CertifID wants to save you from becoming a wire fraud victim

CertifID was founded by the owners of Sun Title in Michigan after their company fell victim to wire fraud. In their effort to demonstrate how easy it is to have money sent without proper verification, or at least without people noticing irregularities, the company founders showed me confirmation that they were able to wire money to “Winnie the Pooh” without anyone blinking …

Ex-husband indicted in Realtor Crystal McDowell’s murder

A Texas man charged with strangling his ex-wife, a Realtor in Houston, was indicted last Thursday, according to The Houston Chronicle. A Chambers County grand jury leveled the murder charge against Steven McDowell nearly three months after Crystal McDowell, a beloved Realtor with Virginia Malone & Associates, went missing on Aug. 25 during the hours leading up to historic Hurricane Harvey’s destructive landfall …

Safety app Forewarn provides instant background checks

Forewarn is an agent safety app that provides immediate background checks for showing prospects when you provide their phone number …

Here’s the Soho condo Manafort allegedly used to launder money

The indicted and arrested former Trump campaign manager reportedly purchased the swank property at 29 Howard Street, Unit 4, in 2012, and Airbnb-ed it out …

Ex-Realtor targeted first-time buyers in wire fraud scheme

Hazelton, Pennsylvania-based real estate agent Ignacio Beato has begun his four-year sentence for conning buyers out of more than $750,000 in a wire fraud scheme conducted from December 2013 to March 2015 in which he claimed to be a listing agent who h…

Ex-Realtor targeted first-time buyers in wire fraud scheme

Hazelton, Pennsylvania-based real estate agent Ignacio Beato has begun his four-year sentence for conning buyers out of more than $750,000 in a wire fraud scheme conducted from December 2013 to March 2015 in which he claimed to be a listing agent who h…

Las Vegas shooter reportedly a real estate investor

It’s been two days since the mass shooting at the country music Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas — the deadliest in American history to date — and many are trying to piece together the story of Stephen Paddock, the 64-year-old gunman who killed 59 people and wounded 500 others from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino. Paddock is reported to have committed suicide before law enforcement arrived, according to the Associated Press …

Folio Gmail extension for real estate adds feature to combat fraud

Folio by Amitree is now wired to search for and alert agents to emails that include financial information. …

Graphiq outlines the safest neighborhoods in major cities

Scoping a new city can be difficult, especially when all new residents have to rely on is word of mouth. It’s the agent’s job to direct new homebuyers and renters in the right direction – toward a neighborhood that will suit their needs and garner a safe investment and lifestyle …

5 reasons smart investors choose older housing stock

For many people, buying a new home doesn’t mean buying a new home at all. Whether the home was built 10 years ago or an 110 years ago, existing housing stock is a popular choice for a lot of reasons — not the least of which is the fact that it’s right…