Hey Wintergreen, I want to buy your house!

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Real Estate Agent with AgentOwned Realty, Heritage Group, Inc.

Wintergreen LetterOne day last week by husband brought me in an envelope from the mail.  My name as it appears on the tax records (different last name) was on the envelope.  The envelope was also greeting card size, hand written addresses, Fantastic Four stamp and an American Flag sticker on the envelope.  Out of curiosity, I opened it to find two yellow note pad sheets folded in half. 

The pages contained a hand written letter in very neat penmanship.  The letter had my address on it and stated that they understood I owned the property based upon tax records available online.  Hey the guy was writing to me because he and his wife wanted to buy a home in my area.  It also said he wasn't in the habit of sending out letters to people.  He said he was ready to make a fair offer for my property and to call an 800 number if I was interested in selling. 

Does this letter sound familiar to anyone?  Being a Realtor®, I just had to call that 800 number.  Guess what, the phone was answered by the answering machine and it was a business.  I was not surprised, but I had to wonder, if you start out the letter under false pretenses, would I ever deal with you?   

Soon my door bell chimed and a neighbor came over with the letter.  I explained it was a company looking to purchase homes.  Don't know for sure, but probably one that buys homes at a substantial discount and then rents or resells them. 

If you are thinking about selling your home, beware of these letters and companies.  By all means, call and ask questions if you are interested.  Beware though when they begin to ask what your home is worth, what you want for it and what you owe on it, they are more than likely looking for a bargain price to purchase it at.

Get their best offer and then give me a call, I will be glad to sit down and talk with you about what your house is worth.  I can also provide a break down of the costs associated with selling your home.  I provide this for free with no strings attached.  You deserve the best when you sell your home and I work to help you get exactly that.   

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TC

Wow!  Ginger, I got the same letter in Conway, AR!!!!  Same people!  My husband and I tried to call the number, and we reached an answering service for Doorbell Ventures.  We didn't leave a price for our house, so I'm wondering if they'll ever call us back.  Hmmm...  I think I'll also call their chiropractic office and see if I can get more information. 

Aug 27, 2008 01:34 PM #9
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Ronnie Mitchell

I got a letter in the mail stating almost the same thing but with a local phone number 501-329-4663 was the number when i called was asked almost the same questions, and it was an answering service. the letter said. Dear Ronnie, Ki my name is sammy and my wifes name is barbara we're looking to buy a house in the area and we were wondering if you property at ( my address) is for sale. if so please give me a call at (501)329-4663. is this a scam??????

Jan 21, 2009 09:24 AM #10
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Ronnie Mitchell

i do live in Conway AR.

Jan 21, 2009 09:26 AM #11
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Kim Peasley-Parker
AgentOwned Realty, Heritage Group, Inc. - Sumter, SC

I don't know if it is a scam.  I think they are fishing for people who really need to sell their house and might be in financial hardships or they are trying to get properties at a reduced price.  I never persued it far enough to find out more.  I didn't want to give them my phone number so they could start to call me.

Jan 22, 2009 05:34 AM #12
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ronnie mitchell

the phone number that i gave was the one on the letter that they sent me.

Jan 25, 2009 11:41 AM #13
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Stephen

I got one of these today. Return address was 28 Place Lane, Greenbrier, AR 72058. Also from Sammy and Barbara. 501-329-3663. The letter is printed from a scan on a color laser printer on notebook paper, with my name, address, and the phone number written with a red pen which bled through (the red toner doesn't bleed through). The address is fake. The lady who answered claimed it wasn't a company but a private investor named Sammy who buys houses. The call was auto-transferred when I dialed the number. I'll be contacting the Attorney General's Office and Channel 7 tomorrow as this really seems like a scam and I don't like getting creepy letters at my home.

Feb 18, 2009 01:23 PM #14
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Maumelle

I received the same exact letter in Maumelle, AR yesterday. 

Feb 19, 2009 11:24 AM #15
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ed

i got the same letter as Stephen, for some property i have that doesn't have an address, i would call your county tax office and complain, as they release and make money off information they sell with tax payors records, i am also going to contact the state attorney generals office and also let them know so they can keep a record of complaints, as this could be a part of some predatory lending scheme.

Mar 05, 2009 02:22 AM #17
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John

Ditto- I live in NLR, AR and received the same letter from "Sammy" with the same address in Greenbriar and the same phone number as listed for "Doorbell Ventures". I have a background in real estate and rental property, and I seriously doubt this is a legit investor. In all seriousness, I think it is likely someone suffering from an odd delusion or mental disorder of some kind. Does make for an uncomfortable situation, but anyone can pull up tax records since it's public info. Unfortunatley for some people, access to quasi-private info creates a sense of empowerment. Probably nothing to worry about unless Sammy shows up on your doorstep drunk at 2am.

Mar 05, 2009 12:42 PM #18
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Kim Peasley-Parker
AgentOwned Realty, Heritage Group, Inc. - Sumter, SC

In our county anyone can look up the tax records online and with a little computer knowledge can put them in an excel spreadsheet and do a mail merge.  I don't think our county sells this information, but rather other companies do the above and sell the mailing lists.  I have not had any more of these letters, but obviously it is still happening in other parts of the country.

Mar 14, 2009 01:49 AM #19
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Randa

I am just letting others know that I just received the same letter from Sammy and his wife Barbara interested in buying houses in the area. That area happens to be in Sherwood. The envelope has the Greenbriar address. When I performed a reverse search on the phone number 501-329-4663, it came back as Doorbell Ventures out of Conway, AR. Something just didn't seem right. Therefore, I tossed it in the trash.

Apr 14, 2009 11:31 AM #20
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Sissy Daubenheyer

I got the same exact letter today and I am so glad I found this blog because the letter really creeped me out. I was starting to worry if someone was going through my mailbox. The letter I received was from Sammy and had the exact same address and phone number as those listed in previous posts.

Apr 18, 2009 01:20 PM #21
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Nixxmom

I got the exact same letter in the mail today and my 16 year old recognized it as a scam.  Then I googled the number and found this page.  I'm going to call "Sammy" tomorrow and try to find out as much information as I can so I can post it here to warn others.   It creeped me out to get a personal letter with my name on it like this one.  I think its a shady practice and I hope that with enough people complaining, we can get them to stop!

Apr 28, 2009 05:31 PM #22
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Rachel

I got the same letter as all the above Arkansas people. The funny thing is that I don't even own the property, I rent. So it can't be off tax records because my name should have NO link to this address in those files. I moved into this house in October of 2008, so I haven't been there long.

Apr 29, 2009 04:48 AM #23
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Bonnie

Our neighbor & I both recieved the same letter from Sammy & Barbara; phone # 501-329-4663.  If we were wanting to sell our home, we'd list it with a reputable agent!

May 25, 2009 05:25 AM #24
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consowelo

I got the same letter!!!!!!!

May 30, 2009 07:11 AM #25
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Sarah
It's a marketing ploy taken from the yellowletterscomplete.com. Interesting read.
Jan 18, 2010 03:20 AM #26
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Sarah
It's a marketing ploy taken from the yellowletterscomplete.com. Interesting read.
Jan 18, 2010 03:21 AM #27
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Elizabeth

I received a letter today from Tommy and Tara Warren, stating they would like to $BUY$ my house and they wanted me to give them a call back at a local number. When I called the number back it immediately went to a voicemail and then connected me to a receptionist, who informed me that Tommy and his wife are private investors. The receptionists told me they sent out letters to people and asked if I wanted to be removed from the mailing list and I told her yes, but she wanted the correct spelling of my name before getting off the phone,so I just hung up.

Mar 16, 2011 07:05 PM #28
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virtual assistant

it is just private investors trying to buy houses.  if you don't like the letter THROW IT AWAY!  it is not a SCAM and there is nothing illegal they are doing.  come on guys, just grow up!

Jul 26, 2011 10:31 AM #29
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