I was 65 years old when I purchased my first home three years ago. I was alone, and knew nothing about buying a home. Being raised in Mobile, Alabama, I had moved back in 2003 and had lived with my brother until I bought this house.
There was an article printed in the Mobile Press-Register about my purchase, but it only told part of this story.
The closing on my house was March 1, 2005. However, I did not move in until around the middle of May due to a sever illness and recuperation time. That was when I realized there were major problems with the house.
I immediately called Donald/Ronald Holyfield who had supposedly done this home inspection, but he would not return my calls. I then called the realtor who said he would try to contact the inspector for me.
When the Beasley called back, he said my file had been 'lost' and nothing could be done until it was found.
I started writing to any and everyone I could think of that might be willing to help i. e., Alabama Board of Realtors, HUD, my mortgage company, FHA, Assistant Attorney General, Attorney General himself, all Alabama Senators that had I could find email addresses for, Federal Justice Bureau, USA Today, local TV stations (of which WALA-Fox 10 news picked up on), and Sean Reilly, political reporter based in Washington DC, even Hillary Clinton, and Jimmy Carter (on whom I have no political views one way or the other). Just thought they might reach out a hand). I have sent mail to so many, that I'm not too sure I have named them all ... and I will continue to do so.
However, Sean Reilly is the only one that showed any interest. The other answers were 'Sorry, but ... ' I never heard back from Hillary Clinton, nor Jimmy Carter.
Mr. Reilly's intention had been to print names, but his Editor was concerned that giving this realtor's name in the paper would damage his ability to make a living. Yet, Brad Beasley is the one who ruined me financially, and has made the rest of my life a living nightmare.
There are several points the Press-Register did not mention. One is the fact that this realtor who worked for Re-Max at the time, deliberately and maliciously lied to me before, during, and after this transaction. The first, being said several times was that he would "look after me".
The second and most devastating one was, "Miss Orene, this house has already been inspected, so save your money".
Yet another lie was saying that the file he had given me (right after the closing) had a copy of all the papers I had signed in it. He knowingly had left out the most important document!
I finally consulted an attorney. However, the first one would have had a conflict of interest since his son worked in the same office with Brad Beasley.
The second attorney would not work pro-bono.
The third attorney ask me to drop my file off at his office. I did, and did not hear back from him until eight weeks later when he sent the file back to me in the mail. He had never returned any of my phone calls, either.
Knowing I was ruined financially, I called the Legal Aid offices and made an appointment. I was accepted, and given another appointment with one of the attorneys. After meeting with him, he thought it would be best if I spoke with attorney Henry Callahand.
After meeting with Mr. Callahand, he told me the only report in the file was an appraisal report. (Even it had several misrepresentations in it, giving thought to Mr. Holyfield never even seeing this house.) There was no inspection report anywhere. I was then urged to obtain copies of the signed documents. I did, and though there was no such document in the file that was given me before leaving the closing, there was an "as is" document in the signed ones.
The realtor had said during the signing that it was a document showing that I accepted the house 'as is' since the short time after which the inspection had been done. This document was placed before me after I had already signed what he had explained to me, was the "inspection/Appraisal" report.
My attorney said the only thing he could do was file a civil suit, but that it would never get as far as a court room since I had signed the 'as is' document, regardless of what I was told it was.
Is lying not a crime in a case of this magnitude? It being the biggest investment an average person will ever make?
Also, not knowing about any statue of limitations, I was three days late in him filing suit. Though I had done everything I knew to do up to that point, including seeing three other attorneys, it was still past the time allowed.
When he did file against Beasley and Re-Max, Beasley adamantly denied saying he had told me about any inspection having being done. He said he had 'strongly advised me to get one', which is still another lie. It upset me quite a bit because my word is all I really have, being from the old school where a person's word was of great value.
For about two weeks I tossed it around in my mind trying to think of a way to repute his accusations. I finally thought, if it is done in criminal cases, why can't it be done in mine? Therefore ... I took a polygraph test.
Mr. Clay Pouche', who is retired FBI, tested me. He had given polygraph tests the last few years before his retirement, and his credentials are impeccable. One of the many being that after his retirement Governor Riley named him over all polygraph testing in AL.
Mr. Puuche' ask me specific questions relating to the realtor, and what I had been told by him regarding the purchase of the house. After it was over, he later came back and said "'Mrs. Fennell, you breezed right through it'.
The polygraph, though not accepted inside a court of law, proved I had not lied about anything.
I still have to have all the wiring replaced as it is in dangerous condition i.e., old cords frayed, open boxes, etc. The electrician said it could catch fire anytime. He also advised me to get a home inspector out here, which I did .. and would have in the very beginning, had I not been lied to.
The inspector also said himself that the wiring was extremely dangerous, and that the duct work was just laying all over the attic i.e., open in places, torn in others, etc.
Brad Beasley now owns his own real estate company, Beasley Elite Realtor in Mobile.
After this horrendous education, I fully realize just how foolish and naive I was in trusting this man. Though I had once considered myself to have a bit of common sense, apparently I was wrong. Even realizing people of that caliber existed; I was not prepared for him. He was so charming (cunning), and he lied so well.
I most likely will not live long enough to purchase another home. Too, there is no way I would try and sell this one in the condition it is in and at this point, I cannot afford to fix what is left to fix.
This is a criminal case, not a civil one.
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