I Got an Offer On Our Florida Home

@BelleStarr (39069)
United States
June 25, 2018 8:41pm CST
Yes you heard me right, I got an offer on the phone to buy our Florida home. Friday a man called me and said he was driving around Ocala and he wanted to offer me $50,000 cash for my house. I laughed at him. I told him "You realize that is a joke right, my house is worth double that amount". What I didn't tell him was I knew he wasn't driving by my house, it is a gated community and you have to say who you are visiting and they have to be contacted to come in. He wanted to know what it would take to make me interested? Nothing would interest me I told him, it's my vacation home. However, after I hung up I thought about it and I should have told him for $130,000 cash I would be interested, I have seen a house for sale in our complex that has a patio that we could gate for our dogs and that's what that house costs. lol I really hate these shysters who try to take advantage of seniors who may be having financial problems and he is going to try to steal my house away from me for cash!! I guess I should have told him that I bought the house 5 years ago for $50,000 cash so his offer would be a pretty poor investment!!
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@marguicha (97490)
• Chile
26 Jun
It happens everywhere. And many people who work selling houses do the same.
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@BelleStarr (39069)
• United States
26 Jun
Yes but this is my cell phone and I live in another state, how did he connect the two?
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@marguicha (97490)
• Chile
26 Jun
@BelleStarr I have to turn off my phone at night. I have been called from jail asking me for ransom of one of my children who are safe at their house. I donĀ“t know how they do it.
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• United States
28 Jun
@marguicha gee that's pretty scary to get a phone call like that
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@sol_cee (15925)
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
28 Jun
It's a beautiful house. What tree is that by the way?
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@BelleStarr (39069)
• United States
28 Jun
I am sorry, I have no idea what kind of tree it is but it sure is big and has lots of leaves ALL year!!
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@sol_cee (15925)
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
29 Jun
@BelleStarr It must have been there for a long time?
@rebelann (42013)
• El Paso, Texas
26 Jun
Good for you, so many so called investors try to offer less than half the value of a home and the sad part is that a realtor can easily work for both the buyer and the seller thereby losing nothing if the seller falls for the offer.
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@BelleStarr (39069)
• United States
26 Jun
Yes , if the time comes when I want to sell this house I will use the same realtor who found it for me 5 years ago.
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@rebelann (42013)
• El Paso, Texas
26 Jun
Just make sure that the realtor isn't playing both sides of the field @BelleStarr
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• United States
26 Jun
There are a lot of those type. I've seen so many yard signs on the side of the road "We Buy Houses!" Yeah, they might do, but not for what it's worth, that's for sure.
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@BelleStarr (39069)
• United States
26 Jun
Yes that was my that exactly. I just was bothered that he had my cell phone number and knew I owned a house in Florida,
• United States
26 Jun
@BelleStarr I would have been bothered by that as well. I do wonder how he found it out.
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@TRBRocks420 (79659)
• Banks, Oregon
26 Jun
Yes, you should have said 130 or 150 lol.
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@BelleStarr (39069)
• United States
26 Jun
lol I at least did laugh at him and tell him his offer was a joke but yes, I should have said 150,000. lol
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@mlgen1037 (29647)
• Manila, Philippines
26 Jun
Hi Belle. Some people think they are too clever. They never realize you are too wise to be fooled.
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@BelleStarr (39069)
• United States
26 Jun
I guess if you make enough of these calls you are going to eventually hit a desperate for cash person.
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@mlgen1037 (29647)
• Manila, Philippines
26 Jun
@BelleStarr Yes. But still patience is a virtue. I believe you will find that person who will offer you the deal that you wish.
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@BelleStarr (39069)
• United States
26 Jun
@mlgen1037 Oh I don't want to sell my house, I love it. I plan to leave it to my children.
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@just4him (120559)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
27 Jun
How did he get your number? That was brash of him. I didn't think you had the house for sale. I agree, people will do what they can to take advantage of seniors.
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@BelleStarr (39069)
• United States
28 Jun
No, I don't have it for sale, I plan to leave it to my children. The only reason I would sell would be to buy another home in the same neighborhood.
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@just4him (120559)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
28 Jun
@BelleStarr That's a good plan.
@bunnybon7 (36881)
• Holiday, Florida
26 Jun
yes he wanted to flip it for much much more. thats what i had to do in order to move right away when i got disabled. i lost a bundle on mine and just losing it broke my heart
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@BelleStarr (39069)
• United States
27 Jun
I am so sorry Bonnie, that is heartbreaking. Whenever someone is going through a tough time there is always someone willing to take advantage of that to cheat them.
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@bunnybon7 (36881)
• Holiday, Florida
27 Jun
@BelleStarr yes especially without a good spouse to help make decisions etc.
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@DianneN (79947)
• United States
26 Jun
Shyster is right! I'm sure he would resell it for a big profit. Our son's uncle and aunt-in-law just built a beautiful 4 bedroom home with a pool near Ocala. They moved there from Middletown. We constantly get offers from others to buy our condo and offers from those who would like to rent it. Many real estate companies also ask to buy our condo to resell for a profit. It's our vacation home and no way will we sell it or rent it. It's on the largest piece of Intercostal property from Delray Beach to Palm Beach. Since we bought it 6 years ago, the price has quadrupled, but we won't sell to anyone. It will be for our kids to enjoy, or they can sell it if they want when that day comes.
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@BelleStarr (39069)
• United States
27 Jun
That is exactly how I feel and it is now part of our trust so he can go and try to steal someone else's vacation home. I do get mailings all the time from legitimate real estate agents in the area. That is interesting that your son's uncle and aunt in law are from Middletown, that is my hometown!!
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@DianneN (79947)
• United States
27 Jun
@BelleStarr Exactly! I remember you mentioned that when our son got married in Middletown. It's a beautiful area!!!
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@JustBhem (39383)
• Davao, Philippines
26 Jun
And you did the right thing. That caller thought he/she can twist your mind. Lol
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@BelleStarr (39069)
• United States
26 Jun
Yes and he was very wrong lol
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@JustBhem (39383)
• Davao, Philippines
26 Jun
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@LadyDuck (164047)
• Switzerland
26 Jun
The prices of houses in some areas in Europe have dropped the last 5 years instead of going up. If you need to sell there is nothing you can do, but get less than you paid. If you do not need to sell, there is no reason to accept ridiculous offers.
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@BelleStarr (39069)
• United States
26 Jun
The prices in my area of Florida have doubled in the last 5 years and in most of Florida according to Zillow the prices have been on the rise for the last 6 years. This was not a friendly offer to help out, this was an attempt to steal my house for half of its value. No one should take advantage of an offer like this unless they are desperate or their house is a dump.
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@LadyDuck (164047)
• Switzerland
26 Jun
@BelleStarr You are so right, there are people ready to jump on every occasion they can get to steal money to people. It is a shame. I know that the value of our house here in Switzerland has doubled. Should be decide to sell, we go through a serious agency.
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@DeborahDiane (22487)
• Laguna Woods, California
26 Jun
@BelleStarr - I think you did the right thing. These types of crooks are likely to offer you more, then tie you up for months, ask for a huge repair allowance, and get you so frustrated that they eventually get you to cut the price. They can drive you crazy. I know. I was a Realtor for a long time and I occasionally ran across people like that.
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@BelleStarr (39069)
• United States
26 Jun
I have no interest in selling especially not for a discount price, I knew he was hoping for a good deal but he must have been sorely disappointed by my less than positive response.
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• Laguna Woods, California
26 Jun
@BelleStarr - Good for you for standing up for yourself!
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@responsiveme (16755)
• India
1 Jul
I like that house which you showed pictures of while painting the outside.and it has got a lake beside it? Glad you sent the person off.
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@BelleStarr (39069)
• United States
1 Jul
That is our house in Pennsylvania. I love it too we have just been too busy to go there.
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• United States
28 Jun
At least you didn't fall for his scam. Do you think it would actually be a legit sale if you had said yes?
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@BelleStarr (39069)
• United States
29 Jun
Yes I am sure he is one of those people who put up those signs around that say we will buy any home, they just want to buy it very cheap.
@garymarsh6 (14264)
• United Kingdom
27 Jun
What a cheek. I am so glad he called you and not some vulnerable old person. These people are despicable and I really hope that this warning goes out to other mylotters to be aware of these scoundrels. I hope you managed to keep him on the line for a long time wasting his time. Not only does it waste his time but it prevents him from swindling someone else. How on earth did he manage to get your phone number. That is questionable too could it have been an inside job?
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@BelleStarr (39069)
• United States
27 Jun
I have to say that bothered me too but of course, I use only my cell phone when I am in Florida so this number is attached to my water and electric bill, my insurance and tax bill. It may be in a public record.
@Elizaby (3695)
• Pensacola, Florida
27 Jun
50000 in that part of Florida would be almost a slap in the face as many vacation properties go for qlmost 3 times that
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@BelleStarr (39069)
• United States
27 Jun
lol Yes it was rather ludicrous but then I am not in debt or desperate to sell.
@Icydoll (22587)
• India
26 Jun
You are very smart my dear friend..i am glad he couldn't snowball you. Good job my dear friend
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@BelleStarr (39069)
• United States
26 Jun
Thank you yes, it just bothered me that he wanted to take advantage of us.
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@andriaperry (53581)
• United States
26 Jun
There is a company here that wants me to take their offer for the houses I am selling, I have never called them because I know another land owner that did, he flips houses, he said they want to buy it for nothing.
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@BelleStarr (39069)
• United States
26 Jun
Yes that is the exact scenario I am sure. I just wonder how he got my cell phone number to associate with my house.
@JudyEv (126340)
• Bunbury, Australia
26 Jun
Some people really have a nerve don't they? What a shame you didn't think quicker.
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@BelleStarr (39069)
• United States
26 Jun
lol Yes maybe I could have traded up lol
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• United States
26 Jun
That was smart on your part. I am glad he couldn't snowball you. Good job.
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@BelleStarr (39069)
• United States
26 Jun
I am not easy to trick at least about some things, I am very well aware of what properties go for in my neighborhood, I am always looking.