It was no magic trick, it was clearly a case of Google-hit-and-run.

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Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties Licensed in Connecticut

Mystery solvedThe other day I had a mystery I wrote a about, I had a message from a gentleman from the loss mitigation department of JP Morgan Chase leave me a message about a potential short sale listing he would like me to call about. The street address was the same as a current listing I have that is NOT NOT NOT a short sale. It is owned by a relo company. You can read about my scamish sounding mystery here.

After gathering a group of agents in the office to listen to the message (over and over again), it was decided that he was probably saying it was in Hackettstown, or something close to that. There is a Hackettstown, NJ. There is no Hackettstown, CT, that much I can tell you. Last time I checked, I don't have a license to sell real estate in New Jersey.

Someone in the office ran to their computer and Googled the street address. The third, forth, fifth and sixth slots were me, me, me and me, with my listing at the same street address, in CT. (Trulia beat me out for 1 and 2 slots) The conclusion? Mr. Loss Mitigation must have done the same thing, and not realized I was in Connecticut. That is my ONLY conclusion thus far as I have decided NOT to try to waste any more time on it. The mystery is solved to my satisfaction, it was clearly a case of Google-hit-and-run. You know, when you Google something and only use the blurb that pops up on the search page to get your information. It's worse than reading the cliff notes for a book reading assignment at school! It's like getting your information from a friend who watched a movie based on the book you were supposed to read!

The one thing this whole mystery reaffirmed is that between Realbird, Youtube, my website and ActiveRain I am covered on the Google scene. (that is the order I showed up on Google when we searched for the street address, no town/city/state info.) That made me happy indeed!

Bottom line: I was not pulled out of a hat like a rabbit, it was not a scam, it was clearly a case of a Google-hit-and-run!

There is one thing that bothers me about this. Chase, in an attempt to collect a debt, was willing to contact a third party and discuss information about a home owner in distress. That just doesn't sit well with me.


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Rainmaker
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Ginny Gorman
Phillips Post Road Realty ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
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Ughh, Andrea if I were the homeowner i would be livid...it is like spreading negative gossip all around...what if it weren't you who was contacted but some big mouth realtor in town...

Dec 09, 2011 08:13 AM #1
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David Popoff
DMK Real Estate & Property Mgmt - Darien, CT
Realtor & Property Manager, Fairfield County, Ct.

Andrea, good title Google hit and run, mystery solved. Happy Holidays.

Dec 09, 2011 08:14 AM #2
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Lisa Dunham
Keller Williams Realty - Alexandria, VA
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Andrea, the good news is ... you are definitely popping up all over Google and nothing could be more pleasing than that!  Hmmm, I might have to check into adding Realbird. I have noticed that a lot of agents are using it.  

Dec 09, 2011 08:14 AM #3
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Andrea Swiedler
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Ginny, that is what bothered me the most about this. Seriously. You are so right, it could have gone very differently, and probably does.

David, why thank you... Happy Holidays to you too!

Lisa, Realbird is the best thing since sliced bread!!!!!!

Dec 09, 2011 08:16 AM #4
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Carol Zingone
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty - Jacksonville Beach, FL
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Andrea- so scary sometimes how people assume all the information they find on the internet to be 100% accurate.

Dec 09, 2011 08:21 AM #5
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Ed Silva
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Andrea, there are some Go Girls, and some sad news in this post. Go Girl for the Google presense and so sad of a loss mitigtor to be reachig out like tht and causing more harm than good. Some lawyer could have a field day with the libel.

Dec 09, 2011 08:31 AM #6
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Donna Malone
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Andrea, It will be good to turn your attention to more enjoyable activities. It is, after all, the season to be merry.

Dec 09, 2011 08:49 AM #7
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Than Maynard
Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma - Purcell, OK
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Good grief, why should he think there might be other streets in the US that have the same address as his short sale. That might require typing the city and state into the google bar!

Dec 09, 2011 09:33 AM #8
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Cathy McAlister
Cathy Ashley McAlister, GRI CDPE - Broker / Sacramento - Sacramento, CA
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As to your last paragraph, we have also been hit by collection agents working for a short sale lenders.    One lender, was absolutely persistent.  They would call here looking for the homeowner and it was not the short sale department, in fact, a different name.  So I google reversed the number and name and found that it was a collection division under the short sale lender.    I put nothing past any lender in their pursuits of green and we will not be a party to anything above and beyond servicing our short sale. 

Dec 09, 2011 01:00 PM #9
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Matt Listro
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Andrea,

This must feel like such a waste of your time to ahve tried figuring out what happen just to find out that it was the other persons mistake and carelessness.  People need to slow down and take some time to do things correctly.

:-)

Matt

Dec 09, 2011 04:40 PM #10
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George Souto
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Andrea since you are coming up that high on the google search maybe you should consider getting licensed in NJ .............. LOL

Dec 09, 2011 09:53 PM #11
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Andrea Swiedler
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Carol, yes it is scary. Worse that they will discuss anything with anyone.

Ed, that was certainly my first thought, lawsuit in the making!

Donna, I am trying!!! Decorating, enjoying the grandkids while trying to get through my work!

Than, LOL, yes it would. And I guess that is too much to ask.

Cathy, and I wonder how many laws they violate?

Matt! How the heck are ya! Yes, it did waste my time which also does not make me happy. Those are minutes I will never get back!

George, perhaps I should.... sounds like a plan!

Dec 10, 2011 07:20 AM #12
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Cheryl Dickson
RETIRED - Realtor, GRI - Grand Junction, CO
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Andrea, I'm glad you were able to solve the mystery of the hit and run. I bet that's exactly right. sounds like a  good explanation. But it is a shame they were so willing to discuss personal info with a 3rd party.

Dec 11, 2011 11:56 AM #13
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Silvia Dukes PA, REALTOR
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Andrea, glad you figured it out and in the process discovered your internet presence.  I like naming this "hit-and-run"...  there are many people who just look at the summary without going into details not realizing those summaries often combine different pieces of information that may not necessarily all point to the same source or destination. 

Dec 11, 2011 12:02 PM #14
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Whoa, that's quite an eye opener, Andrea, that the lender would be seeking you out re their debt - nice....

Glad that the upside was that you saw in action that your internet presence is impressive! :-)

Dec 11, 2011 08:29 PM #15
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Marge Piwowarski
Phoenix AZ Horse Property - Phoenix, AZ
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Andrea, I think we should all assume that we HAVE no personal information.  It is all public. 

Dec 11, 2011 08:29 PM #16
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Andrea Swiedler
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Cheryl, it is a shame they are so willing to discuss, that is, unless of course you actually have the listing...

Silvia, the little blurb often is very misleading.

Karen, I am shocked (ok, not really) that they were so willing to contact a third party and blab.

Marge, I don't think we do have any personal info.

Dec 12, 2011 07:02 AM #17
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Ron Marshall
Marshall Enterprises - Saint Michael, MN
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Chase called one of the brokers I work with to accept an offer on a short sale that he and another agent had listed.....six months after they OWNED it.  The broker informed them that the buyer had walked four months earlier and that they were now in possession of the home, had had it winterized, etc.  !!!!!!!!

Dec 14, 2011 08:55 AM #18
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Marie Graham
Owner, The Refreshed Home White Plains NY - White Plains, NY
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Very scary out there-seeing what level the banks are really operating at.

 

Dec 15, 2011 11:22 PM #19
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Ann Hayden
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Andrea,

I field many phone calls about subdivisions I have posted about...  Title companies looking for the trustees.

Ann Hayden in Wildwood, MO

Dec 19, 2011 11:40 PM #20
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