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Old 12-30-2020, 08:48 AM
 
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If I make a list of all my problems "My neighbor is selling their house and I don't like the listing description" would be #1,417,003. On the other hand "My neighbor is having loud late-night parties all the time" would be #57. Bad neighbor is leaving, take the win.

In terms of the actual listing, any reasonable buyer should be relying on their own due diligence. Obviously it's not acceptable to straight up lie (saying roof was replaced in 2019 when it's actually original from 2000). But listings are always saying things like "newer AC and furnace" and "recently updated kitchen" that sound good but are vague and open to interpretation. It's up to me (either myself or hiring an inspector) to truly evaluate the home. "New insulation in the attic" doesn't mean much. What kind of insulation was used? Was it installed properly to not mess up ventilation/airflow? The thing about being good as a rental is pretty meaningless IMO. If someone is looking to buy a rental property and one of their main decision making factors is "Does the listing say this will be a good rental?" they are way off track.

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Old 12-30-2020, 10:31 AM
 
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Im thinking someone has too much time on their hands.
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Old 12-30-2020, 11:15 AM
 
Location: Columbia, SC
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Wow, who cares? It's not a false add. Work was done and the advertisement promoted the updates. It's not relevant that wording is similar to the previous or who did the work. Get over it.
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Old 12-30-2020, 12:20 PM
 
Location: Columbia SC
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K-Luv

None of your business.
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Old 12-30-2020, 02:21 PM
 
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Its actually not uncommon for people who do no updates but want more money to do this. Nothing to keep a buyer from seeking out the previous listing and scrolling through photos to determine which upgrades were added by the current owner and which were there when they bought the place. Some websites even link you to previous listings so you can see both photos and price history. We had been considering an investment property where the sellers wanted a premium price and listed a litany of updates but photos revealed that their contributions to the home were a paint job and the owners they bought from did the work. Its just a marketing tactic
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Old 12-30-2020, 02:38 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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K-Luv is in Maryland. This is what has happened here:

https://abcnews.go.com/Business/poli...ry?id=26328002

So some suspicion may be warranted.
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Old 12-30-2020, 02:59 PM
 
Location: Ocala, FL
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That article you shared has nothing to do with the OP's question and could happen anywhere.
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Old 12-30-2020, 03:45 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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That article you shared has nothing to do with the OP's question and could happen anywhere.
You're right. Empty house. For Sale sign. Information that it was a rental when it wasn't. Nothing at all.
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Old 12-30-2020, 04:11 PM
 
Location: Ocala, FL
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The article was about someone fraudulently filing records, taking ownership of said properties and then renting them out as if they owned them.

Not the same thing as in the OP's issue/question about the listing in Zillow and what the OP felt was false.
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Old 12-30-2020, 04:34 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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K-Luv, to find out who owns the house go here:

https://sdat.dat.maryland.gov/RealPr...s/default.aspx
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