By Liz Collin, WCCO-TV

SAVAGE (WCCO) — In what’s being called a new twist in the foreclosure crisis, a Twin Cities family says their Realtor turned on them by moving another family into the home they still owned.

Packing up a home you’ve spent 16 years in is hard enough. Now, try moving back into your foreclosed home after a Realtor tried to rent and sell it from under you.

“You’re dealing with a Realtor that’s supposed to be a professional — only to find out they have no morals. Just out to make money for themselves,” said Bob Miller.

The Miller’s told WCCO-TV it all started this summer when they were both laid off and knew they’d lose their home.

They went online to find an agent who would rent them a new place, and eventually help sell their Savage town home. After they moved out, Michelle made a trip back a few weeks later.

“I went to the front door and, yep, there’s stuff in here that shouldn’t be there,” Michelle recalled.

Turns out, their Realtor had already listed their home for sale and for rent without the Miller’s knowing.

After calling police, they would learn that, tacked on to the lease to the new place, was the paperwork, which gave the guy the rights to their property.

The other family didn’t feel right about living here once they’d heard what happened. So, just this last weekend the Miller’s moved back.

They know they’ll still likely lose their home, but they don’t want anyone else to make any money on it before that happens.

“It pretty much does make it pretty hard to trust anything and anybody out there,” Michelle said.

The Department of Commerce is now investigating the Miller’s agent. WCCO-TV checked and the guy isn’t a current realtor, but he is a licensed broker.

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Comments (16)
  1. Mark from MNtaxwaste says:

    When will people learn to read the small print? I’m sorry this has happened to this couple, but YOU have to read the whole contract. I think there is more to the story than this. WCCO I think you missed a few things. C- on this one.

    1. dee dee says:

      The couple is supposed to sign off on the listing before it goes out to be published. You have to sign off on everthing. tha actual listing contract itself. Not the one that you sign saying you agree to the realtor listing the property, but the one that says we will list it on this date for this long..etc

  2. MNTaxMan says:

    Huh? They hired a Realtor and “…their Realtor had already listed their home for sale and for rent without the Miller’s knowing”.

    1. Mark from MNtaxwaste says:

      You might want to read the article one more time. It was in the paperwork, which they had a chance to read. They dropped the ball by not reading the contract. Don’t get me wrong I feel for these people, but have they went over the contract, they would have known.

  3. michele says:

    Even if it was in the “fine print,” the “realtor” should have disclosed this and made it very clear — he took advantage of them and their situation. There is too much greed out there and this is not the only way people are taking adavantage of those suffering from this economy.

  4. Mark from MNtaxwaste says:

    @michele So if I understand you correctly, it does not matter whats in the contract, these people don’t have to read it, and the Realtor should have told them? That makes no sense what so ever. So when I sign a contract that holds me to it legally I can say they never told me about it and go after them. You are the person they were talking about when Barnum and Bailey said “There is a sucker born everyday” This couple needs to have some personal responsibility and at the very least say they didn’t read the contract. Yes there is greed out there, and that my dear is why people need to read the fine print.

  5. Bruce says:

    @Mark from MNtaxwaste. So if I understand you correctly, it doesn’t matter that this “Realtor” didn’t disclose the information? Where is the code of ethics the Realtors are bound to? It is this type of information, a Realtor is required to make clear to their client, fine print or not. That’s why this guy is being investigated. If you don’t know the laws, don’t comment ignorantly.

  6. wayne says:

    The Millers erred in not reading the contract. The agent erred in not fully discussing the contract with the Millers. Whether the agent is legally bound to or not, it’s still poor form. Always be nervous of people hiding behind the law to avoid ethical best practicies.

  7. Mark from MNtaxwaste says:

    Bruce, It was in the contract!! Yes there is a code of ethics, but beware the wolf in sheep’s clothing. Actually I do know the law, and it was in the contract! What don’t you get, do you think that just because a person does not read a contract, that they can walk away from it, or not be held to it? The people that moved into their house could have stayed there if they wanted to. The code means nothing, it’s like a companies business statement, all words and thats all.

    1. K says:

      No Mark it’s something called Morals and Professional Ethics…….ever heard of them?

  8. JamieinMN says:

    Puuuuuhlease Mark. I can’t wait for the day that YOU make a mistake and fail to read the fine print…just STFU,

  9. michele says:

    @Mark from MNtaxwaste You are a rude one aren’t you? I am not a sucker, just someone that has ethics and compassion. Though you are correct that they should have read the fine print, it does not excuse the “realtor” from being a slimey, greedy person who preys on others. Maybe you can relate to this realtor and that is why you are so defensive? Perhaps these people, the Miller’s, were so stressed by their situation that they neglected to read the fine print this time. My whole point is that if someone calls themselves a professional, be it a lawyer, realtor, financial advisor or other similar profession, he or she has an obligation to do what is best for the client and to be HONEST with them and reveal ALL the detials, including the fine print. Why do you think people hire a professional — it’s because we can’t be experts on every subject and so we hire someone who is, trusting that he or she has our best interests in mind. I do however get the feeling that you are someone that does think he is an expert on every subject?

  10. paab says:

    I agree with Mark, these folks look old enough to read a contract, and I personally read every word of anything I sign because I know that there are people on this earth who will try to take advantage if there is a $ involved. I am sorry they had a bad experience, but they were responsible for not being clued in. Also, I give them some credit that they took control of the situation once they discovered others living in their home. But maybe they should have let things be, as they are living for free in a home they have defaulted on.

    1. JamieinMN says:

      Let someone else make money on THEIR home that is STILL LEGALLY theirs?!?!?!!! Eff that.

  11. Mark from MNtaxwaste says:

    Everyone, I get that this guy is a real slime ball, someone that would take advantage of another person is one of the lowest people I can think of. I have lots of empathy for the couple, and hope and pray that things turn out for them. Maybe I was a little over the edge in making my point, I’m sorry. I just was making the point that people need to read the fine print in any legal papers they sign.

  12. joleigh1115 says:

    If the house is already foreclosed on “…Packing up a home you’ve spent 16 years in is hard enough. Now, try moving back into your foreclosed home…” how can the family move back in (unless it’s in the 6mth redemption period still) and how can the realtor try to sell or rent it? It doesn’t make sense to me, but maybe I’m reading it wrong. I do wish they had read the fine print, but I think we can all agree the supposed realtor took advantage of this people knowing that they (as well as many, many others) wouldn’t read the fine print. I hope it works out for them in the end and I hope the lower than trash realtor goes to jail.

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