Why it is ALWAYS Important To Hire a Licensed, Professional Real Estate Agent
Even in what’s being called a real estate recovery, there are many distressed homeowners out there who may still be experiencing financial hardship or foreclosure of their home by their mortgage lender. Recently, a Van Nuys woman was indicted on a 36 count felony charge that includes grand theft and the recording of false and fraudulent documents while defrauding over 100 distressed homeowners.
Anna Moskovyan, 36, of Van Nuys used public records to target properties scheduled for tax lien sales by the Los Angeles County Treasurer and Tax Collector’s office. She would then forge grant deeds at the County office to transfer ownership from the rightful property owner(s) to herself. She would then file claims to receive the excess proceeds from the tax sale of the property, and pocket the profits.
Moskovyan would also record dozens of phony mechanic’s liens against the title of the property for contractor work that was never performed. She would then charge financial institutions to “clear” the liens.
Lastly, she fraudulently transferred ownership of two real estate properties to herself by recording forged grant deeds, then fraudulently obtain loans using the illegally obtained properties as collateral.
Valencia and Canyon Country were two of the several Southern California communities where Moskovyan committed her fraudulent activities. Other areas included Altadena, Canoga Park, Cerritos, Diamond Bar, Downey, Hacienda Heights, La Canada, La Puente, La Mirada, Lakewood, North Hollywood, Northridge, Monterey Park, Valley Village, Compton and South Los Angeles.
According to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, Moskovyan committed these crimes between April 2010 and June 2012. She was arrested on March 28th, and is currently in custody with bail set at $1.24 million. It is alleged that her criminal behavior netted her over $100,000.
Know your real estate agent, know their background!
All too often distressed homeowners are taken in with promises of help and foreclosure avoidance from individuals or companies who are reluctant to provide them with details regarding their experience or background. Remember the old saying: “If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is!”.
Never, ever conduct real estate business with an unlicensed agent.
If you are a distressed homeowner and you are approached by someone claiming to help you with your situation, be sure to perform your due diligence. Find out about their brokerage, check the status of their real estate license, and get the real facts on what options may be available to you with regard to avoiding foreclosure.
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Valencia, CA 91355
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