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12 Ways To Sell Your House In This Crappy Market #5

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12 Ways To Sell Your House In This Crappy Market

Don’t fall prey

Fraudsters are targeting distressed homeowners with "deals" that can sound perfectly legit. Some offer loan modifications for upfront fees while others offer fee-based "help" in navigating government housing assistance programs, sometimes claiming they’re attorneys.  There are also con-artist "investors" compelling desperate owners to sign over their homes with quitclaim deeds in return for a typically empty promise to remain there indefinitely. Others are telling former owners they can get their homes back for a lump sum. Be forewarned: Never sign blank documents or documents with blank lines.

If you’re unsure of an offer, have an attorney or other trusted adviser, such as a REALTOR, look it over. Keep in mind that a law barring firms — except attorneys — from charging upfront fees for mortgage relief or mortgage modification took effect in 2011. It’s called the Mortgage Assistance Relief Services Rule.

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By: on February 17th, 2012 Category: Uncategorized