I was looking for a place for rent. I looked for online listings and found a place that was suitable as per my budget. So, I called the concerned person. That listing was on Anita Hale website. I got connected to her. I informed her that I had Section 8 voucher. She said that she won’t accept it and charged me $50 as the application fee. I paid as I had liked that place a lot. After asking for the payment, I waited for few days for her to show me the place. She did not call.
I called her, but her number was not reachable. Hence, I left a message asking for the appointment for checking the place. When she did not reply, I emailed her which went unanswered. I called her office number and I was told that she was out of town. It was a lie as I heard her in the background.
I waited for a week and called her again. She did not reply but called me after a week and informed that the place was no more available for rent. She said that the owners had shifted, and the house is out of the renting market. I accepted that. So, I asked for a refund. She rejected the request saying that the amount was not refundable.
I called by credit card company and raised a dispute. After a long dispute and lot of hassle, I got my money back. But the entire experience was hectic and frustrating. Later, after a week, while I was checking for more options, I saw that place listed. I called Anita to ask if the place was again up for rent. She said that it is not available and would be taken off soon.
Next day, I asked my friend to make a check on that property and requested him to call Anita to get the information. That guy called her while the phone was on speaker. He asked about the place and she said that it was available. He also checked if she accepted Section 8 voucher. She said she did. That is when I interrupted.
I took over and she disconnected the call after listening to my voice. I called back, and she did not reply. This company that she runs, is a scam and people who are working there, will make a fool out of you.
I have dealt with so many realtors and have never been cheated like this. People like her are a shame for the entire industry and Anita is one of her kind. She would not let you doubt her until you have made the payment.
Now, I am doubtful if she really has the authorization for listing that house on her website. If yes, then she could have given me the place. If no, then she would be taking money from other people and will be leaving them with their hopes.
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