Unfair Real Estate Agreements Act

March 25, 2023

Protecting Homeowners: Understanding NC's Fight Against Predatory Real Estate Scams


Download the official RELEASE: Attorney General Josh Stein Sues MV Realty

Download the NC Home Owners Act One Pager

HB 422 (K. Hall, Miller, Blackwell, Alston) / SB 344 (Krawiec, Overcash, Lowe)


As homeowners, we invest our time, energy, and money into making our properties a comfortable and safe space for ourselves and our families. Unfortunately, in recent years, many have fallen victim to predatory real estate scams that leave them with crushing debt and loss of property.

With support from AARP, The NC Land Title Association, The NC REALTORS, The NC Department of Justice, The NC Real Estate Commission, and Zillow, new legislation has been proposed to protect owners of residential real estate and others who may become owners of real estate in the future, including heirs to the property.

The NCDOJ recently filed lawsuits against against real estate brokerage firm MV Realty and the company’s leaders alleging that they were engaging in predatory real estate practices, including placing 40-year liens on properties without the owner's knowledge or consent. These liens can lead to unmanageable debt and loss of the property for the owner and their heirs. Attorney General Josh Stein has taken strong action against these companies and is working with other organizations, such as AARP and the NC Real Estate Commission, to protect homeowners and prevent these scams from happening in the future.

“We allege that MV Realty is preying on vulnerable people to trick them into unfair, long-term agreements,” said Attorney General Josh Stein. “My office is taking them to court to put them out of business.”

In addition to legal action, the NCDOJ is also committed to educating homeowners and real estate professionals about these scams. They offer resources, such as their issue summary on House Bill 422 and Senate Bill 344, which were filed to address these predatory practices. By raising awareness and providing education, the NCDOJ hopes to prevent future victims of these scams.

As homeowners, it is important to be aware of the risks and dangers of predatory real estate scams. By staying informed and working together with organizations like the NCDOJ, we can protect ourselves, our families, and our homes. If you believe you or someone you know may be a victim of a predatory real estate scam, do not hesitate to reach out to the NCDOJ for help and guidance.

Together, we can fight against these scams and protect our homes and communities.


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