There's only one thing better than a lead on a $800,000 property and that's a ready, willing and able BUYER for an $800,000 property. So when I get the lead and they've shown that their Ready Willing and Able to buy a house they've never seen in a not so popular spot for high end homes red flags go off.
Off course I get enough inquiries on homes to know when a question comes through that's out of the ordinary. So when I see this come through about a particular property "Hello I would like to formally make an offer of $780,000 for this property. Kindly get back to me ASAP if my offer would be accepted by the sellers. Thanks Kin." I know that it's way out of the ordinary.
So being a professional Realtor who takes my job seriously I decide to see why he wants to make an offer. Has he seen the home before? I then get this response:
I have been to the area last year and liked the location.
Understand that I and my wife are OK with pictures and information we have seen so far as we would like to initiate the purchase process from China before we arrive USA before the end of next month.
This for we would not like to lose the property.
I am in China at the moment and hope to be in USA next month.
The home would be a cash buy as I have attached a scanned copy of my bank statement for your reference.
My contact information is
Address: unit 45 Liwaili Apartment, Futong West Street, Chaoyang, Beijing, China
I would like to settle an up front deposit of $15,000 and close Early June.
Kindly get back to me with the next step in accord.
This is obviously not a real buyer, but his scanned bank statement was so funny I almost spit coffee all over my keyboard when I opened it. See below. Click on it for a larger version. Is this guy looking to buy your properties too?