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Homeowners find property falsely listed “for sale” online, again

ORLANDO, Fla. — In December, Patricia Waring found her family land listed as “for sale” online when someone showed up at her house to ask about the land. Only one problem, the land wasn’t for sale and someone had posted a photo and the address online.

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“I screenshotted all of these,” said Patricia. “We called and got the listing taken down.”

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Flash forward eight months, and the listing is back, only this time on not just one but at least four sites.

“I got an email Thursday night,” says Patricia’s daughter Carolyn Bourke. “I opened up my computer and saw an alert that there was a property for sale, and it was the land again.”

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Carolyn called the agent listed on the post, who said the listing came from a third party and was put in the MLS, the listing was taken down, again.

“I told mom perhaps they’d better off selling it,” Carolyn joking about the fact that the land keeps getting listing.

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Orange County provides a service to give homeowners an alert if someone files paperwork on their property, however, this service won’t stop properties from being listed online. Some sites will also allow for residents to set up alerts, and most will quickly take down listings flagged a incorrect or potential fraud.

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