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Uptown Real Estate Group, Inc. Reviews
MARIANA SALDANA LISTS HOMES THAT ARE NO LONGER FOR RENT OR SALE!!!!!!!!!
Real estate scam No. 2: You’re renting a home that doesn’t exist
Wait, what? But you can see it online, and it’s spectacular. Nice neighborhood, huuuuuge backyard! Sorry; that house might indeed have those features, but it’s not actually available.
Here’s how this racket works: The scammer "borrows" the address and photos from a vacant home listed for sale and creates a bogus home-for-rent ad online, explains Tom Hume of the Hume Group in Tacoma, WA.
When you ask to meet the supposed landlords, the answer is that they’re out of the country and can only communicate via email; sometimes, the scammers will use a phone call to draw you in. They ask you to send a deposit and rental payment to their overseas P.O. box, and tell you that the key is hidden on the property, or they’ll send you the code to the door once they have your funds.
Surprise! Never going to happen.
Outwit it: Before you fall in love with the home, make sure that you are speaking with the rightful owner of the property or an established property manager by conducting an online records search. You can start with a simple Google search of the property address or go to the county website. Many states also have searchable online databases, some of which track owners’ names, or you can use a free service like CourthouseDirect.com, which can provide relevant information for that property.
In a similar scenario, a bad actor could be renting out a foreclosed home, pocketing your rent money and forcing you to relocate when the bank comes calling. All foreclosure notices are filed with the county clerk’s office, so pay a visit to see if you can determine if the house is at any stage of the foreclosure process, suggests Paul Cones, president of CourthouseDirect.com.
If you’re local, make sure you drive by the house and do a little door knocking. Neighbors often know quite a bit about the house; and, bonus, if it’s for real, you’ve just met a potential neighbor! Above all, never ever send a cashier's check overseas without doing your homework, Hume says. (And that's good advice for any life situation.)
The Uptown Real Estate Group, Inc or Uptown Houston, or Uptown Houston Real Estate Group headed by Mariana Saldana is a criminal organization committing many crimes in the real estate industry within Houston. First of all, this company is extremely unprofessional and will not treat you like a client. They will treat you like an old pair of shoes, and will not communicate well with you. You will have to stay after them. I flew in from Toronto, Canada last minute on a property that Mariana Saldana (CEO of Uptown Real Estate Group, Inc), because she told me a property was 100% available and said I should flight out to avoid losing the property to someone else. She claimed the property was not under any contract or anything. The next day I fly in and we go view the property in which I was ready to purchase. She let me know I would need to submit an app and proof of funds. Knowing my docs would take me a day or two to finish, I requested a deposit to hold the property so that no one else could take it away. She told me "absolutely, I can hold it for you for a week". I said "deal". When I finished that, she told me everything was all good and hyped me on the property.She told me she was pile call me first thing th next morning at 8am. The next morning I wake up, and hours ago by and it is 1PM and still do not get any call or reply to any fof the my text from her. I was getting worried. She then had an office assistant who wasn't qualified or knew any actual information that could help me to just talk to me while she was going ghost. The guy proceeds to tell me that someone else took the property from me and that there is nothing they could do, and they refused to refund my deposit. I am currently in the process of suing the company, and I see online that there are many more examples of people going through the same problems as me. Misrepresentation of property and verbally agreeing to a deposit, but not doing it. Do not deal with these people. They are a bunch of scum bags pulling the classic Cololmbian sleazy business techniques. You will highly regret it.