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EXIT Independence Realty
445 Western Blvd, Suite I
Jacksonville, NC 28546
Phone: (910) 347-6886
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Ellen was a wonderful realtor to work with. Refreshing approach to selling homes. She believes the home will sell itself. No fluff no stuff. She is honest and straight forward. We appreciated this about her. She made herself available to us from the start and never let up all the way through closing. She was informative about the area since we were moving from out of state and this was a big help. Our daughter recommended her because she had been her buyer's agent. I appreciated how she had helped my daughter with the purchase of her 1st home. So Ellen thank you on two counts!. Happy Home Owner for Ellen Hough
Our experience with Ellen Hough as our realtor was wonderful. Moving can be a stressful time especially if you are moving from another state. Ellen was very helpful and very knowledgeable about this area. She went above and beyond our expectations. She was always there for us if we had any questions or concerns and made us feel like we were her only clients! Ellen Hough did a outstanding job and I would recommend you to use her as your Realtor. Noi L. for Ellen Hough
Ellen is without a doubt the BEST agent we've ever had the pleasure of doing business with. Not only did she take us around to numerous (14+) houses in the Jacksonville, NC area, she was extremely honest. Ellen was straight forward with her opinions of the places she was showing and we were so happy to have someone so open and helpful. She stuck with us through six weeks of a battle to buy a "short sale" and then put up no fight when we backed out of the short sale and moved on to the home we did eventually buy. I look forward to all of our future business with Ellen and her wonderful team at EXIT Independence Realty. She's not only our buying agent but her company is also our property manager for our rental property. She's amazing. You'll love her...happy home buying! Nikki L. for Ellen Hough
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Jacksonville NC Real Estate Blog by  Exit Independence Realty

Is That Ad Too Good to be True?

  You’re looking for a house to rent and decide to see what is available on Craigslist or similar site.

You found a great house in a wonderful neighborhood that is priced at an unbelievable price, much less than the other homes in that area.  You look at the photos and you think you have found the perfect home for your family, and you know that you need to move quickly on this great home or risk losing it to another savvy shopper. 

You respond to the ad, check your email and there is a reply from an unsecured email address (Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail etc).  As you read the email, you find that the owner is out of the country. He is a God fearing man and he just wants someone to live in his home and take care of it.

He suggests that you drive by the home and if you like it, you can send him the first month’s rent and security deposit and he will in return send you the keys and you can move right in.  He may even send you an application. (This is a double bonus for the scammer; he gets your cash and all your personal information)

You notice that his grammar isn’t very good but you decide to take a drive by to see this wonderful home.   As you pull up you notice the sign in the yard that says it’s being rented by XYZ Company.

Being the smart shopper that you are, you call the number on the sign and discover that you almost fell for a very costly scam.

Sound like a made up story?  It’s not.  This is happening to home owners, renters and property management companies nationwide. It happens in Onslow County too.  This happened to Independence Rentals and Property Management just this week.   Thankfully the owner had his home listed with our company, and we had our sign in the yard as the people drove by to check out the home.  If this was a For Rent by Owner, the outcome could have been very different and devastating to both the renter and the real owner.

What can you do to prevent this from happening to you?  Nothing beats a face to face meeting with the home owner or property Management Company.  For homeowners it is helpful to have someone checking on your property in your absence.

Here are several tip-offs in this type of scam.

  1. The email may start out with “Sir / Madam”
  2. There are several spelling/grammar mistakes
  3. The email refers to God, UK, Cashier’s Check, Doctor, Nigeria etc.
  4. The email is from a free account (Yahoo, Hotmail, AOL)
  5. The email offers to mail you keys after you send them money.

If you feel that you are being lured by one of these scammers contact the FBI, report it to the website that listed the ad, and by all means DO NOT SEND THEM ANY MONEY! If it sounds too good to be true, it just may be.

Exit Independence Realty is located in Jacksonville North Carolina and services the towns of Jacksonville, Hubert, Richlands, Holly Ridge, Maple Hill, Snead Ferry,  Swansboro, and all of Onslow County. Camp Lejeune and our military families are our neighbors and we take care of them, call us with all of your real estate needs 910 347-6886.

Exit Independence Realty is Really Springing in to Action!

Exit Independence Realty is really springing in to action!

There is a lot of hustle and bustle in our Jacksonville NC office.   It’s exciting to see all the agents in our office busy as bees this spring!   Not only did we welcome a new agent into the office this week but in the last 3 weeks we have listed 8 new properties!!

Our property management inventory has acquired several new homes as well!

Please take a few minutes to check out our new listings at:

Rentals:

407A Belgrade-Swansboro Road, 124 Falcon Crest Road, 136 Hardin Drive, 917 Mandarin Trail.

Sales:

1022 Birchwood Lane, 125 Caviness Drive, 202 English Walnut Drive, 304 Exmoor Drive, 134 Kerr Street, 146 Kerr Street, 141 Parnell Road and 200 Rudolph Lane

Exit Independence Realty is located in Jacksonville North Carolina and services the towns of Jacksonville, Hubert, Richlands, Holly Ridge, Maple Hill, Snead Ferry,  Swansboro, and all of Onslow County. Camp Lejeune and our military families are our neighbors and we take care of them, call us with all of your real estate needs 910 347-6886.