Protection, Examples, and Advice
many of you will discover, local real estate agents will start contacting
you once you start advertising FSBO. You may be swamped with their phone
calls. What you may not know is that you could be also swamped with
emails. That is why we offer junk mail protection with our FSBO Property
Information Web Page Packages.
your FSBO website includes your email address (unless you specific otherwise),
we never put your email in the ads we post.
that would expose you to a ton of junk mail and spam. Some ad sites
have partnerships with real estate agents and so forth to provide them
with the email addresses listed on their ad sites. Other sites are scanned
regularly by enterprising agents who harvest email addresses themselves.
Either way, your email address becomes fair game for all their many
we recommend that people create a free 'throw-away' email account for
their website with a service such as Hotmail.com - called 'throw-away'
because you delete the address once you sell your home - we also provide
a free service for all the ads we place.
of using your email address in the ads, we create a special email address
for you that we monitor, and only forward serious inquiries to you.
we always weed out the real spam (you know the mail we mean), we also
weed out what *we* consider junk mail. In other words, we weed out all
the many emails you would otherwise get from mortgage brokers, real
estate agents wanting to list your home, and services who say they wish
to buy your home but really wish to either pay only 60-70% of your asking
price or who wish to set up a lease-purchase option whereby you do not
receive full payment for your home up front, but only after several
Here are some examples
of the mail we weed out.
of discount purchasers:
Example of emails that mislead you into thinking they are from an
interested buyer. Individual buyers will not ask you these questions.
Asking how long you have had it on the market, why you are selling,
and when you need to sell by are efforts to determine whether or not
you are a 'desperate' seller.
| What is the
exact address of your home for sale? How long have you had
it on the market? Why are you selling and when do you need
to sell by? What price are you asking?
Some are even trickier, and we know to weed them out simply because
we see so many identical ones from the same people asking about properties
all over the country.
YOU CONSIDER A CONTRACT FOR DEED OR LEASE OPTION.PLEASE DON'T HESITATE
TO CALL.THANK YOU AND GOOD LUCK.
2) As their own disclaimer reads, "please DO NOT SUBMIT INFORMATION
about your property if you are NOT INTERESTED in receiving a DISCOUNT
saw your ad at FSBO.net and I wanted to let you know.
In The Next 2 Days Your House Could Be Sold At Absolutely NO Cost
To You! We Buy Houses Fast! If you want to sell your house quickly
and still get a fair price, here's your perfect solution.
WE BUY HOUSES in any condition, any area, all types of situations.
Behind in payments? Even with little or NO equity.
We can pay cash and close fast if needed. If all you want
is relief from payments, we'll close in the next 2 days.
We are BUYERS, not realtors.
of mortgage brokers:
| Let me introduce
myself, my name is John Smith and I am with First National Home
Loan and I am not a realtor so please hear me out. I have put together
a free assistance program for FSBO sellers and I would like to share
with you how it works and how it will get better prospective buyers
through your front door by offering them 0 down and other financing
options. Please give me a call and I will go over all of the many
details. 952-123-4567 or 612-123-4567. Thank you for your time and
of 'helpful' emails from lease purchase 'specialists':
| Would you
be interested if we could show you how to get the top sales price
in your market area whenever possible, to save you money in Realtor
commissions and closing costs; to get you a tenant/buyer who not
only gives you a percentage of the purchase price up front in non-refundable
option money, but pays on time and takes care of the maintenance,
and to do all this in possibly 30 days or less!
How can we do all this? Simple, we are Lease Purchase specialists
who are active not only in our local market, but nationwide, doing
our own investing or in consultation with others.
In our opinion, Lease Purchase is the only true Win/Win strategy
for moving your property quickly.
If you would like additional information, or would like to speak
with us further about how the Lease Purchase Advantage can benefit
you, please give us a call.
of combo offers from lease purchase/discount 'specialists':
My wife and I are Real Estate Investors and we buy property 1 of
2 ways. We buy all cash, and if we do, you have got to give me a
great deal. Or we buy on terms, where we agree to cover your mortgage
payment, cover all maintenance on the home via a lease-purchase
contract. I have attached our Frequently Asked Questions to help
you understand why a lease-purchase contract is a wonderful way
to sell your home. Please take some time to read through the Frequently
Asked Questions, it will only take a minute or two, and email me
if either of these sound like something that you are interested
in. We can close a deal within a matter of days!!
few rules of thumb if you are interested in pursuing some of these offers:
Example of emails
we check before considering them
- A number of
these offers come across our desktop that scream DELETE ME! even
if they potentially could be legitimate. We're not saying they aren't
legitimate, only that the same rules that apply to email scams and
viruses need to apply here as well.
- Among the
things we warn against are emails that don't have anything but a
name and, perhaps, a phone number in them as identifiers. A legitimate
company should have all sorts of contact information in all their
emails. (Check out ours to see what we mean.) The email in that
last example only had a name. We would automatically delete emails
with that little information. Again, this doesn't mean that these
people are not legitimate, just that you need to be very skeptical
of emails like that. It's better to be safe than sorry and, if you
are truly interested in lease-purchase or discount purchasers, you
can find these on your own rather than depending on potentially
fraudulent emails from total strangers.
- Another thing
you should do is check out the return address. Our email addresses
all end in @sell-your-home-fsbo.com or @acornwebworks.com because
those are our business names. "Professional" emails from
addresses like @yahoo.com or @hotmail.com should be viewed with
great suspicion. While legitimate buyers may very well have an email
address like that (heck, you may have one!), emails alleging to
be from businesses need to be held to a higher standard.
Free email addresses
and professional businesses don't generally go together anymore.
about email addresses, even if the email isn't from one of the free
email providers (e.g. yahoo, hotmail, msn) you should still check
it out. The email in the example above was from something like BrownRealEstateInvesting@wmconnect.com.
We would have expected the address to be something like Sales@BrownRealEstateInvesting.com
if it were an established business getting its leads via email and
wanting to be taken seriously, not from @wmconnect.com.
So we checked out wmconnect.com on Google - and it is Wal-Mart's
email domain name. What does this lead us to believe? That one of
the "Real Estate Investors" works at Wal-Mart. And that
they haven't invested enough in their business to purchase a domain
name or create a website where people can check them out further.
Again, they may be perfectly legitimate - we're not trying to imply
they aren't - but selling your home is a major undertaking. If we
were going to pursue the options they recommend, we'd find someone
who understands the need to be totally professional with potential
clients. These folks don't.
- And don't forget
one more important thing. This particular email had an attachment
they wanted you to download. Remember...you are never supposed to
open attachments from strangers. If you still want to, make very
sure you have up-to-date antivirus software AND up-to-date
virus signature files on your computer, and don't open the file
until you have had your antivirus program scan it. (In this case,
there was no virus, but the file never opened so we could never
review their FAQ. Yet another way these folks were less than professional.)
I'm inquiring about your property listing "19196" for
sale listed on an_example_site.com.
Some of the time an email like this is from a non-buyer. They simply
want to make contact with you so that they can start pushing their services.
However, potential buyers will also send you a query like this. (Generally
they want to know if the property is still for sale.) We always
contact the writers of such emails to see if they are 'legit' or not.
If they are, we would point them to your website and send you a copy
of their email.
you want us to weed out spam email, we will do so as part of our services
for you. If you do not want us to do this, simply check the box on our
Request form that says you wish to receive all email without our weeding
out junk mail. The choice is yours.
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Tel: (785) 841-6902
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of real estate. We do not represent the buyer or seller and
do not receive a commission on the sale of any property. We
do not provide real estate or legal advice. Legal counsel
should be obtained in processing real estate transactions.
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wants or needs is provided by those persons. Acorn WebWorks,
Inc. makes no guarantee for the accuracy of the information listed
and cannot be held liable for information that is not true or correct.
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