Glassboro, NJ asked in Civil Litigation, Contracts, Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law for New Jersey

Q: Can someone commit a scam of selling you property?

I have two issues. My son put down payment on a piece of land in a remote area. He is supposed to pay the owner + pay the taxes every month until it's paid off. the owner will hold the deed until he pays it off. It doesn't seem kosher to me. My son does flip houses and is familiar with real estate transactions, but he got a bill of sale off the internet and they signed it.

The land is dirt cheap - $5950 for an acre. My son didn't get any perk tests, or any other specifics about the land, and the owner didn't give him any information. My son wants to park a motor home on the property while he builds a house. I don't even know if this is legal.

I'm concerned because he entered a deal with a woman to flip her house who just stole his money. My son gave her $1200 down payment for her house and then she refused to allow the agents to look at the house, & refused to return his money. Is our only option civil court? Why would the prosecutor refuse theft by deception case?

1 Lawyer Answer
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
  • East Brunswick, NJ
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: Yes, scams happen all the time. I suggest you have your son set up a consultation with a lawyer as you have many questions here and obviously this will take some time and more information would be needed to answer these questions. Expect to pay that attorney for his time and advice.

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