KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A young mom thought she was buying her dream home. But a few days after moving in, she learned the house was in foreclosure and her $8,000 deposit to Jim Daniels of Three Door Properties had disappeared.
Angenette Hollins, a hard-working, single mom of two, put $8,300 down on a spacious southeast Kansas City ranch house. She described it as "a nice, large house that me and my children wouldn't grow out of."
Or so she hoped. But days after moving in, Hollins got a letter in the mail saying her dream home was in foreclosure and would be sold on the courthouse steps.
"My heart just dropped," she said. "I didn't what was going on with me and my kids. Where were we going to stay?"
She called the attorney handling the foreclosure, who told her that her purchase of the home was never legal because the man who sold her the house had no authority to do so.
Who was that man?
Jim Daniels of Three Door Properties in Kansas City. Hollins called Daniels and demanded to know what went wrong with the sale.
"I asked him when I sat down and met with him, 'are you a con man? You can't show me anything on this house,'" she recalled. "You say you own this house and you don't own it, and you are holding on to my money.'"
She said Daniels insisted he did own the home, but told her he would return her money, but only if she first moved out of the house. No longer trusting Daniels, she refused. She's not the only person who doesn't trust him.
Lori Bath and her husband bought a house from Daniels in May. It still doesn't have a working furnace despite Daniels' repeated promises. Their attempts to reach Daniels are rarely successful.
"We've called a lot," said Bathe. "Every day, sometimes up to 20 times a day."
We tried to track down Jim Daniels, or anyone from Three Door Properties. The company operates out of a room in the back of this adult daycare center on Hickman Mills Road. But no one was there when we came calling. So we visited another address linked to the Three Door Properties, a private home, and left a business card. A few days later, Jim Daniels called us, declining to talk on camera and denying everything.
Daniels insisted he owns the house he sold to Hollins, although Jackson County property records show the house belongs to someone else. Records show that Daniels once did have partial ownership in the house but lost it in a foreclosure sale. In fact, it was in foreclosure when he sold it to Hollins.
Real Estate Attorney Conrad Miller is representing Hollins and is demanding that Daniels return her money.
"The down payment should have gone to reinstate the mortgage. He just took the money and put it in his pocket," said Miller. "It's kind of a textbook case of fraud, as far as I can see."