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Century 21 All Service Realty / Fraud, Misrepresentation

1 810 Jamacha Rd # 101 El Cajon CAEl Cajon, CA, United States Review updated:
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Phone: (619) 440-2020

This office and (Michael Robe Agent) sold us a parcel of land (2.51 acres) for 235, 000 and did not disclose information it received during escrow of a neighbor's claim to a prescriptive easement across the entire front of the property.

One year after the sale we were sued by the neighbor for quiet title to his claimed easement. We had no prior knowledge of the easement. CENTURY 21 ALL SERVICE owned by George Serochi apologized however this office has refused to help us resolve this matter AND this lawsuit against US is still continuing 3 years after the sale. Our dream of building our home has now vanished along with our savings account as we were forced to hire lawyers to defend ourselves and also sue Century 21 All Service for their greed, fraud and misrepresentation. Worst of all is their failure to take any action what-so-ever to help us or make things right They jsut ignored us and left it all up to us to climb out of the mess and the nightmare they caused.

We spent thousands of dollars preparing the land for our home to be built and hiring engineers, architects, paying for permits, plans, fees etc...Everything has stopped now except for the nightmares, anxiety and stress we suffer each day. We are left alone to defend ourselves as Micheal Robe, Century 21 All Service, and owner George Serochi wipe their hands of this disaster they caused.

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  • Ds
      7th of Apr, 2009
    0 Votes

    Did you buy tile insurance, did you have a title search completed? If you did then you should be covered by the title insurance, especially if the title company missed the easement. If the title company did find out about the easement then they had an obligation to notify you directly.

  • Fa
      29th of Apr, 2009
    0 Votes

    If you had a lender in this transaction, 99 percent of lenders require title insurance for the loan to complete the transaction, the search of records would have found this easement and notified you, and the lender, that it existed. The ommision of the easement by the title company would be covered by the policy to protect the lender, however, if you did not also purchase an owners policy of title insurance, then well, sorry, but it sounds like you are out of luck. The Realtor is in NO WAY at fault for this, they make sure the documents are secured so that you can take possession of the property (easements, rights of way, liens etc.) and they can advise you to purchase a policy, or have a search done, but it sounds as if they have done their due dilligence. If they were a good realtor, they would have recommended an owners policy of title insurance, especially if you are paying cash. The premium is upfront at close, once, and last for the entire time you or your heirs own the property and would have covered your loss from this easement. A bit of research into your purchase could have saved you, and let this be a lesson for all that each and every real estate transaction should be insured with a title policy.

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