Real Estate Conversations with Brenda: Clues That If it Sounds Too Good to Be True Then it Probably Is-Home Buying Advice San Antonio TX

Clues That If it Sounds Too Good to Be True Then it Probably Is-Home Buying Advice San Antonio TX

Home searching online can be a bit of fun, but mostly annoying at the misinformation on many of those sites.  

In the effort to perform my civic duty to those looking to purchase a Clues That Home for Sale is a Fake Listinghome in the Greater San Antonio TX area, I thought I would give you a couple of handy clues to recognize that if you see an actual deal of the century...and if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.  

Clue #1-If you see an ad on one of those sites selling a home for $2000, (or less than $10,000), it's most likely a scam or maybe a rental that mis-listed.  I've had many people call me on a scam listing thinking they just found the miracle of all miracles to purchase a home for so little.  

You can get some good deals in Real Estate and although $2000.00-$10,000 is a lot of money, it's definitely NOT going to purchase you a home.

By the way, if any home is really listed for that little, investors would have probably swooped in and bought it first.  

Clue #2-If the actual "guestimate" is way higher than the list price, you  may want to raise an eyebrow or two.  Those "guestimates" are usually way off in the OTHER direction.  

And, those "guestimates" aren't any good in our Texas by the way in either direction.  Texas is a non disclosure State and we aren't supposed to put what price a home sold for on any site such as that.  

For example, if you see New Home Construction for Sale in Cibolo TX with a price point that's extremely off, then it's probably a fake.  Now to be sure, New Home Construction generally starts off at a lower price than what they end up selling for, but not 100s of thousands lower.  

There's a brand new home listed recently for a little over $100,000 on those sites.  These homes sell for more like $400,000 and the starting price is in the very high $300,000s.  I have received a ton of calls on that little fake miracle today alone (hence this post).  

Clue #3-If you only see an ID number on the home rather than an actual MLS number along with pricing weirdness it may be a scam.  Brokers will list in the mulitple listing service or MLS and that's the number that should be associated with a listing unless it's a For Sale by Owner Listing.  You will find that information at the top.  

I don't mind you if you call me to check it out just in case there is a miraculous event that someone's selling the home for actual pennies on the dollar, I just hate crushing your real estate dreams and feel like the bad guy when I'm like "no way is this home selling for that amount".  

This is not my effort to bash any of those sites by the way.  I love them, because people call me and I gain many of my favorite clients.  

Those sites can be great fun to look at; however, when you're ready to purchase a home, call a professional and get the actual information.  Have your Realtor® set you up on an MLS search that meets your criteria for a home search or you can Search for San Antonio TX Homes for Sale Here if you like.

Bottom line, when searching those Real Esate portals, it's buyer beware and well...If it Sounds Too Good To Be True---Then it Probably Is.  



Brenda Mullen – San Antonio Texas Real Estate Professional

Brenda Mullen Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent
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Comment balloon 19 commentsBrenda Mullen • May 26 2016 02:39PM


Sadly, too many homebuyers believe these sites. A home for $100? Not likely.

Posted by Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell (Front Gate Real Estate) over 4 years ago

Brenda- so well written!  Consumers are bombarded with information and misinformation and they need a true professional to learn what's truly real. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 4 years ago

Brenda, more solid advice!  I'm amazed at expectation from people who are moving here from areas where you can find a great house for pennies.  They will pay more in one month's rent in many cases!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 4 years ago

Brenda, The consumer suspects that it isn't right and those sites are incorrect. That is why they are calling a Realtor and want the facts and the truth.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties, The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730 (Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070) over 4 years ago

Right on, Brenda. I get a couple calls a month from folks being scammed on Craigs List. Mostly rentals, but home sales too. 

Posted by Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro (Cornerstone Business Group Inc) over 4 years ago

Isn't that the truth? Whenever anyone asks about the 5 bedroom home on a lake in the mountains on 5 acres for $50,000, I tell them that I would have purchased it long before they could have if it had been real. :)

Posted by Mimi Foster, Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor (Falcon Property Solutions) over 4 years ago

Good morning Brenda Mullen,

Love your post..sound advice..if it sounds too good to be true it is! Buyers know it doesn't sound right but the temptation is too great when they are in the market to buy not to ask!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899) over 4 years ago

If it appears too good to be true, it is. I've received calls and queries about these types of properties as well. Argh.

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty) over 4 years ago

Hello Brenda Mullen,  Sorry I do not see you in the rain much.  Great blog as always from you.  Hope all is fine with you.

Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) over 4 years ago

This is why they have licensed individuals to help in all Real Estate matters

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) over 4 years ago

Hello Brenda ...

Wonderful post, congrats on the feature and have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz over 4 years ago


Your post is right on point . . . . If it'd sounds to be true . . . . Your right.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 4 years ago


Congratulations on earning a gold star feature for an outstanding post.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 4 years ago

Brenda Mullen - some of these 'scam' are very obvious - a common sense, perhaps. However, I have seen people falling for them! Before a dime goes out of pocket, the listing should be verified! However,

I have heard the stories of people wiring thousands of dollars to somewhere in Africa without even looking at the home!

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) over 4 years ago

I love the post. I hope home buyers will read it and learn from it.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) over 4 years ago

Yes, that's the case of many -- they want to think they can get that perfect place for chump change . . . emphasis on the "chump"

Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED (RETIRED / State License is Inactive) over 4 years ago

Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner -Too funny, chump change lol.  I hope all is well with you and thanks for stopping by!

Posted by Brenda Mullen, Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!! (RE/MAX Access) over 4 years ago

Good blog, Brenda!  Good advice and very well written! :)

Posted by Ricki Eichler McCallum, Broker,GRI,ABR, e-Pro, TAHS (CastNet Realty) over 4 years ago

This is the bread & butter in our market, and it is not only with real estate it is happening in all the industries, people beleive that evry single item post it in the Internet is true!! We have to do a constant educacional campaign to mitigate the missinformation 

Posted by JM Padron, CCIM, MRICS, CCIM, MRICS, Serving Mexico-USA Border (THE JMTEAM NETWORK) over 4 years ago

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