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David Saks is a musician, retired real estate broker, and long-time ActiveRain member. David's blog features important information relevant to the safety, integrity and security of the industry. In addition to his widely read real estate fraud blog, a comprehensive overview of real estate continuing education is a weekly addition for his subscribers and the ActiveRain community at-large. Thank you for subscribing to and for visiting David's ActiveRain home on the internet. Please join. Membership in ActiveRain will enrich your life !
  When we consider the words broker and REALTOR® are they alike or unrelated ? Take your time. The answer is posted below the photo. A. The terms are unrelated . A broker is a real estate licensee and a REALTOR® is a member of the National Association of REALTORS®. More specifically, the term REA...
Ashburn Businessman Pleads Guilty in Nearly $1 Million Short Sale Mortgage Fraud Conspiracy U.S. Attorney’s Office February 27, 2015 Eastern District of Virginia (703) 299-3700 ALEXANDRIA, VA— Danny Zhao, 36, of Ashburn, Virginia, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to commit bank fraud. Dana J. ...
REAL ESTATE   FRAUD FILES   “Greed, by nature, which includes reprehensible acquisitiveness and one's insatiable desire for wealth, at some stage of evolution, is like an x-ray machine that exposes the filthy soul and drags the culprit of that deadly sin into hell on earth.”           ― David Sak...
West Virginia Couple Sentenced for Defrauding Elderly Victim to Purchase Beach House U.S. Attorney’s Office February 25, 2015 Southern District of West Virginia (304) 345-2200 WHEELING, WV—A Wetzel County couple was sentenced in federal court today after they stole nearly $400,000.00 from a 90-y...
Seventh Defendant Pleads Guilty in Mortgage Fraud Conspiracy That Resulted in at Least $3.9 Million in Fraud At Least 35 Properties Throughout Minnesota Went into Foreclosure as a Result of Scheme U.S. Attorney’s Office February 25, 2015 District of Minnesota (612) 664-5600 The United States Att...
      Mortgage Fraud Blog sends me an update email once per week.   The Mortgage Fraud Blog website is updated every business day and you can always get the latest news by visiting www.mortgagefraudblog.com. Rachel Dollar is a California attorney who represents lenders in mortgage related litiga...
Former Township Tax Collector Charged Federally with Theft of $300,000 in Public Funds U.S. Attorney’s Office February 24, 2015 Middle District of Pennsylvania (717) 221-4482 The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a Criminal Information was fil...
Former Bank of America Vice President in Las Vegas Pleads Guilty to Misapplication of Bank Funds Bank Losses Exceeded $6.4 Million U.S. Department of Justice February 24, 2015 Office of Public Affairs (202) 514-2007/TDD (202) 514-1888 WASHINGTON—A former senior vice president of Bank of America ...
Why The FTC Let Zillow Buy Trulia Federal antitrust regulators say they decided to allow the nation’s most popular real estate search portal to acquire its closest rival because real estate agents have “numerous” ways to market their services, and that there was “insufficient evidence” that the ...
Zillow Closes Trulia Acquisition Zillow’s long-anticipated acquisition of Trulia has finally closed after a six-month review by the Federal Trade Commission. Announced last July, the closure of the deal between the two largest U.S. real estate portals begins the next chapter of a fierce competit...

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