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Keller Williams Realty / fraud and scam

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I purchased a house in July 2006, using the services of two Keller-Williams agents - Deborah Bigby and Travis Westry. During the transaction, the agents received material facts about the foundation of the property which were not presented to me. In November, 2006 after noticing cracks around my doors, windows, and walls I had my home assessed by PowerLift and RamJack and found that the foundation needed repair. I immediately called Ms. Bigby who promised 'we will get your house fixed.'

After a few months I realized that Ms. Bigby had no intention of having my foundation repaired. I wrote the Attorney General, who referred my complaint to the N. C. Real Estate Commission. After a thorough, lengthy investigation by Mr. Stephen Fussell, a December 2008 meeting of the N. C. Real Estate Commission determined that realtors Deborah Bigby, Travis L. Westry and Wayne H. Hankins had violated the provisions of G. S. 93A of the Commission. Incidentally, before the Commission could rule against Ms. Bigby in my case, her license was revoked in another case.

Armed with Consent Orders against Mr. Travis Westry whereas his license was revoked, and Mr. Wayne Hankins, whereas his license was suspended, legal representation was engaged to offer a settlement to Raleigh Partners, Inc. dba Keller-Williams. Keller-Williams refused to settle, even after numerous attempts by legal representation.

Since December 2007, I have attempted to bring resolution to this problem, by means of appropriate protocol, waiting for the investigation to reveal what I knew was fact.

The Keller-Williams website professes 'using integrity when dealing with customers and making sure their needs come first. By their actions-or rather inaction, in this situation, Keller-Williams has not shown integrity; at the very least, they could be seen as condoning their realtors' questionable actions.

This may seem like merely another complaint in a long line of ones where big business had taken advantage of the customer, but my goal is bigger than merely the repair of my foundation. As two of the aforementioned realtors have been charged with unsavory misconduct in other cases, it shows that I am neither the first nor the only person who has had trouble with them.

The history of questionable conduct of Raleigh Partners, Inc. dba Keller-Williams should be made public so that other consumers will not have to endure an ordeal such as this one.

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  • Ge
      1st of Feb, 2010
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    Worst Full service agent ever
    This was my worst experience with a "full service agent" ever
    The bare facts:

    1. The agent I hired did not show up for the inspection
    2. The agent I hired did not show up for the walk through
    3. The agent I hired did not show up for the closing.
    4. The agent I hired gave me a $500 rebate when I expected $5390 and was promised.
    5. When the agent was made aware of the problems, she said it was not her problem and told me not to contact her anymore.
    6. Emails and phone to the broker she referred me to too took up to 10 days for a response or were simply ignored
    7. Emails and phone calls to Keller Williams corporate office in Texas went unanswered.
    8. The inspector the agent recommended missed some very obvious problems. He was so embarrassed he offered a refund.

  • Al
      8th of Jun, 2013
    0 Votes

    I've seen tremendous fraud on the part of Keller Williams, including a perjured declaration regarding equity, where they conveniently omitted the larger of the deeds of trust. It looks like they push houses through escrow (need to see if there are bogus escrow companies connected with Keller Williams), pretending that the encumbrances are a fraction of what they are, but then the buyers likely find the house they thought they got a good deal on is in terrible undisclosed condition and subject to encumbrances they weren't told about.

    Read these articles:http://mostblackedout.blogspot.com/2013/06/were-you-taken-in-by-fraudulent-real.html


    http://beforeitsnews.com/business/2013/06/were-you-taken-in-by-a-fraudulent-real-estate-scheme-2518374.html

  • Un
      17th of Aug, 2016
    0 Votes

    My daughter used them recently to try to buy her first home. She was never able to get ahold of her agent and only heard from her when she needed more money. The mortgage company they used approved her loan and gave her a closing date. The Friday before the closing date they sent an email saying her loan didn't go through. A week later her agent texted her and told her she was not able to gt their escrow money back. All total my daughter lost $1900 on the deal. She is so discouraged she will may never try to buy a home again. These people are crooks!

  • De
      13th of Jul, 2017
    0 Votes

    My daughter was trying to purchase her first home in Pittsburgh, PA, and I feel that the property she was interested in listed by, Christian Ivory of the Bethel Park, PA office totally misrepresented the property. First he said he had an above asking offer, and after that supposed deal fell through, she made an offer. Her agent put safeguards in the contract to protect her, and the buyer/agent checked that there was a building permit issued, but when that was checked on, it turned out they did not. Chris Ivory was made aware that she knew about the permit, and he accepted her offer telling her that issues with the "first" inspection were fixed. She hired an inspector who found live wires and termites. Hmmmmm...I wonder what was fixed? She did get her money back, but would have never had the inspection if he would have not lied for a second time. When I called to complain to the office manager, Cynthia Schmidt, my mistake was giving info on the agent and property to the receptionist. Cynthia had Chris call me back, and when I asked to speak to her, he put me on speaker so I had to speak with both of them. Very unprofessional. I questioned if there ever was a "first inspection". She said she would find out, and get back to me, but I doubt that will ever happen. Beware of Keller Williams, especial in the Pittsburgh, PA area.

  • Di
      23rd of Mar, 2018
    0 Votes

    Agent I used at kellwe williams cornerstone realty for the villages florida is broker/agent/owner with her daughter.in 6 houses I sold and bought keller and crystal & cristie mccall realestate and closing agent they use quali9ty title are well beyond dishonest, liers, make false statements to get contract to sell your house, and then I waited over 3 months with false promises they have buyer, tell me to move out 3 days before closing then they cannot produce to me documentation they qualified. within one month march 2018 I just lost as of now minimum $17, 000. used all my savings for podsds, movers, staying at extend stay, still continue to pay mortages - and no mccall realtors and quality title they use refuse to call me back, to provide me with documentation that buyers they preapproved. they cannot and will not. I called various "top" people at kw corporate in texas and I was told by president of kw (as he said he was) my only recourse is to call the realtor board in florida to report unprofessionalism, scams - I already did. note I am 70 yrs old 100% disabled vet from 28 yrs active duty army. after discharge army with 199%, I had since 2005 4 strokes, 22 tias, and lost all my peripheral vision. kw refuses to speak to me about this situation, 10th time in 3 months now since dec 19 - the only "ghost buyer"they ever had still has not been qual9fied to buy. odd, I am homebound, live alone, this buyer crystal mccall came up with I never say, and they never at my house, it is a huge scam now I know with kw from cooporate down to broker realtor.

    Keller williams from top maqnagement down to brokers are weell beyond incompetant. crystal mccall now refuses to cancel my contract, buyers not qualified to buy after 10 refusals from loan, this is most devestating from an old 70 disabled vet served 28 yrs my life, to be scamed by keller williams crystal mccall and closing agent crystal prefers to use "quality title marilyn childress. I lost everything financial over this they cannot find qualified buyer after 10 attempts, they will not release me from contract, they will not return my calls or e-mails that I just must know I am released so I can list with an honest company and honest broker, please go to keller williams website for mccall realestate and kw corporate numerous complaints,

    I am dianedabose@gmail.com

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