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3,245,149
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

If it's too good to be true...

Aug 07, 2018 10:09 PM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

There is not a lot of shady characters unless you go look for them.

Aug 08, 2018 03:51 AM
Rainmaker
912,017
Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Anything that defies common sense or your experience and training

Aug 07, 2018 09:48 PM
Rainmaker
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

You have many great comments.

Aug 08, 2018 05:19 AM
Rainmaker
5,268,795
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Be alert for things that appear to be too good to be true.

Aug 08, 2018 04:34 AM
Rainmaker
553,054
Peter Mohylsky, SoWal Is HOME.
PrimeSouth Properties - Santa Rosa Beach, FL
Let me help you find your path to the beach.

Not sure many non agents will answer this but my answer experience matters. 

Aug 08, 2018 04:25 AM
Rainmaker
2,980,261
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I have never been involved in any fraudulent transactions, nor have I run across shady characters in 25 years. I pick and choose my clients very carefully.

Aug 08, 2018 04:11 AM
Rainmaker
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Brian I could write a book about this question and it would not be fair to just write a sentence to your question here...now if you are not sure I can have a private conversation and help you out, Endre

Aug 08, 2018 12:03 AM
Rainmaker
506,933
Dan Tabit
Keller Williams Bellevue - Sammamish, WA

If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.  I've not run into anybody in person trying to scam me. Some online contacts from overseas are pretty easy to figure out.  Always tell your clients to be extremely careful with wire transfers and follow the original instructions and still verify they have the right information over the phone or in person. 

Aug 07, 2018 09:54 PM
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Fred Griffin presently on Leave of Absence
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

  The lender and the title attorney will catch any problems.

Aug 07, 2018 09:46 PM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Follow the law, be keenly observant and you won't ever go down the shady path.

Aug 08, 2018 05:37 AM
Rainmaker
744,502
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

#1. Please wire $#,### to Spoofed name.

#2. My attorney in Bali will co-ordinate everything.

#3. Internet contact, buyer wishes to remain anonymous

#4. I need to liquidate assents to make purchase...please hold this check and issue amount for..$###,###

#5. I'm a cash buyer/investor ...... 'assigneds".

#6. I'm an attorney, I will save your house from foreclosure.

#7. Make check out to 'me.'

Aug 08, 2018 05:03 AM
Rainmaker
4,023,952
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

If it seems to good to be true, then it probably is.

Aug 11, 2018 01:20 PM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Brian Burrows - there are many! Most of them, too good to be true.

Aug 09, 2018 09:07 PM
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Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
www.SIBRealty.org 305-931-6931

No comments. 

Aug 08, 2018 09:23 PM
Rainmaker
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Brian Burrows - (801)920-9343
Equity Real Estate - Solid - Magna, UT
Let me help you buy or sell your home

Just to be fair, my definition of a lot of shady characters is enough that the public might learn of them. For the absolute greater part of the real estate profession, agents are very professional.

Aug 08, 2018 08:17 PM
Rainmaker
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

If it sounds to good to be true

Aug 08, 2018 06:24 PM
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

If it sounds too good to be true, If it doesn't seem right, if it doesn't pass the smell test it is likely something fishy is going on.

Aug 08, 2018 06:21 PM
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4,063,361
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Confirm all identities, and NEVER send money to Africa, or Russia.

Aug 08, 2018 05:23 PM
Rainmaker
1,157,261
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

My "spidey" sense never lets me down. I google or research every client. If I can't find anything the "spidey sense" starts to tingle. 

Aug 08, 2018 05:22 PM
Rainmaker
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
www.HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

The one I saw a couple years ago where the guy ended up in jail, IIRC, was "I have a way to complete the transaction without escrow or title... to save us all some money."

Aug 08, 2018 05:01 PM
Rainmaker
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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

Hi Brian,
There is no "public" as a Rainer.  You need to upgrade to a Rainmaker account. 

Aug 08, 2018 04:56 PM
Rainmaker
534,742
Tony Lewis
RE/MAX of Valencia (Hall of Fame) 30 year Valencia Resident - Valencia, CA
RE/MAX Valencia, Stevenson Ranch, Santa Clarita

Double talk is the number one sign.

Aug 08, 2018 10:37 AM
Rainmaker
2,765,148
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Uncommon Sense. 

Aug 08, 2018 08:50 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

If it sounds too good to be true.

Aug 08, 2018 08:31 AM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

If it feels or sounds hinky, it probably is. Use your common sense.

Aug 08, 2018 08:16 AM
Rainmaker
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Brian,

Michael Jacobs gave you the answer. A

Aug 08, 2018 06:54 AM
Rainmaker
2,426,067
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

over & under performance with intermittent not available sessions plus conduct not in line with the norm.This is self-evident & should be questioned

Aug 08, 2018 06:42 AM
Rainmaker
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Apply the smell test and sniff deep. There are some real pros out there trying to get your money!

Aug 08, 2018 06:21 AM
Rainer
286,533
David M. Dwares
Title Professionals Corp. - Fort Lauderdale, FL
Title guy with a broker license

"We don't have to let the lender know. We can do a separate addendum"

Aug 08, 2018 06:14 AM
Rainmaker
652,968
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA
ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN

A few years ago, when REOs and short sales were a huge percentage of our market, I received an offer on a listing which was for much more than the value of the home. The agent would have had a lender and appraiser, who were part of the scheme, provide an appraisal and a loan. The offer included a large cash credit back to the buyer, who was also in on the scheme, for “improvements”. The plan was for the scammers to pocket the cash and default on the loan. I recognized the scheme and the offer was rejected. It was not an uncommon practice and agents and brokers went to jail…and deserved it.

Aug 08, 2018 06:06 AM
Rainmaker
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

if it sounds too good to be true, you can bet it's fraudulent....

Aug 08, 2018 06:04 AM
Rainmaker
2,901,848
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Soft seconds, appraisals much higher then list price to name a couple.

Aug 08, 2018 05:43 AM
Rainmaker
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

Michael Jacobs nailed this one!

Aug 08, 2018 05:17 AM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I have not come across it with my clients.

Aug 08, 2018 05:03 AM