John Vollmecke at West USA Realty...Are you really this desperate?
Tonight I decided to check in at Zillow to see how my Phoenix short sale listings were doing. Lo-and-behold, one of my listings (3990 E Crest Lane) was claimed by another agent on June 10th. The agent's name is John Vollmecke, and he even went so far as to change the eloquently-written description (which I had written) to the following:
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Actually, the photos he used in my listing were the photos I took of the home when I listed it. So, not only is he claiming listings that aren't his, he is also in violation of copyright law by copying images and posting them for financial gain. Bad move buddy!
John Vollmecke, do your homework next time. This is not a foreclosure. It is one of my Phoenix short sale listings that I currently have in my inventory. What happens when a potential buyer or buyer's agent calls and asks you questions about the listing? How far along are you in the process? Any offers yet? How do you tap-dance around these types of questions? Oh, by the way, this home has been under contract for the past 60 days, and is approved to close on July 13th (in case you get any calls on it).
Really John Vollmecke? Are you this desperate for clients? Have you ever heard of the Code Of Ethics? Do you understand that I have a listing agreement in place with the sellers on this home, and have had it in place for the past 90 days, and yet, just 13 days ago you decide to call it your own listing? How many other listings have you "claimed" on the various websites out there, in hopes of getting your phone to ring? On your website, you claim to have 33 years of real estate experience. You would think that with such a long career in the business, you wouldn't need to rely on such slimy tactics. How low can you go, John Vollmecke?
But wait, it gets better...According to his Zillow Profile, he currently has 354 currently active listings on Zillow, and has closed 134. According to our local MLS, he has ZERO active listings, 3 pendings, and has closed 16 homes in the past year. So, from what I can tell, he's hijacked 353 other listings on Zillow as well. Nice! At least I'm not the only one he targeted with his BS.
John Vollmecke, please remember this post the next time you consider hijacking someone else's listing and claiming it as your own. And, by the way, your broker and I will be having a chat first thing in the morning.
And yes, I'm mentioning your full name (John Vollmecke) ad-nauseum so that others have a better chance of seeing this post when they google your name.
As a post script to this, I did just receive a call from Dale Hillard, Designated Broker at West USA Realty. He is working diligently to have all of Mr. Vollmecke's listings taken down from the various 3rd-party websites (Zillow, Trulia, etc.), and made it very clear that this would not happen again. Please note that this blog post is not in any way directed at West USA or any of it's other agents. It is specifically directed at Mr. Vollmecke, and my intent is to educate other agents who may have been affected by his actions. We all spend a ton of time and money promoting our listings on the internet, and to have another agent cash in on our efforts is inexcusable. Thanks again for Dale Hillard for stepping in and taking the reins on this one.
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