
LemonTree Realty - Orlando, FL
First Time Home Buyers, Bank Owned Homes
Wow thanks for posting that. It's so easy for people to pray on others looking for a deal especially in this market, it's sad, plus it gives us a bad name.
Nov 01, 2007 03:03 PM
Cris Burlew
Beach & Luxury Realty, Inc. - Saint Pete Beach, FL
Broker ~ St Pete Beach FL Real Estate
Unbelievable! If I were the author of that article, I would be filing a complaint with the State for unlicensed activity both as an agent and possible auctioneer. Thanks for the heads up on this scam as I'm sure we will be seeing a lot of this in the very near future!
Nov 01, 2007 04:19 PM
Allen C. Wright
RealtyU - Aliso Viejo, CA
Amazing what people will do for LEAD GENERATION ... no wonder she is un-licensed.
Nov 16, 2007 05:25 AM