Fraud on the Rise with Vacant Land Listings

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Realty MD RE License 579412

Fraud on the Rise with Vacant Land Listings

In this electronic age, there are more and more opportunities for those who would wreak havoc on our lives to do so and those who would find ways to defraud us of those things we own.  I've gotten several requests from would-be sellers to list and sell vacant land recently.  But, upon doing my due diligence it seemed that the inquiring party did not have the authority to sell the property. 

So, to avoid heartache and grief when listing land here are some tips to help.

  1. Request a copy of and review the owner’s government-issued photo ID before signing the listing agreement, be sure you have this for all parties on title and if one or more parties are deceased be sure to get a copy of the death certificate and any will or documentation to show that the listing party is authorized to do so;
  2. Request and have a video call (e.g., Teams, Zoom, or FaceTime) with all owners before signing the listing agreement.
  3. Mail a copy of the fully executed Listing Agreement to the owner’s mailing address as listed on the County’s Property Appraiser’s website/tax rolls.

If anything seems amiss be sure to bring it up with your manager or legal advisor.


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Comments (2)

Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Many years ago I got a call from a gentleman asking me to come and take a look at his property - and sell it for him. It was an interesting place - a mini-farm with several outbuildings, a garage, etc.

After looking around I went in the house to speak with him, and he asked how fast I could get it sold. It seemed he wanted it done before his wife returned from her vacation. He didn't want her to know anything about it!

Since I had already checked and knew they were both on title, I told him that wasn't going to work, and he was not at all happy with me.

Feb 12, 2024 08:06 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Great post and as a vacant land expert I am always on the lookout for fraudsters, usually they tend to be out of country sellers...Endre

Feb 12, 2024 09:43 PM