The Crazy Questions I Get

Every few days I get an email from people with a gmail email address and oddly their name differs from the name on the email.

Here are the last few…

From Jerod,

What s the minimum rent fee in the uk? I am trying to figure out what is important. I was hoping you might be able to give me some insight.
Would you consider giving me a couple pointers? Thanks.

From Tim,

How many people can a condo hold?
There are so many factors to consider. Would you be kind enough as to give me some pointers as what to look for or avoid?
Any help appreciated.
Thank you so much.

From Susan,

How much does it cost to stage a condo? I was thinking that your advice would be very helpful. I know you must be very busy so any pointers would be very much appreciated. Would you consider giving me a couple pointers? I am very grateful for your help.

From Frank,

I want rent 2 month condo in east asia?
What things should I be considering before going ahead?
Please help me. I am very grateful for your help.

About Matt Goyer

I love condos, lofts, floating homes, new construction and mid-century moderns so much so that since starting this blog in 2006 I've written over 2,000 blog posts about them!

For years I resisted becoming a real estate agent preferring to be a marketing executive at Redfin but after leaving Redfin (after seven years!) I caved in the spring of 2014 and became a broker. So if you need help finding that "Urbnlivn-style" place or selling your home email me at, I'd be happy to help you.

Prior to Urbnlivn and Redfin, I worked at Microsoft after graduating from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Mathematics with a major in computer science.

You can also find me on Twitter, @MattGoyer, or LinkedIn.

  • Lumen Resident

    Oh man, that's got scam written all over it: the similar sentence structure of each, questions about international locations (phishing scams hit their email lists, hoping it'll be just relatable enough for someone on the list to respond) and the excessive use of the terms “consider” & “grateful.” It's highly likely it's a phishing scam and they are searching for a 'live' email address (someone who responds), which they'll then start corresponding with. Best thing you could do to avoid getting more of this is to find a blog function that will act much like your Comment section: people fill out a form to send you emails. That would probably help keep your email address behind-the-scenes and prevent “web crawler” programs from finding it and tossing it into a spammer database of email addresses.

  • nigera419

    It's an automated message, trying to find live suckers to scam.

    If you google the text of these sentences you'll find they are repeated on a number of Q&A sites. As pointed out above, the weird spelling (realitot for realtor) and archaic phrasing is reminiscent of the Nigerian scammers.

    You can always turn these into entertainment – see for some amusing examples of people who bait the scammers.

  • rhondaporter

    I'm getting the same type of email except it's mortgage based… a new type of spam?

    Here's one of mine that I received yesterday.

    Are mortgage interest rates expected to go up or down july 2009? Before I go ahead, is there any pointers you might have?
    A little advice would go a long way right now.

  • Nick

    can I transfer 100,000 pounds through you? If so, you can keep half of it! Just wire me $10,000 now for a deposit so I know you are not going to take all of it.

    King Jacobo of
    East Province Cambodia

  • mattgoyer

    Don't worry, I know it's spam. Just impressed at how targeted it is!

  • jeffwilcox

    … and spambots rule the world. Makes having a blog a real pain, doesn't it, Matt? Thanks for putting up with it. It's probably distracting.

  • jeffwilcox

    … and spambots rule the world. Makes having a blog a real pain, doesn't it, Matt? Thanks for putting up with it. It's probably distracting.