Suspicious serial caller ‘Dwayne Bergeman’ targets agents in Arizona

The Arizona call follows previous incidents in Baton Rouge, Lousiana; Salem and Portland in Oregon; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Boston, Massachusetts; Little Rock, Arkansas; and parts of North Carolina and Hawaii, said Courtney and Carter …

Bombing suspect dead, Austin real estate community remains vigilant

The jarring news brought some relief to the anxiety permeating the Texas capital, where residents were on high alert for more bombings. Austin police said Conditt was thought to be behind all the attacks — four package bomb explosions and one tripwire…

Austin’s ‘serial bomber’ has real estate agents on guard

Austin residents, including many local real estate agents, are grappling with the news that another bombing occurred in their city on the night of Sunday, March 18 — the fourth such explosion in less than a month …

Guns and drugs are real estate issues

The real estate industry should play a front and center role in this mess. Forget the public interest for a minute, consider the industry’s self-interest: safe schools and crime-free neighborhoods are central to quality of life, stable home prices and more home sales …

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…