With fake ownership papers in hand, S. Fla. scammers hired a Realtor to list their bargain-priced vacant land, apparently hoping to steal a buyer’s deposit or cash at closing.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – In an unusual new scam, criminals apparently forged ownership deeds for currently vacant land, contacted a Realtor, and listed it for sale in the MLS.

According to Dianne Regalado Kammerer, director of sales with Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate in Coral Gables, the forged ownership papers were not high quality but they did the trick in at least two cases she discovered.

While the “not high quality” ownership docs could be a red flag to listing agents going forward, though, even high-quality ownership docs could become common if some professional scammers see the ruse as a viable way to steal money.

“The scam involves an imposter owner/seller reaching out to the agent via email and text asking to list their lot as soon as possible and for a very reasonable if not below market price,” Kamme...

October 7, 2019

This extension will mark the 13th time the program – which is billions of dollars in debt – has been rescued by lawmakers with extensions. The NFIP provides flood insurance coverage to 22,000 communities nationwide and protects property owners against loss from flooding, the most common and costly natural disaster in the U.S.

June 28, 2019

Armed Forces Day is tomorrow. Thank you for your service!!

May 1, 2019

As you may have noticed, among my title as a realtor I have also noted my certification as a PSA.

You may be wondering, what in the world is a PSA? PSA stands for Pricing Strategy Advisor. To put it simply, that means that I am certified in giving my clients peace of mind in knowing the value of their home. I can do this by pricing properties, creating comparative market analyses (CMAs), and working with many of the same guidelines used by appraisers. A lot goes into the valuation of a home including supply and demand, appropriate comparables, condition of the property and general ethics related to pricing. I would be more than capable and, most importantly, happy to help you navigate these things by helping you with a home valuation.

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