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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HomeValue.us.org Warns About Fake Buyer Real Estate Ripoff Scheme

Here at HomeValue.us.org, our goal is to make sure that none of our customers become the victim of a ripoff scheme. That’s why we have several staff members dedicated to nothing but researching the ripoffs that infect the housing market. This week, the HomeValue.us.org staff discovered a new type of real estate ripoff and we want to warn you about it.

This is yet another ripoff instigated by real estate agents – and illustrates why if you don’t want to end up a ripoff victim, you need to research your real estate agent and make sure they have a good reputation.

The way this ripoff works is that the agent has another couple visit the house at the same time you do. This couple is secretly working for the real estate agent. (Often they are their family members.)

After you and this couple tour the home, if it seems like you are interested, the other couple will make an offer on the house right in front of you. This ripoff helps out the agent in two ways: First off, if anther couple likes the home, you are more likely to want to buy it. Secondly, the offer the other couple makes is often more than the home is worth – but you’ll think it’s worth at least that much if that’s what the other couple is willing to pay for it.

In other words, this ripoff gets you coming and going. So, don’t let this tactic pressure you into becoming a ripoff victim. Make a decision on whether or not you want the home on your own. And decide for yourself how much the home is worth – don’t let yourself get influenced by people you don’t know. They may be ripoff artists.

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HomeValue.us.org List Of Top Reasons Condo Owners Have A Complaint With Their Neighbors

HomeValue.us.org List Of Top Reasons Condo Owners Have A Complaint With Their Neighbors

HomeValue.us.org List Of Top Reasons Condo Owners Have A Complaint With Their Neighbors

At HomeValue.us.org, our goal is to help people get the best value on a new home. We also know that many HomeValue.us.org customers are looking to buy a condominium. They are great for first-time buyers and couples without a family. But at HomeValue.us.org, we know that if people have a big complaint with their neighbor, even the nicest condo can become a trap. This is why we wanted to post the most common types of behavior that lead to people having a complaint with their condo neighbor.

  • Complaint #1: Loud music. If you constantly play loud music, you are going to get a complaint. This even matters during the day, because more and more people are working from home.
  • Complaint #2: Cat box smells. If you have a cat, you need to change your litter box on a regular basis. Otherwise the smell will bother your neighbors.
  • Complaint #3: Trash wars. If you both have a designated place to put out the trash, keep your trash to your own place and don’t put it in theirs.
  • Complaint #4: Children. Some condominium complexes are great for children. Others are designed for older people without children. If you have children, make sure you are in a child-friendly condo.
  • Complaint #5: Cigarette smoke. If you smoke in your apartment, try to blow the smoke out a rear window or balcony so it doesn’t seep into your neighbor’s condo.

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HomeValue.us.org Hopes Orgasm Wars Never Comes To American Television

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At HomeValue.us.org we know that it’s Thanksgiving Week, so you probably don’t want to read anything too serious. That’s why for the HomeValue.us.org blog this week, we decided to search around the web for something silly to share with you. We found something – a popular Japanese television game show that most HomeValue.us.org customers probably hope never makes it to America!

The show is called Orgasm Wars. The premise of the show is that they pit a gay man against against a straight man on live television. The gay man has 40 minutes to try to bring the straight man to orgasm by any means at his disposal. If the straight guy can keep from having an orgasm, he wins the money. If the gay guy can make him have an orgasm, the gay guy wins the money.

This raises some serious concerns. For one, how much consent can the straight man give? If he really doesn’t want to orgasm, isn’t he being violated? Plus it plays into stereotypes that gay men will have sex with any other man no matter what.

Plus, can you imagine the training rituals that must go into preparing for this show? It boggles the mind. Beyond that, couldn’t an asexual man win the show every time?

At HomeValue.us.org, we are not prudes – but we do think that Orgasm Wars is pushing the limit of good taste, and hope that it doesn’t become the follow up to Dancing With The Stars.

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The HomeValue.us.org List Of Common Reasons Your Neighbors May Have A Complaint With You

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HomeValue.us.org is very concerned with how people maintain the value of their homes. We know that a lot of things go into how much your house is worth, and one of the things is what the neighborhood in general is like. At HomeValue.us.org, we know that bad neighbors can drive home values down very quickly.

But how do you know if your neighbors might have a complaint with you? Maybe you are considered the bad neighbor that everyone has a complaint about.

With that in mind, we decided to use the HomeValue.us.org blog to talk about the most common types of situations that make people have a complaint with their neighbor.

Do you mow your lawn every weekend in the summer? If not, your neighbors have a right to have a complaint with you. Bad laws lower property values.

Do you throw loud parties very often without inviting your neighbors? This is another way to ensure that you are the neighbor everyone has a complaint with.

Has it been more than 10 years since your house was painted? Unless you paint the outside of your house at least once a decade, it’s going to lower the property values for everyone and they will have a complaint.

Do you close the shades before you have sexual intimacy with your partner? People will have a complaint if you don’t, because nobody wants to accidentally see you making love.

These are the most common things that will cause neighbors to have a complaint with you. Think about it – and make sure you are not the bad neighbor!

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HomeValue.us.org Guide To Avoiding Common Real Estate Scams

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HomeValue.us.org hates that there are so many scam artists in the real estate industry. We founded HomeValue.us.org in order to help people get the information they need so they can avoid becoming a scam victim. But, we keep hearing more and more reports of people who were taken in by scam artists.

That’s why we wanted to update the HomeValue.us.org guide to what to look for to make sure you don’t get taken in by a real estate scam.

Scam Tip #1: Research your real estate agent to make sure he or she has a good reputation and doesn’t rip people off.

Scam Tip #2: Hire your own home inspector – not one that has been suggested by the seller or your real estate agent.

Scam Tip #3: Get a contractor to look at the roof and foundation. A home inspector is not legally required to do so.

Scam Tip #4: Make sure there are no liens against the property, or you will be stuck with that debt.

Scam Tip #5: If you find an apartment online, don’t send a deposit until you’ve seen the apartment in person.

Scam Tip #6: Never send any money through Western Union.

Scam Tip #7: Check HomeValue.us.org records to make sure the person you are dealing with actually owns the home.

Scam Tip #8: Have a pest control service make sure the home is not infested by vermin.

Scam Tip #9: Check the details of your mortgage offer to make sure your rate won’t go sky high a few months down the line.

Scam Tip #10: Check our records to make sure that there are no code violations you’ll be required to fix.

BONUS TIP: Talk to people in the neighborhood to make sure it isn’t filled with drug dealers and sex offenders.

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HomeValue.us.org Second Quarter Market Report: Real Estate Prices Rising

HomeValue.us.org has recently completed our assessment of the real estate market for the second quarter of 2013. The HomeValue.us.org real estate market report is very positive. In fact, HomeValue.us.org is bullish on the housing market, as we see that the real estate market is finally making a solid recovery.

This is the second straight quarter that HomeValue.us.org has seen housing prices rise in all 50 states. On average, home prices are up more than eight percent across the board compared to second quarter 2012. In some areas, prices have gone up as much as 17 percent.

This means that homeowners who had underwater mortgages just a few months ago are now in the black. It means that people who bought homes last year have seen their value grow exponentially.

Our study indicates that home values should continue to rise for at least the next four quarters. This makes it a perfect time for investors to come back to the real estate market. And if you have been thinking about selling your home, now is the time to do so.

We believe that the rise in real estate values will be good for the entire economy and could lead to the rejuvenation of many neighborhoods. We have also completely updated our database to reflect the new market values.

The only downside to this trend is that many homeowners may see their property taxes rise by the end of the year and should budget accordingly.

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