Thursday, January 31, 2008

Modern day "snake oil" doesn't come in a bottle anymore...

For Sale, a certified copy of your deed for only $89.95. Stop, don't buy it!

If it's happening in Tucson, Arizona it can happen anywhere in America...real estate brokers, agents and homeowners please don't fall for the latest scam to hit the great southwest...that's right there's a national company mailing letters to homeowners indicating that household records must include a certified copy of the deed to their home which, of course, they will be happy to provide for the low bargain price of $89.95.

What most homeowners don't know is that you can get that same document from your local County Recorder (Pima County AZ) for only a buck per page and an additional charge of 3 more bucks to have the deed certified if you believe certification is important. If you are really on a tight budget, have no fear, homeowners may even be able to get a copy free of charge from their escrow agent or merely ask their real estate agent to retrieve it from the Internet. Admittedly, while it may be a good idea to keep a copy of the deed with other important papers close by it shouldn't cost an arm and a leg to do so.

This is a first in a series of Scam Alerts...stay tuned...more to come.