A Florida man is accused of defrauding Lowe’s to build a home from prison

A Florida man has been fraudulently charging supplies to Lowe’s and using them to build a home all while in prison, an investigation by the FBI alleges.

Don’t become phishing bait! Use these 5 tips to stay safe

As broker owners, we need to do a better job at being more aware of scams and learn how to avoid them. Here are a few tips I’ve gleaned from cybersecurity experts that will help keep you and your agents safe.

Tough repair request negotiation? Follow this FBI negotiator’s advice

Author and FBI lead negotiator for international kidnappings Chris Voss shares the secrets of professional persuasion and explains what real estate agents can do to save deals from falling through in a tough negotiation situation.

Agent sentenced to prison for role in foreclosure kickback scheme

Jeffrey Detloff is accused of steering maintenance and repair contracts to companies that provided his own firm a kickback.

Mohamed Hadid must tear down spec mansion, judge rules

Named “Starship Enterprise,” the 30,000-square-foot mansion prompted several criminal and civil lawsuits in Los Angeles due to its failure to abide by city codes.

NAR warns members about conference email scam

The National Association of Realtors warned its members Wednesday about an ongoing scam that fraudulently asks recipients to register for an upcoming conference.

Feds warn of 1,100% rise in real estate phishing scams

According to the Consumer Protection Bureau, scams led to a $1 billion loss in real estate transactions in 2017 alone.

Ransomware attack delays home sales in Baltimore

The attack began last week and has locked up the city’s computer systems, which is preventing title companies from checking on properties’ lien statuses.

Too smart to fall for a real estate scam? Think again

Real estate and rental internet crimes affected 11,300 victims in 2018, according to a new report, and cost them nearly $150 million, up dramatically from 2017, when 9,645 victims were impacted by these types of crimes and lost a collective $56 million to scammers and fraudsters using online means. 

A real estate developer and an FBI agent charged with bribing city employee

A Maryland real estate agent and developer and a South Carolina FBI agent are accused of coming together to bribe a city housing employee.