PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — Ana Mitchell has a information for potential buyers and renters in the hot real estate market — do your research.
On Monday, Clearwater Police arrested a female for attempting to lease out homes she did not possess. Whilst 44-year-old Ewelina Drozd is facing a burglary of an unoccupied dwelling demand, Police said other expenses are pending.
One of the homes Drozd is accused of striving to offer was on Magnolia Travel in Clearwater. It was a person of Mitchell’s listings.
“One of the realtors that was in our community, she referred to as me and she mentioned ‘hey, your listing and my listing, there is a thing likely on and you ought to look at it out,’” Mitchell claimed. “At initially I was angry, men and women are battling and for any individual just to appear and choose other people’s cash in moments like this, it is just ridiculous.”
Karey Whitfield is the sufferer. She explained when Drozd confirmed her the qualities, every little thing seemed on the up and up.
“She allow me in, she confirmed me all over, and I explained this is fantastic, she pulled out a lease agreement, I’m a notary and I’m used to looking at authorized documents and I’m searching at all the things,” Whitfield said. “Everything looks tremendous kosher.”
She gave Drozd a payment to deal with the deposit and the initially month’s hire. She got most of her income again following Drozd was arrested.
Mitchell mentioned consumers and renters will need to be vigilant and do their research.
“If you are leasing, connect with the listing agent. Request for the referral. Question your mates, request your household. Who did you use to buy or promote? Who did you use to hire,” Mitchell said. “You can go on the Hillsborough or Pinellas County web site, go to the assessor’s office, plug in the deal with, pull up who the owner is, appropriate? If the person who is assembly you is not the owner, question these queries. You’re not Joe. What is going on?”
Whitfield is now actively warning some others on social media to be thorough.
“Watch out, cause they are out there. They are out there,” explained Whitfield. “If I had anything to say to other men and women that had been out residence hunting or in the exact same circumstance in which you know you have to have to locate someplace to dwell, in this economy, in this serious estate craziness, is make sure you have all of your ducks in a row.”