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Nuuaus01, Home Buyer in 90220

seller lied that his house was for sale, he approved me but i found out house is going in auction, he already took $5400 from me.. scam

Asked by Nuuaus01, 90220 Mon Feb 13, 2012

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Too many unknown's in your queston. Need more info. Sounds like a legal matter to me.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Feb 14, 2012
How can a person qualify you to buy if they are not a licensed Lender? Sounds like he said whatever he could to get your money? You could sue in small claims court to try and recover your money. I can give you all his legal name address and information to find him to serve him law suit papers.

You should use a Real Estate Professional which is like an attorney in ways becuase they would not have let that happen? They are licensed by the state and can be prosecuted for these types of behaviors. Do you have down payment and closing costs still? If not, you may qualify for CHF Access half percent down payment program which can also contribute towards your closing costs as well.

Here is what is available up to 200k in 90020. @ 100k would only be $500 down and $732PITI for a single family residence and up. Let me know what you think?
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Here is a flyer and needs list to gather for processing a loan approval. I only need to ask a few dozen questions to qualify you?

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Nov 1, 2012
It is difficult to come to any conclusion without more information. How long ago was the offer accepted? Was it ever disclosed that this was a distressed property sale? Were you using an escrow company? If so, how did the Seller take $5k? Did you and seller use real estate agents?

If you need a referral for a local real estate attorney, feel free to contact me.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Feb 14, 2012
No, that doesn't USUALLY happen when a professional is involved. It is, however, less likely. Small claims is the best bet, but maybe an attorney consultation would be a first step. Many attorneys do not change for an initial consultation. Find one of them that does lots of RE work and has a court practice.

This is why we have escrow money - so the seller cannot take it and run. It is so important not to give the seller money before the closing.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Feb 13, 2012
Roland, Thanks for giving sound advice!

Kawain Payne, Realtor
Flag Thu Jun 7, 2012
If the sale can close and be funded before the auction, then it could be legitimate. If the seller was offering seller financing or lease to own, you have been defrauded.
If that is the case, start with the police and go from there. There are cases like this where the person who claimed to own the home actually didn't, they take the deposit and disappear. I'm sorry this happened to you, it makes good sense when trying to buy to get a professional involved before any money changes hands or terms are negotiated. I hope you get your money back.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Feb 13, 2012
Contact your state or city attorney general's office and report the scam.

Good luck.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Feb 13, 2012
Don Tepper, Real Estate Pro in Fairfax, VA
At this point it may be in your best interest to consult with an attorney who specializes in real estate....
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Feb 13, 2012
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