Kayden and the Real Estate Scam

The thing is, when I first heard about this I thought that I recognized the con, it was common enough and anyone who read a paper or watched the news heard about it, and what makes it even more interesting is President Obama is now proposing the federal government do the EXACT same thing.

What happens is pretty standard, a mortgage broker or someone working with a mortgage broker looks for someone with a distressed property, someone about to be foreclosed on.  They are easy to find because foreclosures have to be published before hand.  Then they had to find someone with a little cash and good credit to sell the idea to.

The idea being that the purchaser can save the property from foreclosure by buying it from the owner.  The owner then rents the property from the new buyer, often the agreement would be to sell it back or make it a lease purchase or some other deal. It’s sold as a can’t lose because of the way property prices were skyrocketing.

The mortgage broker gets a nice commission on the sale, then often convinces the new purchaser to refinance the property   sometimes for even more than it is worth, again making a nice commission.

The broker may also be the one who collects the rent from the original owner, all for a fee of course…and that rent often never made it’s way to the new owner.

So now that you understand that, lets look at what happened here.  Kayden purchases the home but never gets the required rent, either because the broker kept it  or because the initial problem that the homeowner wasnt making his payments was still a problem.  So she cant keep up with it and the plummeting housing prices and market forcing the house  into foreclosure.

So initially it looks like she might be a bad guy and gets charged with a felony…that is until the prosecutor sees her records and the fact that the rent payments werent made…her felony charge gets dropped, she didn’t profit from the transaction, matter of fact, she lost money and she has the IRS audit along with all the documentation from that year to prove it.

So who is still charged with a felony?  The brokers…you figure it out.

Kayden gets a misdemeanor for not having a rental contract with the homeowner.

So Kayden, it wasn’t hard to support you, I knew what had happened, what was hard was keeping quiet about it so as not to jeopardize your case. It’s all over now and it’s behind you.

People who read this will understand now, it wont change the mind of some of them but it certainly should be understandable by anyone who can read a paper.

What really concerns me is now Obama is proposing that the federal government buy properties in foreclosure and rent them back to the owners…..

Does this sound familiar?

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Kayden and the Real Estate Scam

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  1. Yes it does sound familiar, and is what I assumed was going on when I first heard this story.

    This type of real estate transaction was going on all over California a few years ago, especially in areas like Sacramento and Riverside. And, assuming everyone kept their word, it worked out okay for the original owner and the new buyer.

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    “Money will always remain an effect and refuse to replace you as the cause. Money is the product of virtue, but it will not give you virtue and it will not redeem your vices. Money will not give you the unearned, neither in matter nor in spirit. Is this the root of [the common] hatred of money?

    “Money will always remain an effect and refuse to replace you as the cause. Money is the product of virtue, but it will not give you virtue and it will not redeem your vices. Money will not give you the unearned, neither in matter nor in spirit. Is this the root of your hatred of money?

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  3. You left out the one integral part of the scam.
    The appraiser. The appraiser comes in and writes an inflated
    appraisal, thus allowing the home to be financed for more than the
    true value of the home. When the payments don’t get made, the victim
    (Kayden in this case) gets stuck holding a mortgage for more than the
    home can possibly be worth. And all the credit and legal issues that

    I have 2 such homes down the street from me….one was mortgaged at
    $160,000 in a neighborhood that I bought a house in for $70,000. The
    owner was a retired woman in California, who someone convinced to put
    her name on the line for a property she only saw pictures of. Yes , an
    idiot, but also a victim.
    The appraisal on the home was in the $180’s. A fake appraisal though.


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