"7 on Your Side": Scheming house hunters - KLTV.com - Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville |ETX News

"7 on Your Side": Scheming house hunters

By Courtney Lane - bio | email
Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - "It was just like I was picked out of a grab bag," said Sadie Dennard, a Bullard homeowner. 

Dennard is not alone. The Better Business Bureau says folks in Emerald Bay and now Whitehouse are being targeted by house hunters.

"What they're doing is they're mailing out letters just like this one saying they're interested in buying your home," explained Linda Bailey, with the BBB. "The BBB suspect it is a scam and they're targeting folks facing foreclosures to take advantage of."

The Obama administration announced a new crackdown on foreclosure scams, plaguing struggling homeowners in America. Many times they offer to purchase your house and let you rent, until you can buy it back. While it may seem like an answer to their prayers said the BBB, that couldn't be further from the truth. The BBB said scammers can take over your payments and raise the price.

"They've taken all your equity," said Bailey. "All of a sudden you don't have a home and you're out in the cold."

"It was a funny feeling 'cause you wonder what are they wanting my house for," said Dennard. 

We wanted to find out, so I called the local number. However, you reach a receptionist who is supposed to relay your message to the so-called private real estate investors.

"They buy houses," said the receptionist. "I don't have any further information about that. You'd have to ask them I'm sorry."

"And you can't reach them right now," I asked her.

"No ma'am," said the receptionist.

We left a message, but so has the BBB and they've never gotten a return call. They've traced the name to a local post office box, but are hitting a dead end.

"A lot of these people when they have post office boxes they're somewhere else," said Bailey. "They're just having the mail diverted from that box to another one."

Dennard didn't fall for it, and in fact, she dares anyone to try and take her home.

"Ain't nobody getting mine while I'm still alive," she said. "I'll just put it that way."

The BBB says if you are facing foreclosure, contact a legitimate mortgage company.

They advise calling 1-888-995-HOPE or visiting www.makinghomeaffordable.gov

©2009 KLTV. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

  • NewsMore>>

  • John Tyler receives donation for local lawyer to help upgrade helmets

    John Tyler receives donation for local lawyer to help upgrade helmets

    Friday, August 18 2017 11:14 PM EDT2017-08-19 03:14:50 GMT
    KLTV StaffKLTV Staff
    The John Tyler Lions always seem to look sharp in their uniforms. But thanks to East Texas lawyer Keith Miller, the Lions will look better and play safer. Helmets that advertise lowering the impact of hits, and possibly reduce the amount of concussions, come with a hefty price-tag. Miller's donation of 7,500 dollars, will go to help the lions cover that cost. "Keith Miller's been a big sponsor of John Tyler High School football program for years now.  I know it's...More >>
    The John Tyler Lions always seem to look sharp in their uniforms. But thanks to East Texas lawyer Keith Miller, the Lions will look better and play safer. Helmets that advertise lowering the impact of hits, and possibly reduce the amount of concussions, come with a hefty price-tag. Miller's donation of 7,500 dollars, will go to help the lions cover that cost. "Keith Miller's been a big sponsor of John Tyler High School football program for years now.  I know it's...More >>
  • Red Zone Rundown: Kilgore looks to a pair of Bulldogs speed to up offense

    Red Zone Rundown: Kilgore looks to a pair of Bulldogs speed to up offense

    Friday, August 18 2017 11:08 PM EDT2017-08-19 03:08:11 GMT
    KLTV StaffKLTV Staff
    The last time we talked about the Kilgore Bulldogs, quarterback Buddy Jackson and wide receiver Jonathan Shepherd were apart of the 800-meter relay team that won gold at the 2017 state track meet. But today they are back in the pads, and looking to turn their speed into touchdowns.  Competing in District 9-4A, Kilgore has always had a strong run game that helped them become the 2016 District Champs. However, in order to surpass their opponents this season, including Carthag...More >>
    The last time we talked about the Kilgore Bulldogs, quarterback Buddy Jackson and wide receiver Jonathan Shepherd were apart of the 800-meter relay team that won gold at the 2017 state track meet. But today they are back in the pads, and looking to turn their speed into touchdowns.  Competing in District 9-4A, Kilgore has always had a strong run game that helped them become the 2016 District Champs. However, in order to surpass their opponents this season, including Carthag...More >>
  • Arp ISD takes extra precautions after high levels of asbestos reported in city's water

    Arp ISD takes extra precautions after high levels of asbestos reported in city's water

    Friday, August 18 2017 10:43 PM EDT2017-08-19 02:43:21 GMT
    Sample of water taken from sink inside Arp Junior High School. (Source: KLTV News Staff)Sample of water taken from sink inside Arp Junior High School. (Source: KLTV News Staff)

    Holding up a sample of water collected from a sink at the Arp Junior High school, the district’s superintendent says “it looks like lake water.” 

    More >>

    Holding up a sample of water collected from a sink at the Arp Junior High school, the district’s superintendent says “it looks like lake water.” 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly