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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"Whacked"!!!
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Rainer
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Marge Piwowarski
Phoenix AZ Horse Property, LLC
Phoenix AZ Horse Property

Andrea, I think we should all assume that we HAVE no personal information.  It is all public. 

December 11, 2011 08:29 PM
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Andrea Swiedler
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties

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.

December 12, 2011 07:02 AM
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Ron Marshall
Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire
Marshall Enterprises

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.  !!!!!!!!

December 14, 2011 08:55 AM
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Marie Graham
Westchester County Interior Decorator, Home Stager
Owner, The Refreshed Home White Plains NY

Very scary out there-seeing what level the banks are really operating at.

 

December 15, 2011 11:22 PM
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Ann Hayden
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Prudential Select Properties-St. Louis Missouri

Andrea,

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

Ann Hayden in Wildwood, MO

December 19, 2011 11:40 PM
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Andrea Swiedler

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