Florida man thought he bought a villa for $ 9K in an online auction, but it turned out to be a grass strip of $ 50 – and officials refused to give him a refund
- Kerville Holness thought he bought a Florida villa for $ 9,100 in a Broward online auction, but ended up buying a strip of grass
- He finished with a 1 meter wide, 100 meter long strip of grass on Northwest 100th Way in Spring Lake, worth just $ 50
- The piece of land starts at the curb, goes under a wall between the garages of two adjacent villas and then extends to the back gardens of the houses
- But officials say that Holness should have read the auction information better and that he could do nothing about a refund
- The Broward auction has sold properties that had not paid their taxes
- & # 39; It's a fraud. There was no demarcation to show that it is just a rule that goes through the villa duplex, even though they have the tools to show that, & said Holness.
A man in Florida thought he had received a merchandise when he had bid at an $ 9,100 villa in Florida for an online auction, but eventually bought a strip of grass between two houses – and officials say he can't do anything about a refund .
Kerville Holness thought he was the Tamarac villa, valued at $ 177,000, during a Broward online auction of properties that had failed with their taxes.
But it turned out that he had bought a 100-meter-long grass strip on Northwest 100th Way in Spring Lake – a measly piece of land worth just $ 50.
Kerville Holness thought he bought a Florida villa for $ 9,100 in a Broward online auction, but eventually bought a 100-meter-long strip of grass between two villas on the Northwest 100th Way in Spring Lake. The measly strip in the photo is circled in red
The piece of land starts at the curb with two mailboxes and goes under a wall that separates the garages from two adjacent villas, and then extends to the backyards of the houses.
Despite the scammers, officials say there is nothing Holness, a first-time bidder of Tamarac, can do according to state law.
& # 39; It's a fraud. There was no delineation to show that it is just a rule that goes through the villa duplex, even though they have the tools to show that, & Holness told the Sun Sentinel.
He says that the images of the property valuation are linked to the auction site on which the villa is displayed as the object to bid on. But the valuer's site and information about the county's tax location say the building had no value and the land occupies only 100 square feet and the property has one food width.
Now officials are alerting participants to the auction to be wary of real estate bidding.
The piece of land starts at the curb, goes under a wall between the garages of two adjacent villas and then extends to the back gardens of the houses. But officials say that Holness should have read the auction information better and that he could do nothing about a refund
The province issued a warning on the online auction site on Thursday and told investors to & # 39; do your research & # 39; and that & # 39; do not sell in tax claims for uninformed & # 39; to be.
& # 39; He can go to court and find an error in the sales process & # 39 ;, real estate lawyer Gary Singer told the newspaper. & # 39; He generally bought what he should have bought. & # 39;
It is not clear why the strip of land was never attached to one of the adjacent properties, but remained in the hands of developer GHO Tamarac II. The company dissolved and the taxes were no longer paid on the property, which led to the auction in March.
Tina DeFeo bought one of these two villas in April after the auction and was shocked to hear that Holness had been purchased.
& # 39; It makes no sense. I don't know how to buy a & # 39; a strip of grass, & she said.
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