Do I need a Real Estate Attorney or should I file a civil lawsuit?
Then, another person I called about a listed rental told me that for $300 he would help me find rental property and schedule viewings. I purchased the money order but didn't get an opportunity to fill it out. He took it anyhow, but instead of helping me find rental properties he began broadcasting my social in search of a home purchase loan!!! I told him that I was NOT trying to buy a home now
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You will end up paying a lawyer more than the sum of the money you lost- $400. The first instance, the $100 "deposit" was likely an application fee/background heck which are generally non-refundable as the service costs them money. The second issue is that most licensed real estate agents get paid by the landlord, The tenant isn't writing them money orders; that sounds shady already. Realtors are usually paid 1/2 the first month rent as their compensation by the landlord. Unfortunately you likely just have an oral agreement and will not be able to prove anything; beyond that point that it will cost more to sue than the $300 lost and you would not get your attorney's fees or costs back.
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