Archives for Real Estate Scams

Real Estate Scam of the Day: Vacation Timeshare Owners Targeted by Faux Resellers

In Illinois, a timeshare scam has elicited “dozens of complaints” since January, thanks to the implementation of a tried-and-true scam method: the illicit money wire. Individuals pretending to be timeshare resellers contact the owners of the timeshares. Not surprisingly, many of these owners are currently struggling to make the payments on these vacation “deals” and may be a little too Read full article »

Real Estate Lending Scam in California Targets Elderly Homeowners

In Modesto, California, a real estate agent and his roommate set up a simple scam that enabled them to steal thousands of dollars from elderly homeowners while acquiring properties at rock-bottom prices. The agent, James Lee Langford, who is also the owner and broker for Century 21-Apollo Realty in Modesto and his roommate, Jon Vance McDade, would target elderly property Read full article »

CraigsList, Nigeria and Real Estate Scams: Keep Your Eyes Open!

It's no surprise that the terms "scam", "Nigeria" and "CraigsList" are associated together - but what's the real estate connection?  Read on... this is very disturbing: It is a fact of the Internet age. When the word “Nigeria” comes up in any proposition involving money, hit “delete” and run screaming from your computer. An item from WJAR-TV in Providence, RI, provides Read full article »

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The Politics of Real Estate

Few industries are as profoundly impacted by the political machinations in Washington as the real estate industry. Whether it's old legislation like Jimmy Carter's Community Reinvestment Act or Barack Obama's massive mortgage bailouts, the U.S. political machine has a huge impact (usually bad) on the business of real estate.

Ideally, we could ignore politics. But here at the Bryan Ellis Real Estate Letter, we insist on seeing the world with clarity - including the reality of Washington's aggressive involvement in every facet of our business, from mortgage lending to real estate sales license; from loan modification regulations to appraisal requirements... every piece of our business is profoundly impacted by politics. So rather than stick our heads in the sand and ignore reality, readers of the Bryan Ellis Real Estate Letter choose to be informed and prepared.

About Bryan Ellis

Bryan Ellis is an Atlanta-based real estate analyst and publisher of the widely read newsletter "The Bryan Ellis Real Estate Letter". With over 200,000 subscribers - including real estate investors, agents, brokers, appraisers and other real estate professionals - the Bryan Ellis Real Estate Letter is among America's largest sources of unbiased coverage of politics and public policy for the real estate industry.

Bryan Ellis serves as editor in chief for the Bryan Ellis Real Estate Letter and is assisted by an extraordinary staff of writers, researchers and editors who are each real estate experts in their own right and who assure that the news we report is well researched, factual, and highly relevant to today's real estate industry.

Bryan is very happily married and has two wonderful daughters. He makes his home in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. You can contact the team at the Bryan Ellis Real Estate Letter here.