Wellington Florida Real Estate News: Mortgage Fraud Comes To Wellington

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Wellington Florida Real Estate News: Mortgage Fraud Comes To Wellington Florida. 

We get asked quite often why the prices have dropped so dramatically in Versailles of Wellington Florida.  Versailles in Wellington Florida was built right at the height of the boom and right before the bubble burst. 

The homes are stunningly beautiful in old French Provincial themes and the most extravagant entrance probably in all of Wellington. The entrance alone cost the developer millions of dollars. This is a gated community with a resort style clubhouse and pool. You can read more about Versailles Wellington Homes For Sale on this post that I wrote. 

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By the time the building started you could not touch the smallest home in Versailles for under $600,000 with many of the homes selling between 1 million to 3 million dollars at that time. This attracted wannabe investors who were planning to flip these properties before the completion of the building. So what would happen is the buyer would go to the sales office, pick out their lot and their model to get built, then put down a very small deposit, usually about $10,000 To $15,000. The buyer did not have to go through the loan process until the end of construction. Some people bought two or more of these properties this way. Then the bust came and these buyers were stuck with having to close on the loans since they could not flip them during escrow because the values started to decline. Some people leased their properties and many just walked away and let them get foreclosed which drives the prices lower still. 

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A federal grand jury just indicted 8 South Florida licensed mortgage brokers, title agents and straw buyers. These people have all been indicted for committing fraud on buying five homes in Versailles of Wellington. 

The indictment consists of 15 counts. The indictment alleges that these people flipped these 5 properties sometimes TWICE in the same day!!! And doubling the value of the property in ONE DAY!  The group recruited buyers who did not have to bring any money to closing, took title to the property and then 24 hours later transferred the title. For doing this they each were paid $10,000. 

Then when the second buyer took title to the property 24 hours later they were getting $437,000 of the mortgage money from Washington Mutual, WAMU. Then they walked away from all of these homes and allowed those homes to go into foreclosure and committing fraud against WAMU to the amount of $8.5 million dollars. 

 Please remember that all people accused of a crime have the right to defense and are innocent until proven guilty. The following names are in the indictment, a matter of public record and reported also in the local newspapers: 

Most of the defendants are from Miami Florida and some also from Columbia, Rony Alberto Aguilar, Reinaldo Perez-Sanchez, Pablo Atouro Aponte-Torres from Puerto Rico, Fabio Salazar, Roger Omar Nunez- Murillo, Idalmis Arias, Ericson Perez of Georgia and Juan Carlos Lopez of Miami. 

You can get a really good price on a magnificent mini mansion in Versailles Wellington Florida! Their loss is your gain!


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Renée Burrows
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Stuff like that makes me sick.  What a beautiful community of executive-luxury style homes and I am sure many "normal, real" buyers got caught in the crosshairs with severely declining assets!!  We had one of these fraud rings going on that involved over 200 homes.  The girl arrested (again innocent until proven guilty) was listed in the 30 under 30 for Realtor mag.  SAD!

November 13, 2009 11:46 AM
Nestor & Katerina Gasset
Realtors, Wellington Florida Homes For Sale
International Properties and Investments LLC

Renee- Really??? A Realtor was implicated? That is sad! I don't know of any agents that were arrested. Many of those that did this were not agents but people selling real estate without a license, which is a felony in Florida.

November 13, 2009 11:54 AM
Bill Blair
Covington Georgia Realtor Covington Living Homes
Coldwell Banker Realty

Katerina... Sorry this happened, but know how you feel.  We in Georgia, particularly in certain zip codes around Atlanta and Decatur, led the nation in Mortgage fraud for quite some time during the boom years.  And there were mortgage providers, attorneys, builders, developers, buyers, appraisers, and Realtors involved.  Unfortunately there were also a number of innocent people who were "used" in the various scams.  Pretty sad, but widespread!

November 13, 2009 04:56 PM
Anonymous #31

Katerina, I've been waiting for the 'perp' walks. Flips like these involve both agents, the mortgage broker, the appraiser, and the buyer and seller. Some of those parties knew they were defrauding, others went along, and still others thought it was just something that was done 'all the time'.

But when you see a contract price pumped $65,000 more than list, and then you see closing costs for the same $65,000 fed back to the buyer from the seller, even a newbie like me can read 'FRAUD' in capital letters. The contract I ran across in the files of my new brokerage at the time (no longer with them) didn't close. But how many of those deals did go through? And now we're in the mess we're in.

November 13, 2009 08:07 PM
Georgie Hunter
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers

What a shame!  I hope they nail their asses to the wall.  On the other hand, some genuine buyers can now take advantage of the good deals.

November 13, 2009 09:03 PM

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