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Potential Scam

The HIGH DESERT ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® to make you aware of a potential scam that will involve your agents and an attorney:scam

A person claiming to live in China will contact an agent and ask to purchase property in the area. The person will entice the agent with a request to write an offer and get the transaction open. They claim they will be in the U.S. for the closing. They also ask to recommend an attorney to assist with the review of documents and assist with the transaction. After they get a referral from the agent they will contact the attorney and state they were referred by the agent. They wil ask for help on the transaction. The attorney will probably ask for a retainer agreement and amount to be placed in trust with the attorney. After some prodding the person from China will have a check delivered to the attorneys’ office drawn on a British Columbia Bank and allegedly paid through Wells Fargo in the U.S.—a process used in the past and not used so much today because of wire transfers. The check will be for far more than the retainer and is allegedly for a deposit on the property. Here are some of the problems with this scenario:

1. The agents are being used to lend legitimacy to the scam. Agents are always hungry to sell property. Attorneys want to help agents they know.
2. These types of checks take 4 to 8 weeks to clear because they constitute international funds. The validity of the check is supported by a co-conspirator in Canada so calling on the check only furthers the scam. The check is not good, but can’t be verified for four to six weeks.
3. Such a check can be money laundering as it is money being brought into the United States in possible violation of currency laws.
4. The person from China will be asking that the attorney immediately deposit money in escrow or pay money to a new account for the benefit of the client, thereby using the attorney’s own fund rather than the funds the attorney thinks he or she is using.
5. When the check is deposited, the person in China now has the attorneys’ bank account information and can remove funds.
6. If an agent’s trust account is used instead the same thing can happen to the agent or broker.  

This information was provided to us by our Associations Legal Counsel, Thomas N. Jacobson


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High Desert Association of REALTORS Installs 2018 Leadership

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The High Desert Association of REALTORS® Tuesday installed its 2018 Leadership team. Leading the team is HDAR President Kari Leon, a 37 year real estate industry veteran and a broker. Serving with Leon are President-elect Cecil Volsch, Treasurer Bess Kline and Secretary Lori Hitt. The 2018 officers begin their official term this week as the close of the National Association of REALTORS® Conference and Expo in Chicago.

Active in organized real estate since 1980, Leon is co-owner of Agio Real Estate with her husband Paul and co-owner of Alliance Rendezvous Escrow, both of Apple Valley.

She most recently served as H.D.A.R. President-elect and has served in other leadership positions for her local and state association of REALTORS®. Leon served as 2014 V.V.A.R. President. She led the effort to merge the Barstow Association of REALTORS® into the Victor Valley Association of REALTORS® and becoming the High Desert Association of REALTORS®. She was named the REALTOR® of the year in 2014.

Leon comes from a family of REALTORS®, with her Father serving the Victor Valley Association of REALTORS as President in 1981. Her husband, brother, sisters and children are all active in the real estate business.

Serving as President-elect is Cecil Volsch, a real estate broker with his wife Charlotte of Volsch Enterprises Inc.

Volsch is active with his local and state association of REALTORS®. He is a Past- President of V.V.A.R. served as Treasurer for 2016 and 2017. He is also a C.A.R. Golden R member.

Bess Kline serves as H.D.A.R. Treasurer. Kline is broker of Bess Kline & Associates. Kline served the Victor Valley Association of REALTORS twice as President. Recently she served as Secretary of H.D.A.R. She has been active with the state association of REALTORS® and is a C.A.R. Golden R member. Kline is a REALTOR® of the Year recipient.

Lori Hitt is a former Board of Director. She has served as Special Affairs Chairperson, 2017 Government Affairs Chairperson. For the California Association of REALTORS® Hitt has served as the liaison to Assemblyman Obernolte’s office.

The Installation gala will be held on November 17, 2017 at Spring Valley Lake Country Club. At the event our 2017 President Karen Sanchez and 2017 Leadership Team will be recognized.

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REALTORS & Affiliates - You are invited to our monthly General Membership Meeting!

Wednesday, January 24, 2017
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