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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Friday, August 30, 2013

Houston Estate Sale Company Under Fire


An Elegant Estate Sale, a Houston area estate sale company, is accused of selling a family’s mementos and keeping the cash.

Charles Francis hired the company to sell his deceased parents’ possessions from the home they lived in for 43 years.  The contract stated Francis would be paid 10 to 30 days after the sale.  Two months have passed and Francis still hasn’t received the uncertain sum. 

Francis received a text after the sale saying he was owed $11,820.37, but two weeks later, another text was sent saying it was instead $5,832.45.  When contacted for comment, owner Rena Head stated Francis was owed a mere $1,300.

The contract gave Head a 35% commission on gross sales after subtracting expenses like advertising and cleaning.  On top of waiting for his money, Francis has learned that both Head and her husband have criminal records.

See Amy Davis, Estate Sale Company Under Fire for Allegedly Keeping Cash, Click 2 Houston, Aug. 23, 2013.

Special thanks to Ryan Kellus Turner (General Counsel & Director of Education, Texas Municipal Courts Education Center) for bringing this article to my attention.


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GWB: I merely summarized the report of Amy Davis, Investigative Reporter/Consumer Expert. I suggest you address your concerns to her at adavis@kprc.com.

It is amazing that a professor of law at Texas Tech would post something before he read the contract. Client removed items from the sale the day the sale opened. That is stealing. Just so happened the two items he removed were the only items that made the sale worth while. The items were a 1966 Ford Mustang and a 1931 Model A. The contract allows for the commission due on these items or the full value of these items to be deducted from the proceeds due the client. Next time, before you publish trash, why don't you get the facts or are the facts not important when they pertain to the law

Posted by: Phil head | Jan 9, 2015 4:34:30 PM

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