Utilizing a novel form of harassment, someone put a malicious classified ad in the January 3 edition of The Nickel Classified Ads saying our house was for sale “by owner” at a lowball price, and that there will be an open house Jan 11-13. Whoever placed the ad used our numeric street address and included a verbal description of our home. They did not include a phone number in the ad.
We found out about it after a realtor came to our house with the hard copy of the ad in The Nickel in hand and showed it to us.
We reported the malicious ad to the Daily Sentinel, who owns The Nickel. The Sentinel employee said whoever placed the ad must have created an account with them, and that they will get the identifying info on the person who placed the ad and get back to me. With some luck they will also be able to get a description of the person who placed the ad.
Beware of this new form of harassment.
Perhaps in the future, media running classified ads can prevent this kind of problem by requiring proof of ownership of a FSBO property (e.g., drivers license, a utility bill, copy of a warranty deed, verification of ownership on the Mesa County Assessor’s Lookup website, etc.) before accepting a classified ad for property that is “for sale by owner.”