Buyers & Sellers of Real Estate need to beware of Posers....

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Buyers & Sellers of Real Estate need to beware of 'Posers'…

This post was inspired by ‘Synchronicity’, There were several simultaneous occurrences of events which appeared to be related, but they had no discernible connections noticeable to me.

First, I read a comment on Active Rain about military awards.

Then, I received an email blast from Berkshire Hathaway’s internal email service, where several agents were pre-warning about “Amy “who would call about buying a home in our market and sell a home in another part of the country. On the surface this would look like a good Real Estate opportunity, unfortunately she is just a creative scammer.

Shortly after it, I was sent a link to this month’s Vanity Fair Article about a woman who ….well never mind why don’t you read the article  (Vanity Fair Article  )

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“Posers” aka. “Pretenders” according to the Dictionary of American Urban, they are described as people who claim to be someone else. We find them in Real Estate, we find them in our every day interactions and we need to be cautious.

  Occasionally you hear a person bragging about having been in the military and that they have earned awards. They appear to sound like the real deal, until they run into someone who has been in the military and to that person it becomes clear, that this person is a “poser”.

Did you know that this is a Federal Crime? The Stolen Valor Act makes it a federal crime to fraudulently claim to be a recipient of certain military decorations or medals.

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Just as claiming to be a REALTOR® and not being one you can potentially be charged for Trademark Infringement and the list goes on….

So with that said, I would encourage for Buyers & Sellers when they first meet a Real  Estate practitioner to ask them to show two documents, if they claim to be a REALTOR®: (1) have them show you their  National Association of Realtor Membership Card with their member name and number, (2)  as well as their State’s Real Estate License with their name and number and expiration date.

The ones who are legitimate will have no problem showing you one or both ID Cards.

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Now if you are looking for a Licensed California REALTOR® in the Greater Los Angeles area please reach out to me directly!

 

 

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Rainmaker
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John Pusa
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Hello Endre Barath, Jr. thanks for the warning. I agree, there are posers in real estate and everywhere too. Hope nobody believe "Amy" the poser.

Apr 15, 2018 04:30 PM #1
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Kathy Streib
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Hi Endre- you are absolutely right...we were having breakfast with a friend who'd been wounded in Viet Nam during the 9 days in May battle. Larry (who was an F-4 pilot) and he knew right away when someone came up and said he'd served that he did not. There are posers in all walks of life. 

Apr 15, 2018 04:33 PM #2
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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John Pusa  have you received a call from Amy too??Endre

Apr 15, 2018 04:33 PM #3
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Kathy Streib  I find it amazing when people claim to be US Army Rangers and I have a couple quick conversation with them and ....well you know they disappear quickly at the cocktail party...Endre

Apr 15, 2018 04:35 PM #4
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Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
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Have ran into a few people who lived their lives through others experiences, it is unsettling to say the least Endre! They are not in my circle of friends, clients or family members, thankfully.

Apr 15, 2018 04:42 PM #5
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!  before Real Estate I was in Contract Security Management and ran into a couple people who seemed legit, but after a discussion of about ten to fifteen minutes it was clear they were like used living through other  peoples experiences...Endre

Apr 15, 2018 04:47 PM #6
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Lisa Von Domek
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Beware of posers indeed Endre Barath, Jr. .  how vile for anyone to claim rights they have not earned.

Apr 15, 2018 04:49 PM #7
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Lisa Von Domek  the worst ones are  who claim to be Real Estate practitioners and or Realtors and do not have a Real Estate License nor a membership in the National Association of Realtors...Endre

Apr 15, 2018 05:05 PM #8
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Lisa Von Domek
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California seems to have a lot of law breakers Endre Barath, Jr.  

Apr 15, 2018 05:13 PM #9
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Endre well unfortunately some of our politicians are guilty of this.  One of our Senators here in CT got caught lying about serving in the military.

Apr 15, 2018 05:15 PM #10
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Debbie Reynolds
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I am not a poser or pretender but have known one. I had an agent that said she played the part of Zuzu on It's a Wonderful Life. She also talked about all the parties she went to Jimmy's house (Jimmy Stewart). She left real estate to go to work at one of those title loan companies. Enough said.

Apr 15, 2018 05:20 PM #11
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Lisa Von Domek  sad and true, Endre

Apr 15, 2018 05:26 PM #12
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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George Souto  I vaguely recall something on the news a while back...all I can say is how crazy since they are virtually under the microscope all the time...Endre

Apr 15, 2018 05:27 PM #13
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Debbie Reynolds  that is scary .... on  a side note 20+ years ago Jimmy Stewart had a house in the Flats of Beverly Hills...he used to come out and wave to the tour buses...maybe she was on one of those tour buses:))Endre

Apr 15, 2018 05:29 PM #14
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Debbie Reynolds
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Yeah maybe so. She had that little fantasy and all of us said, no way! She could have possibly been a second or third want a be.

Apr 15, 2018 05:33 PM #15
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Debbie Reynolds  please check this link out  zuzu-bailey-karolyn-grimes-tragedy

Apr 15, 2018 05:45 PM #16
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Endre, thank you for the heads up. We want to help real people. Posers can waste other posers' time.

Apr 15, 2018 07:01 PM #17
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Michael Jacobs
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Hello Endre - there is a lot of scamming and "posing"  going on. It's good to remain alert. 

Apr 16, 2018 05:08 AM #18
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Carol Williams
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Hi Endre,
Scammers seem to have no limit to their methods.  I wish I could string them all up in public and have them flogged.  As for showing ID, not a bad idea.  That could be a good way to lead into getting someone's ID... "I'll show you mine if you show me yours."   If they are hesitant to show you their ID, run!

Apr 16, 2018 06:38 AM #19
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Beth Atalay
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Hi Endre Barath, Jr., it's sad we can't just take someone's word, always be on the alert, scammers are everywhere. Buyers and sellers don't really understand what makes someone a REALTOR® but posers definitely do.

Apr 16, 2018 07:00 AM #20
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