HomeValue.us.org Warns Of Foreclosure Rental Scam

 

It seems like every time the HomeValue.us.org staff looks online, we find a different type of real estate scam. This is why the HomeValue.us.org team will constantly be on your side, researching these types of scams and what to look for. Then, we’ll report them here on the HomeValue.us.org blog to help you know how the scams work and show you the red flags to look out for.

Today we want to talk about what has been called a “rental foreclosure” scam. It’s become very popular – and has left some people literally out on the streets. What happens is that someone is looking to rent a house for their family. They search around and find one that has a rental price much lower than similar homes. So they sign a lease, pay a deposit, and move in.

Then, two or three months later, the police arrive and evict them.

What happened? It turns out that the homeowner knew the house was about to be foreclosed on. So, he or she thought that they would simply get a bunch of money in rent and the deposit before that happened, and then disappear.

This can lead to the renters literally getting thrown out of the home they have paid good money for.

The way to avoid this scam is simple – whenever you are thinking of renting a home, use our system to look it up and make sure that it is not in the middle of foreclosure. If it is, then move on to a different home to rent.

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HomeValue.us.org Warns Of New Real Estate Rental Scam

HomeValue.us.org Warns Of New Real Estate Rental Scam

HomeValue.us.org Warns Of New Real Estate Rental Scam

When it comes to protecting you from scams, HomeValue.us.org has your back. The HomeValue.us.org staff searches every day to find new real estate scams and report them to you. Today is no different as we present you with another HomeValue.us.org report about a yet a new scam.

Like many real estate scams, this one uses the Internet. What the scam artists do is look for homes with “For Sale” signs on them. They then take a picture of the home and use graphics editing software to change the “For Sale” sign to a “For Rent” sign, and post an ad for it on Craigslist.

When potential renters contact them about the property, they are told they can get the key by simply sending them money through Western Union. Once the scam victims send the money, they never hear from the scam artist again.

To avoid this scam, use some common sense and always see a property in person before you decide to rent it or hand over money. Anyone who wants cash from you before you’ve even been inside a home is more likely than not trying to take advantage of you.

Hundreds of people have already let themselves become a victim of this scam. Don’t let yourself be next. And, please, keep checking back with the HomeValue.us.org website to learn how to avoid new real estate scams.

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HomeValue.us.org Believes Student Loan Reform Is Needed For The Long-Term Health Of The Real Estate Market

 

HomeValue.us.org is happy that the real estate market is starting to recover from the great recession. In the short term HomeValue.us.org believes this will be good for the economy. However, HomeValue.us.org is worried about the long-term prospects for the real estate market – and we want to tell you why.

Long-term real estate values depend very heavily on each new young generation being able to buy a home when they get married and are ready to start a family. It is this cycle that drives the market and keeps upward pressure on prices and sales. That in turn helps the economy overall.

But there is a great reason to be concerned that the current generation won’t be able to buy homes for decades to come – if at all. The reason is that the millennial generation has been saddled with more student load debt than any other generation in history. This debt leaves them with less income to spend on a home. It makes it harder for them to save for a down payment. It hurts their credit rating, making it nearly impossible to get a mortgage. This is why some economists are calling them the “The rental generation.”

If an entire generation of educated people is kept out of the housing market – simply because they wanted to pay for college – this will have a huge long-tern negative impact on real estate. And that will hurt the economy as a whole.

Therefore, HomeValue.us.org believes that student loan reform should happen as soon as possible, before the real estate market is doomed for a generation long slide.

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HomeValue.us.org Believes Puerto Rico’s Plans To Legalize Prostitution Will Hurt Real Estate Values

HomeValue.us.org Believes Puerto Rico's Plans To Legalize Prostitution Will Hurt Real Estate Values

HomeValue.us.org Believes Puerto Rico’s Plans To Legalize Prostitution Will Hurt Real Estate Values

HomeValue.us.org understands that many local governments are under a great deal of financial pressure these days. Ever since the recession started in 2008, tax revenue has been hard to come by. So, HomeValue.us.org understands that governments need to do whatever they can to bring in more revenue. But that should not be at the cost of real estate values. And that’s why HomeValue.us.org hopes Puerto Rico scraps their latest tax raising plan.

Currently the territory, which has seen declining income tax and tourist revenue, is debating whether or not they should make prostitution legal. Their theory is that by taxing the income of prostitutes, they will get more tax revenue. They also believe more tourists will come to their island if they know they can legally buy sex.

But, think about what that will do to property values. If someone opens up a brothel next door to your home, your home value will go down. If there are suddenly prostitutes on your street, then the property values of your entire neighborhood will go down.

While we support the rights of sex workers, we also believe that turning an entire territory into a sex tourism destination is bad for everyone. Sure, you will get more tourists – but they will probably not be spending that much money buying souvenirs. Instead, they may be simply bringing an STD back home. That’s not what anyone wants their neighborhood to be known for.

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HomeValue.us.org Thinks Vintage 60s Home Is The Coolest Real Estate On The Market Today

At HomeValue.us.org, we spend a lot of time thinking about real estate. We love cool homes, and spend a fair amount of time searching real estate listings. This week the HomeValue.us.org staff was really excited about a new home that has hit the market. While not for everyone, we couldn’t resist using the HomeValue.us.org blog to talk about it.

The home in Toronto is being sold by a 96-year-old woman. What makes it really cool is that it has not been redecorated since the 1960s.

The home is a virtual time capsule! Even the kitchen appliances are vintage. It has been kept in great shape, and looks like something from a 1960 sitcom. The best part – all of the retro furnishings are being sold with the home!

Done nearly entirely in pink and pastels, it is certainly a home with a feminine taste. But it could be cool for anyone who has ever had a fantasy of living back in the time of Mad Men.

Let us know what you think! Would you go retro for a home like this? We know we would!

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HomeValue.us.org Fears Damage To Luxury Real Estate Market

HomeValue.us.org Fears Damage To Luxury Real Estate Market

HomeValue.us.org Fears Damage To Luxury Real Estate Market

This year, HomeValue.us.org has been very bullish on the American real estate market. Whether as an investment or for residential use, we at HomeValue.us.org believe housing prices are on their way up. But there is one sector of the market HomeValue.us.org is very concerned about – the luxury end of the market. Due to unfolding news events, Home Value.us.org is now very concerned that this sector will probably see declining values for the next two quarters at least.

The reason for this is that Russian investors – particularly in New York and Miami – have been an important part of this market. Whether or not they end up making a purchase, their bids on properties have helped push values higher.

But last month, Russia invaded parts of the Ukraine and maintain a military presence around other parts of the country. In response, American and Europe have frozen the bank accounts of many of the wealthiest Russian citizens.

This means that the Russians won’t be able to try to buy property in America or Europe until the crisis winds down at some point later this year. By pulling these potential buyers out of the market, there will be fewer people able to place bids in the luxury sector. Since the number of people in the world who can afford these homes is very low, it means that demand will drop – and along with it, the sales prices for these homes.

The bottom line is that while most of the real estate marketplace should see gains, we predict losses in the high-end section of the market.

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HomeValue.us.org Says: Beware Of New Real Estate Eviction Scam

It constantly astounds us at HomeValue.us.org how many new types of real estate scams people can think up. Real estate scam artists seem to know no limits when it comes to finding new ways to rip people off. It is for this very reason that HomeValue.us.org is always on the look out for new types of schemes – so we can help you avoid becoming a scam victim. Today, we are going to use the HomeValue.us.org blog to warn you about a new type of electronic real estate scam.

In this scam, someone is sent an email that appears to be from their local police department. It tells them that their house is about to be seized for “illegal activities” and that they have 30 days to move out. It then instructs people to download the “legal statement” attached to the email to confirm that their home is about to be grabbed by the government.

There is, of course, no legal statement. What the scam artists have done is set you up to download a virus onto your computer that will search for your financial and credit card information to send to them. Then they will empty your bank accounts.

Avoiding this scam is easy: The police never seize a home without a court order – and they won’t notify you about any seizure through email. Therefore, if you get this kind of email, simply delete it and you won’t have to worry about falling victim to this scam.

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HomeValue.us.org Is Addicted to Houzz

We want to begin today’s post by saying that this is in no way a sponsored post. HomeValue.us.org does not accept sponsored posts. But at the same time, when the staff of HomeValue.us.org can’t stop talking about a website, app, or product, well, we think the world should know about it! And in the HomeValue.us.org break room, the buzz may never end about Houzz.

There is a Houzz website, but our staff prefers the iPad app. It’s free, and once you download it, it’s nothing more than one picture after another of gorgeous homes. Just pictures! There are bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens, living rooms, gardens, patios, decks, pools, breakfast nooks – you name it, and there is a picture of it on Houzz.

All you have to do is swipe from one stunning picture to the next, and it is almost like it hypnotizes you. Once you start, you can’t stop!

There are a couple of people on our team who have recently moved into new homes, so they use it for ideas on how to rearrange the furniture in their new spaces. An expecting mom on the staff uses it to look up nurseries, and we’re sure she’s been collecting plenty of great ideas!

But the most fun we have is sitting around with our iPads and discussing certain parts of each photo. Whether it’s a fun wallpaper or a wonderful table arrangement, the comments go flying back and forth and the iPads are passed around. Some great conversations have come out of it, and it’s been lots of fun!

Before you know it, HomeValue.us.org employees will have the best decorated homes in the industry!

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HomeValue.us.org Warns Against New Romance Real Estate Scam

Here at HomeValue.us.org, we take real estate scam prevention seriously. That’s why the HomeValue.us.org staff spends some time every day doing research on new ways scam artists work in the real estate market. Today we stumbled upon a real estate scam we’d never heard of, and decided to use the HomeValue.us.org blog post to expose how it works.

So far this scam, known as “real estate romance,” has only popped up in Japan – but we know that once a scam is successful in one place, it will always spread around the world fairly quickly.

Here’s how the scam works: An attractive young woman who is a real estate agent joins a dating site and doesn’t tell anyone that she works in real estate. She then flirts with men online and gets them into a conversation. During that conversation, she’ll try to find out if he is looking to rent a new apartment or buy a new home. If so, she will start pretending to be sexually interested in the man – and in some cases have sex with him.

Then, she’ll ask to go along with him while he looks for his new place to live. She’ll then steer him to places owned or operated by the company she works for and talk up the property. Because the man thinks that her liking the property will likely extend their romance or sexual liaisons, he will often be talked into paying up to 30 percent more than he should.

Of course, once he has signed the lease or bought the home, the scam artist will then dump him and then go back online looking for new victims.

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HomeValue.us.org Is Concerned About Twitter Apps Designed To Make Your Home Safer

HomeValue.us.org Is Concerned About Twitter Apps Designed To Make Your Home Safer

HomeValue.us.org Is Concerned About Twitter Apps Designed To Make Your Home Safer

HomeValue.us.org believes that people should do whatever they can to protect their homes. After all, what’s the point in using HomeValue.us.org to get a great home if you can’t feel safe in it? However, we’ve recently been reading about new home safety Twitter apps that we at HomeValue.us.org believe will do more to violate your privacy than actually keep your home safe.

These apps work by syncing up with items in your home, like your fridge or your television. Then, if you tell Twitter you are going out and someone turns a device on, it sends a tweet to your Twitter feed asking if you are home and did it yourself.

The idea is that if you are not home and find out that someone is watching your television, you can call the cops and let them know to come over and arrest some burglars. This sounds fine in theory, but we believe that in practice it can actually make your life far more dangerous.

First off, do you really want your entire Twitter feed to know that you might not be home? That in and of itself might leave you more open to burglary, not less. Beyond that, you don’t want to let a computer compromise your privacy.

More to the point, these types of apps give you an illusion of safety that can make you be more careless overall. If you want to really protect your home, the best thing you can do is buy a big dog. Most burglars run at the sound of a barking dog. They don’t sit around watching True Detective on your television screen.

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