You are not going to be able to predict the ending of this story

By
Real Estate Broker/Owner with Godzyk Real Estate Services NH License 033394

Are you ready for an adventure? I sure was not. Early on a recent Saturday morning i get a call. It is the neighbor of my newly listed home. The home is vacant. The seller has relocated and put their trust in me to sell it. 

 

I pull up and find 3 moving trucks in front of this Manchester NH area home. There is a battle royal going on WWE STYLE. The 3 different families are ready to move in this home. The problem is, none of them are the buyers.

 

Some "not so local scammer" posted my listing as a rental listing. Put a half price lease amount and searched for those gull-able enough to rent a home they did not see. One that was at a price too good to ever think it was real. AND who would wire money over seas to the scammer for the rent. They were told to arrive early on Saturday to move in.

 

Now the first thing is I am happy I always introduce myself to the neighbors and give them a card. The neighbor "eagle eyed" this and reached out to me and the police. The police soon removed the 3 families just as 2 more pulled up. 

 

Battling "spoofed" listings, aka fake listings online is an ongoing problem for the industry. I place a sign in all my VACANT listings from the inside that "THIS HOME IS NOT FOR RENT". I do get calls every now and then from people who see ads too good to be true that knew enough to research and or question what they see online. 

 

 

FAST FORWARD that the home went under contract within 2 days of listing it. The buyers were very happy with their new home. The seller was very happy with the quick sale. They were also vetry happy that their home was looked after while it was for sale.  The would be renters who called and asked were happy i took time to educate them. Those would be renters that rushed into wiring money also got a lesson. Many embarrassed and sorry for their behavior got resources to help them recover their money.

 

There is a difference from agent to agent.  That a Buyer or Seller should not choose just any agent, choose the BEST agent for the job. My philosophy is simple, provide more personal and professional service to guide my clients through each step of the buying or selling process. All Agents are not created equal and every buyer or seller should take the time to hire the BEST not just the biggest. Those that hire me, find a dedication like no other.

 

To CONTACT Scott Godzyk please call 603.661.2121 or EMAIL: Sctprop@aol.com .

 

About the Author: Scott Godzyk is the Owner/Broker of the Godzyk Real Estate Services in Manchester NH. Proud to be locally owned and operated with 30 years of experience, Scott is a leading Agent for Listing and Selling Homes in this area.We are Full Time Agents ready to serve all of your Real Estate needs. Servicing Hillsborough, Rockingham, Merrimack and Belknap counties. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

The most critical part of Buying or Selling a home is the Agent/Broker you choose. You have a choice of agents. Use your choice to hire the BEST agent in your area.

 

By using a philosophy, which is simple, to provide more personal and professional service to guide my clients through each step of the buying or selling process, I can help you find your dream home .

 

                                 

It does not take magic to turn your "For Sale" sign into a "Sold" sign. It takes a full time Local Agent who specializes in Listing homes like yours.

 

 To CONTACT Scott Godzyk please call 603.661.2121 or EMAIL: Sctprop@aol.com .

 

About the Author: Scott Godzyk is the Owner/Broker of the Godzyk Real Estate Services in Manchester NH. Proud to be locally owned and operated with 30 years of experience, Scott is a leading Agent for Listing and Selling Homes in this area.We are Full Time Agents ready to serve all of your Real Estate needs with an infamous philosophy, which is simple: To provide more personal and professional service to guide my clients through each step of the buying or selling process. 

 

You can search for Manchester area Homes For Sale by clicking here. what is for sale by clicking here.

 

Comments (11)

Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Scott. Letting the neighbors know what is going on and they can return the favor. Good for you! Enjoy your day.

Dec 28, 2019 05:21 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

All is well that ends well.... and the scammers are multiplying in numbers. .. very frightening.

Dec 28, 2019 05:22 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Scott - "Eagle-eyed" neighbors can be quite helpful when a home is on the market for sale.  I can image the scene taking place that Saturday morning.  

Dec 28, 2019 05:26 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Scott. This is a scary scenario but an important story. good job and a great share.

Dec 28, 2019 05:28 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

I just do not get that people would, in this day and age, send money off to someone without checking to see who owns the home! Thank God the neighbors were paying attention!

Dec 28, 2019 05:51 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Scott... fortunately, this kind of scam seems to have died down in my area in recent years, but at one time it was frustrating to deal with.

Dec 28, 2019 06:13 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Good grief, I can't imagine the effort scammers put into these fraud schemes. Glad it got cleared up and hope the renters learned a valuable lesson about due diligence. 

Dec 28, 2019 07:26 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Yipes Scott Godzyk You do find yourself in some interesting situations. Glad all worked out. Smart to intro yourself to the surrounding neighbors.

Dec 28, 2019 07:57 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

While I have heard of these scams, I haven't been up close and personal to them.  That was one interesting situation you found yourself in.

Dec 28, 2019 09:06 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

I can't imagine people being so gullible to send money to someone they can't verify as the actual owners.  So sad!  Why can't they track down those scammers?  It is rampant!

Dec 28, 2019 09:09 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI Scott Godzyk - It is so important to introduce yourself to the neighbors. We don't seem to have this kind of scam. 

Dec 28, 2019 02:54 PM