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Beware of Cyber Fraud in Real Estate Transactions

Categories: Blog, News, Purchasing a New Home | Posted: January 28, 2020

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We are hearing more and more about instances of cyber fraud in real estate transactions in our local area. Beware and take extra precautions when sending money online via wires!

“In 2018 alone, 11,300 victims reported real estate or rental fraud, resulting in losses of more than $149 million, according to data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Internet Crime Complaint Center.” (Shared Content) Read Full Story – The 4 most common mortgage and real estate scams and how to stop them

The Ivey contract gives you a reminder about Cyber/Internet Fraud:

BEWARE OF CYBER/INTERNET FRAUD: Buyer should be cautious of the potential for fake/spoofed emails and/or impersonating telephone calls from hackers and/or scammers attempting to defraud Buyer by way of wire or other types of financial fraud. These scams are on the rise in real estate transactions across the United States. The scams are various in nature but in many instances, fraudsters assume the online identity of the actual mortgage lender, closing attorney, real estate broker, and/or builder by using multiple lines of communication. Posing as any of these service providers, the fraudsters may attempt to direct Buyer to wire funds to a bank account controlled by the fraudster rather than an actual party to the transaction contemplated herein. The faked communication may appear to be originated from what looks to be an actual email address and/or telephone number of one of the legitimate parties, while in fact originating from the fraudster.  A buyer should at all times use caution when sending money if it is requested through email or telephone. Verifying any request, especially if a change in the account information has been made, with the originating party is a best practice and a way to help prevent this type of fraud. Please take the extra step to look up the phone number of the requesting party to make sure you have the correct information and do not go by the phone number listed an email or unsolicited telephone call as these could be set up by the fraudster to verify the fraudulent information.

 

Ivey Homes is a leading new home builder in Evans, Grovetown and Augusta, GA and Aiken, SC, with home pricing ranging from the  $140,000’s to Custom. For more information about living in or building a new home in Columbia County, Richmond County or Aiken County, visit iveyhomes.com! Connect with us on our Facebook page and Text: IVEY to: 77848 for convenient updates.

Beat the Influx of Cyber Buyers

Categories: Available Homes, Blog, GA, Home Ownership, News, Purchasing a New Home | Posted: October 23, 2019

Everyone in the local Augusta, GA housing market seems to be asleep to what is on the horizon! The Augusta River Region will (…not might) experience an influx of homebuyers in 2020. You’ve heard and read the news… the Cyber Command is coming to Fort Gordon. But are we locals desensitized to this news? Our advice… it is time to get serious about your new home move!

Cyber Command Fort Gordon

Headlines

  • By 2019, the command, along with the Cyber Center of Excellence and growth to Army, Air Force, and Navy intelligence units, is projected to add 2,600 military, 900 civilians and 200 contractor jobs to the posts workforce.
  • 13K newcomers expected in the Augusta area over 5 years
  • According to the Alliance for Fort Gordon, 13,196 people are expected to move to the region over the next 5 years thanks to Fort Gordon expansion.

With this big move for the Army comes more families, more workers…yay! They are all going to need a place to live, right? If you are in the market to buy a new home, don’t wait!

Waiting Equals

  • Higher Home Prices
  • Fewer Homes to Choose From
  • Lack of Desirable Homesites
  • More Buyers = Stiffer Competition
  • Sellers Market

Ivey Homes is making it super easy to buy now with our Easy as Pie Incentives paired with local lender incentives.. WIN-WIN!

Take heed & take advantage! Visit an Ivey Community Soon to get started!

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Ivey Homes is a leading new home builder in Evans, Grovetown and Augusta, GA and Aiken, SC, with home pricing ranging from the  $140,000’s to Custom. For more information about living in or building a new home in Columbia County, Richmond County or Aiken County, visit iveyhomes.com! Connect with us on our Facebook page and Text: IVEY to: 77848 for convenient updates.