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Cape Coral woman faces new real estate commission complaint

By Staff | Oct 15, 2011

A state commission is reviewing a second complaint filed against the owner and broker of a Cape Coral real estate company convicted of grand theft.

The newest complaint was filed Wednesday against Robin Marie Speronis before the Florida Real Estate Commission. It alleges that Speronis violated state law by not returning a client’s $3,500 deposit on a failed condo sale.

Speronis, 52, is the qualifying broker for Speare House – doing business as Zen Real Estate out of her home at 1530 S.W. 53rd Terrace. The company is licensed by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulations.

As of Friday, Speronis’ license was suspended pending a review of the first complaint. Filed in June, it alleges that she violated state law by not returning $30,000 to a client after a failed sale and not complying with investigators.

Speronis was sentenced to 10 years of state probation that month after being found guilty of larceny $20,000 less than $100,000 by a judge in connection to the case. She was also ordered to pay $32,000 in restitution.

Speronis could not be reached for comment Friday.

Officials are asking in both complaints that the commission impose one or more penalties from a list that includes suspension or permanent revocation of Speronis’ broker’s license, to probation, restriction of practice or a fine.

According to the complaints, Speronis has the right to request a hearing.

She had not responded to either case as of Friday, officials reported.

In March 2010, a woman told police that she gave Speronis $52,000 to put into a real estate escrow account for the purchase of a duplex. The contract was later denied and Speronis returned $22,500 of the total amount to her.

The woman reported that the remaining monies were kept in the escrow account for an offer on a vacant lot. After that deal also fell through, the woman was unable to reach Speronis to get back the rest of her money.

The woman told police that she had tried to contact Speronis by telephone, by e-mail and by fax, and had even stopped by Speronis’ residence.

According to the newest complaint, two buyers entered into a purchase contract for a condo and gave Speronis the $3,500 deposit in October 2010 to be held in escrow. A short sale, she gave the buyers monthly updates.

In March, the buyers discovered that the property was in foreclosure and that their sale and purchase contract was deemed ineligible for a short sale because of the owner’s pending bankruptcy. The lender rejected the sale.

The condo was foreclosed on, and a month later, the buyers demanded the return of their $3,500 deposit from Speronis. She has failed to return it, records state.

According to court records, Speronis was arrested in July 2009 on a warrant for one count of deposit with intent to defraud and on a court order for one count of grand theft. Both of the charges were nolle prossed later that year.