Category Archives: Real Estate

Craig’s List Rental Scare

CAUTION:  

Be sure you know who you are dealing with on Craig's List.  Recently, I have been receiving a rash of phone calls about one of my listings listed as a rental on Craig's List.  It is not a rental by the way.  It is strictly for sale.

Someone took the information I recently posted on the MLS, Realtor.com, etc. and regurgitated the information to create this too-good-to-be-true rental opportunity.  They were requesting $600 deposit with $700 a month rent but the catch was you could not see the home because the home owner was in Africa and could not show it.  

Here is the scary bit; someone was posing as my client.  They used my client's name in these email correspondences with these would be renters but no one was able to get a hold of this person via phone, so they called me.  The smart ones called me.  Who knows how many people these scammers have gotten…  

Good News:  From what I can tell, the advert is down.  I cannot find a trace of it anywhere.  

Bad News:  There will be another listing they will target.

Just be cautious out there folks.

First Time Home Buyers… Lookin’ for Financial Help?

With financial options being more and more limited, Ohio Housing Finance Agency offers some unique programs to offer assistance.  From new graduates to Ohio heroes, there are possible avenues to explore for first time home buyers.  These avenues are not automatically awarded to you.  You will need to qualify; but, here are options for down payments or possible home repair loans.  It is something to know about and consider.

Back To The Real Estate Sales Basics

Real Estate Sales Basics have not changed over the years.  Yes, there have been some amazing advances in technology.  These tools may increase your chances for sales.  However, the goals are the same.  You are looking to establish:

1.  Trust
2.  Professional Experience
3.  Influence

I have seen how personal connections can bring about amazing outcomes.  Your Sphere of Influence can always be added to and broadened. Every day is a new day to connect with someone.  How are you going to network and make personal connections today?