There are a lot of shady characters out there. We want to make sure you avoid scams when selling your house. This is what was going on with Ms. Ellis and her house in Kansas City Kansas.
Ms. Ellis wanted to sell her Kansas City Kansas home and move to Nevada. She wanted to know that her home was sold and that when she was ready, the buyer would close and she would get her money. She needed time to sell extra belongings. She needed time to do the clean out all the items she did not want in the house. She also wanted time to find a new home in Nevada.
We initially put the home under contract to purchase in mid-August. That was extended to mid-September, then mid-October and we finally purchased in November. We were not extending because we wanted the house cleaned out as we were happy to take care of what was left behind. But, Ms. Ellis needed time to go through her things and to say goodbye to her home. Then she was able to go to closing when she was ready. She had the peace of mind knowing a cash buyer was ready, willing, and able to purchase when she was ready, so she could start her new life in Nevada.
This Transaction Started with a Scam
For our readers, we want to share a word of warning.
In this transaction there was a shady character, a scammer involved. This unrelated third party reached out to us and informed us that he was helping Ms. Ellis. What he was helping her with, we were a bit unsure, but we met with Ms. Ellis, looked at her house, and between us we agreed upon a price. Then this guy sent us forms stating he was a “Mortgage Consultant / Debt Management Person” and that he was to be paid about $8,500. But we could not figure out what this fee was for. We didn’t know what a Mortgage Consultant was even after 20 years in the business. Plus, the home was free and clear with no mortgage, so we were a little unsure what mortgage or debt this person was helping with and how he would be legally owed any money. As we asked more and more questions, he finally disappeared from the picture and Ms. Ellis got to keep an extra $8,500. (Not that we would have let her pay it anyway without a lot more investigation into what it was for, probably why the guy vanished.)
If someone contacts you about helping you to sell your home, there are only TWO PEOPLE who can ever get paid a fee or a commission. That would be the licensed Real Estate Agent who lists your home for sale and if the buyer is represented by a Real Estate Agent, that agent would split the commissions. If anyone else is asking you to pay them a fee to sell their home, they are not legally able to charge a fee or commission.
We were pretty sure this consultant was scamming Ms. Ellis and as many of our sellers are elderly or not educated on real estate sale processes, we want to warn our readers.
Do you have a house you want to get sold on your time frame, but not wait around trying to find a buyer or have multiple people looking at your home? When you work with kcmoHomeBuyer, we can come to an agreement and then give you the time you need to get ready to sell. That’s right! You can sell your house directly to us here at kcmoHomeBuyer on your schedule. Click here now and fill out the form or call us at (816) 408-3600to let us know about your property to sell.
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We had inherited Mom and Dad’s house a few years ago and had decided to rent it out. But being a landlord was not the best choice for us as it was a never-ending battle to keep it rented, keep the rent coming in and to fix it up every time that didn’t work. We were fed up and ready to be done with the whole situation. We called Scott at kcmoHomeBuyer and he was able to talk us through the situation on the phone, meet us at the house and make us an offer. We didn’t have to fix a thing, he took all the junk the last tenant left, and we closed a couple of weeks later.
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