Lease-to-own scandal leaves North Tex...

Lease-to-own scandal leaves North Texans homeless

There are 29 comments on the WFAA story from Mar 21, 2006, titled Lease-to-own scandal leaves North Texans homeless. In it, WFAA reports that:

Harris Pauley's President Michael Cary says families have not paid their rent - an allegation the families deny Lease to own - sounds like a great way to buy a house.

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help please

United States

#23 Nov 10, 2006
can you please give me the info who you lease thru-
micheal Cary blue's
MJM

Irving, TX

#30 Nov 11, 2006
Rockytopzz wrote:
<quoted text>And how many times have you "sold" these rental properties?
Once someone's lease is up, it depends on the market value of the home. I have one renter that's been there for years. I have one that's vacant that I'm trying to rent right now. The others have months to go on their leases.

I've never sold out from under a renter, if that's what you mean. I've bought and sold 5 properties, and currently have 4 plus my home.

Why do you ask?
MJM

Irving, TX

#31 Nov 11, 2006
Rockytopzz wrote:
<quoted text>And how many times have you "sold" these rental properties?
You know what, I reread this thread and I know what you mean.

The renter that has been there for years is on her way to buying the house. The others are not doing that, but may consider it next year. I include lawn care and maintenance in the lease at a major discount, so it lets them stay without worrying about it, and it keeps the property well maintained.

It's all in my name, of course, just like this thread suggest to check out with a bank. Who holds the title... Also keep in mind I live within 25 minutes of all of my houses, and my renters know where to find me.
MJM

Irving, TX

#33 Nov 11, 2006
Rockytopzz wrote:
<quoted text>I apologize to you if you are one of the honest ones, but there are so many crooked people ripping off the poor.
Rocky, what this company did is completely illegal. It uses someone elses credit. That's a forged document!

Owning rental properties is a great business for the middle class investor. It yields about $300 a month, nothing huge per house, but it builds equity over time regularly while allowing someone with bad credit to live in a home as opposed to an apartment.

Did you miss the part that I include maintenance??

I offer the lease to own, I don't insist on it.
Need the Red Flag Info

AOL

#36 Nov 11, 2006
Rockytopzz wrote:
But in all fairness, the talk in this small town is rental property is not profitable because the tenants do a lot of damage and it takes four months to evict if it's taken to court and especially if the tenants have kids. Around here there is no credit check, just reputation. There is some tenants who pay the first month rent and that is it and then they get to live there for free for another four months until they move on.
We are interested in getting into a Rent To Own house but we are alittle worried about pitfalls/scams.
We can't really afford a lawyer to talk to.
Can some one give us some advice on what to beware of and what should we have included in document to protect us from crooks?
Also,what is the difference between a Rent To Own and a Lease To Own deal?
And while i'm asking, who is suppose to pay the taxes and fix damage/broken/worn out items that might occur while you are buying/leaseing/renting the property?(Example:what if roof starts leaking,or hot water tank goes out,or electrical/plumbing problem,or foundation or flooding basement problem ect..)
We don't have a lot of money and just got married and would like to get a place with a yard.Paying rent on an appartment seems like a waste of money.
Should we put alot of money down for rent/lease to own deal?I hate to ask all these questions, but I just don't know these answers. My wife is worried we can lose all of our money, so, we are unsure of what to do.
Thanks!
Need the Red Flag Info

AOL

#37 Nov 11, 2006
MJM wrote:
<quoted text>
Rocky, what this company did is completely illegal. It uses someone elses credit. That's a forged document!
Owning rental properties is a great business for the middle class investor. It yields about $300 a month, nothing huge per house, but it builds equity over time regularly while allowing someone with bad credit to live in a home as opposed to an apartment.
Did you miss the part that I include maintenance??
I offer the lease to own, I don't insist on it.


We are interested in getting into a Rent To Own house but we are alittle worried about pitfalls/scams.
We can't really afford a lawyer to talk to.
Can some one give us some advice on what to beware of and what should we have included in document to protect us from crooks?
Also,what is the difference between a Rent To Own and a Lease To Own deal?
And while i'm asking, who is suppose to pay the taxes and fix damage/broken/worn out items that might occur while you are buying/leaseing/renting the property?(Example:what if roof starts leaking,or hot water tank goes out,or electrical/plumbing problem,or foundation or flooding basement problem ect..)
We don't have a lot of money and just got married and would like to get a place with a yard.Paying rent on an appartment seems like a waste of money.
Should we put alot of money down for rent/lease to own deal?I hate to ask all these questions, but I just don't know these answers. My wife is worried we can lose all of our money, so, we are unsure of what to do.
Thanks!
new house byr

Brooklyn, NY

#39 Dec 4, 2006
Hale Bopp wrote:
I am in a different leasing to buy progam and it is the best thing that could have happened to me since my credit is screwed up.
Please share the company nm?
Murray

United States

#40 Jan 28, 2007
I am currently renting out a house I own with a mortgage in Houston, I want to offer the current leasee an option of lease to own. Their credit is not to good. In Texas can I do this legally?
Ed G

Jupiter, FL

#41 Jul 4, 2012
RaiderAlum wrote:
Good lord what a scam. I hope they nail this company.
I am a victim of the Mike Cary Harris Pauley scam. I am being sued and of course my credit is destroyed. Can anyone help with the name of any one of the authorities who may be able to help?
Thanks,
Ed

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