Scammers have found a new way to fake listings online and trick consumers. It involves scraping listings from sites like Zillow and impersonating real estate agents in an attempt to collect fees from consumers. Scams like these aren’t going away, so the Texas Association of REALTORS® is working to raise awareness among consumers that there’s only one trusted source for real estate information—a Texas REALTOR®.
I had a client contact me about a house
for lease on craigslist. She emailed the
person and they emailed her back and said
she was the owner and was out of the country
and if my client mailed her the rent fee
she would send her the keys. She also said
that there was a sign in the front yard but
to ignore it because she had cancelled the
listing agreement with the agent. My client
decided she should contact me before she
did anything. I researched the address and
discovered she was NOT the owner and the
house was listed and active by a RE agent.
My client was very glad she called me. I asked her to email her back to let her know
what I told her. I went onto Craigslist right after that to find the ad and she had already
deleted it. I also contacted the RE agent to make her aware. I have shared this story with many of my clients. Yes everybody should use a professional when selling, buying or leasing Real Estate.