Do you have anything with the Agents full name and/or License number? If so, pull up his information from the Department of Real Estate website so you can give it to an attorney. Make sure you save any kind of documents they give you or have you sign.
Indalecio "Andy" Del Real
Thanks for the call. Go to the Broker and tell them your problems, and give them the details. I gave you their phone numbers of manager and owner. Call both, just be honest and upfront as you were with me.
And it great you have all the paper work.
Remax is a great outfit and I feel sure you well get a full and quick review of what is going on.
There are funds in Florida that you can apply to to cover problems with agents.
My firm has an office in the area (over 2,000 agents in Tampa area, we have only 1,000 agents in Orlando )
and we have several Lawyers we work with in the area. I have met two on them and both seems to be super. If you need an attorney,
One is at Treasure Island his name is Michael Heath
Just pulled up the listing. The listing broker is Coldwell Banker and it is a regular sale, not a short sale. Closing date is set for Aug 31st for the first sale. Sounds like the investors are trying to use your money to buy it.
The current owner is showing up on public records as Sara Stribling.
Who did you "give" $10k to? Your biggest problem is trying to get your $10k back from that person. The other money at the title company (provided it is truly a licensed title company) should be safe. The "non standard" contract you signed may or may not be valid. Again do not alert these investors that you are investigating them. Play along with them for now!
The house is currently listed as "pending" sale with an asking price of $54,900. Would you want it for $54k?
If the current buyers that have the contract with the Coldwell Banker listing are paying less than $50k and flipping it to you for much more than $60k then it may be worth the risk of losing the $10k you gave away to someone who doesn't own the house. You may have legal action against the agent and broker who were involved with the taking of your $10k. This is highly irregular. No Realtor should suggest a buyer give any money directly to an owner and certainly not to a non-owner!
I'm not an attorney so I can't give you legal advise but call me if you want help with this and I can try to get you that house for $50k or possibly a better house that doesn't sit facing the interstate 275.
All my best,
Alma Rose Kee, PA
Future Home Realty
This is NOT intended to beat you up, but is a very valuable piece of information for anyone looking to purchase real estate who chooses to go directly to a listing agent to purchase the property.
Mike given what you know now and the potential hazards and pitfalls that have overwhelmed you, would you make the same choice again?
People, please find yourself a good, qualified buyer's agent to represent you. You don't "get a better deal" because you're not using one. In most cases the listing agent pockets all the commission anyway because it's in their listing agreement.
Having a good, professional, experienced buyer's agent will allow you to sleep a bit better knowing you have someone looking out for YOUR best interest!
Licensed Real Estate Professional
Don't let on that you are questioning the seller and the insider investor or Realtor. Play along with them so they do not run away with your $10 grand!
Call an attoney immediately. Again do not alert the potential scammers that you are wise to what is going on.
What's the address? We can pull up the court records and it may be possible the scammers are hoping to buy it on the court house steps with your cash and then immediately flip it to you. You could have trouble getting your $10k back!
and fill out the form
Also go to Florida attorney General AT
and file a complaint
Are you employed or have any credit issues?
Go and apply online with http://www.AimLoan.com and maybe it will automatically kick out a denial letter.
Hope this helps.
Alma Rose Kee, PA
Future Home Realty