Is Zillow now in the mortgage business?

I don't usually advertise for others, but this was just too rich to pass up.
This person, seems to have pilfered Zillow's name and likeness on their website and I was wondering how Zillow feels about that? Is Zillow somehow in partnership with them? I mean, it takes some real chutzpah if they are not.

Is it live or is it Memorex?
  • January 22 2009 - San Diego
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That's awful
  • January 28 2009
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Why would Zillow not just kick them off the site?  For all the shananigans that went on with Tom Davie....I would put trying to appear like ZillowLoans would be a far greater offense than having a few different screen names.
  • January 23 2009
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Well, the site has already changed since I first posted this. It previously had a logo that said "Zillender.com" that looked suspiciously like the Zillow.com logo. Now it just says "Straightforwardlending.com". I would suspect that someone had a few words with them.
  • January 23 2009
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The website seems to be specifically designed to deal with Zillow leads.  The website does clearly identify AOF (with the wrong address).

My only question is wether or not they are properly disclosing the $1700 value travel voucher to Mexico on the HUD.

  • January 23 2009
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A company out here used to offer free cruises. No one could ever actually USE the certificates, as PASA indicated, the 'black-out dates' are 365 days a year! I think I'm going to start offering gift cards to Circuit City. 
  • January 23 2009
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If you care, do it!
  • January 23 2009
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Well, what do you say we send Corporate a link to this discussion and see what happens?
  • January 23 2009
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AmericaOne Finance is a net branch operator. To my knowledge, they do not allow Branches to operate under any other DBA. I think if it were known to corporate, this would quickly change.
  • January 23 2009
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By the way, did you notice the "quote" stated airfare was included in the travel gift?

The website doesn't say anything about airfare.  And it states the certificate can only be used in off days when vacancy is very high.

My fax machine is regularly spammed by travel companies offering these free or low priced resort stays.  You read the details and it is clear that it isn't good for when most people can or want to go, and that the cost will be made up elsewhere, such as in the airfare.

The ones that come in on the fax machine state all the food is included too.  But this website states they make up the costs in spas, drinks, restaurants, tours..., so it appears to not include the food.

  • January 23 2009
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Greg - The trade off for taking on the liability is that the registered broker keeps 50% - 75% of the commission...pretty likley that this policy will tighten up in the future...
  • January 23 2009
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Whois.com states the URL Zillender.com is owned by Merlin Chess, with the address&phone # of Straight Forward Lending in Snohomish.

(Registered through Godaddy.com).


the URL Straightforwardlending.com is owned by the same person.

His email address is: merlin@merlinchess.com

Merlinchess.com is also registered through Godaddy.com and has the same contact information.


My phonebook doesn't list a Merlin Chess, so I think it is a fictitious name.  This could get James in trouble with ICAN.
  • January 23 2009
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Paul,
Wow!  Maryland is so strict that when I settle a loan, my  license number goes on the deed!
I feel for you guys in California.  Must be a lot of unregulated crooks reaking havoc in the mortgage business.
  • January 23 2009
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Speaking of California's DRE, is it true that a lender can get a different licence there and their LO's don't have to be individually licensed?

yes Greg, that is true and these days some are moonlighting as loan mod and debt settlement reps ... and apparently travel agents too

GVD - you are very funny today
  • January 23 2009
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Do you think his employer/broker, American One Finance INC in Bellevue WA, knows what he is doing?

Where is Snohomish anyway?

There are no websites for American One, only a lot of phone book entries.

  • January 23 2009
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Thanks, Gregorio&others.  We'll talk to this lender.

Liam from Zillow
  • January 23 2009
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Paul,
Speaking of California's DRE, is it true that a lender can get a different licence there and their LO's don't have to be individually licensed?  If so, that is horrifying.
Out here, we have to be individually licensed, FBI background check and starting in May, have to take annual CE for every state the LO originates in.
I think that once the National Licensing kicks in, we won't see companies like Zillender!
  • January 23 2009
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Do it Pasa...See if he'll give you a free gas card just for filling out an application.

  • January 23 2009
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He even has one of his links typed incorrectly!  And the correctly typed URLs just redirects to his "straightforwardlending" company.

Boy, am I temped to create a new E-mail address and fill out a form to send him on a wild goose chase!  (Do you think he would recognise his old phone number?)

(I think I better refrain, it is not worth my time).
  • January 23 2009
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I guess my phone book must be out of date.  I have him listed in Camano Island, WA 98292.  (360)387-7796.

And if he pastes into every quote the same "notes", why does he have "home" typed as "hmoe"?


  • January 23 2009
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Paul, didn't you know POC stands for "Paid Outside of Country"?
  • January 23 2009
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PS I have never personally seen a fee listing for 'a cruise' on the HUD
  • January 23 2009
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Greg, they likely side step it throught the travel agency; in order to avoid the dre man
  • January 23 2009
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Joe,
You are right.  Everyone slammed him in the Fall when he started posting onj the boards.
I don't see how a company can get away with have the same color scheme and almost identical name as Zillow.  One would think that Zillow would protest this as not to get involved in a future complaints.
The Travel Coupon . . .  That is so absurd that my only commnet is that isn't there a cap on what a lender can give to a borrower and that it has to be consistant with everyone?  I know each state has different rules on this.  What is Califormia's?
  • January 23 2009
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So if you want Low Rates and Fees and a FREE Travel Certificate Valued at over So if you want Low Rates and Fees and a FREE Travel Certificate Valued at over $1200… (from website)

Is it $1700 or over $1200... and is this expedia or zillow?
 one might wonder what lies ahead in the zillender icy  waters ...

(from website)

Is it So if you want Low Rates and Fees and a FREE Travel Certificate Valued at over $1200… (from website)

Is it $1700 or over $1200... and is this expedia or zillow?
 one might wonder what lies ahead in the zillender icy  waters ...

So if you want
Low Rates and Fees and a FREE Travel Certificate Valued at over $1200… (from website)

Is it $1700 or over $1200... and is this expedia or zillow?
 one might wonder what lies ahead in the zillender icy  waters ...

 one might wonder what lies ahead in the zillender icy  waters ...

  • January 23 2009
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I got two tickets to paradise
  • January 23 2009
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They're one-way tickets to Mexico

  • January 23 2009
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LOL...Zillender
  • January 23 2009
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We slammed this guy back in the fall didn't we for this crap.  I guess either Zilow does not care or there is nothing that they can do.
  • January 23 2009
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You have to question any one whose 1st pitch is get a loan through us and we will give you a free trip!

OK.....You will need the vacation after we rake you over the coals!
  • January 23 2009
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You'd think if they truly had a 'flat fee' they'd mention what it was on the website!!! Instead you have to start an application??? Hmmmm... interesting.
  • January 23 2009
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