Foreclosure mix-up puts woman in a panic

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on April 27, 2012 at 2:27 PM

SPOKANE -- A grave mistake had one North Spokane woman in a panic.  She received a letter saying her house was going up for auction for taxes.  Confusion quickly set in because she does not owe anything.

Kay Schmarr has owned her North Spokane house free and clear since 2002.  The letter shows what looks like the copy of an official auction notice and a note from the company.  Panicked, Schmarr immediately calls the company, Generation Y Investments, in Spokane Valley.  The manager tells her that she should double check her records.

"I said this reeks of a scam to me and my next call will be the Attorney General's office," said Schmarr.
 
KREM 2 News also called the company.  They told us the same story over the phone.  After a little digging, both the County Assessor's Office and the Auditor proved that Schmarr owns her house.  The taxes she owes are not due until October.

Generation Y Investments refused to comment on camera.  But they say all their information is public record and provided to them by a company called Spokane Title.  Generation Y Investments says they have never seen an issue like this before.  They think it must be a mistake on the county's part.

Schmarr is not buying it.  She went back to the Assessor's Office Thursday.  They explained there is a house very near by for auction with similar lot and block numbers.  What is clear is there was some confusion of the facts before the notice hit Schmarr's mailbox.

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