The Real Estate Home Show RipOff report

By
Real Estate Agent with HomeTowne Realty, Johnston County NC 221530

Near the end of 2007, I took a chance and decided to start expanding my horizons in the field of advertising my listings.  I didn't have theknow how with blogs and SEO that I have now.  So I took a chance on a solicitors call from The Real Estate Home Show.  They were very courteous on the phone and took almost an hour to explain their packages to me.  The lady assured me that my account and purchases would never expire and even suggested the idea of reselling my purchases at a raised price if I decided not to use the product.  So I ended up purchasing 3 REHS TV Aired 1 week with Web Portals and 1 set of 5 mini-cds at $399.  I was so excited I immediately jumped on and created my first video.  It was fed to YouTube.com and I received the 5 mini-cds of excellent quality.

Well, then I kept waiting for the just the right property listing to come along that would have been perfect for this source.  But eventually, it fell to the weigh side.  Until this week....ripoff report

Tuesday I tried to log in to the link provided to me on my receipt and it says "The Page cannot be found".  So I Googled "The Real Estate Home Show".  Sure enough the home page comes up but when I tried to log in, it said the same thing "The page cannot be found".  So I emailed their customer support.  Thinking their website was down, I gave them an extra day and tried again today.  Nothing.  So I tried called them.  THE PHONE NUMBER IS DISCONNECTED.  I've been Ripped OFF.  No phone call, no email, no refund, just a sour taste in my stomach.  Kinda like that feeling when you've showed someone houses for 3 months and they buy a house from someone else.

Please help spread the word to anyone in inventory at The Real Estate Home Show.

Comments (10)

Christine McInerney
Great Life RE - Knoxville, TN
The McInerney Team, Knoxville TN Homes For Sale

I got lots of calls from them but never took the bait.  I got ripped off in the sum of $3000 by a SEO company that promised to build me a website and of course get me ranked #1 of google and yahoo.  They built me this crappy website that looked like a 10 year old created it in a word template. 

When I said I wanted my money back they sent their lawyers after me (or who knows maybe faked it) and said that they would file a complaint againist me with my association and NAR if I slandered them in any way.

I was dumb and it was my first year in business, but it taught me a valuable lesson....never to sign up for anything without thoroughly inspecting things myself.

Jan 18, 2009 01:19 AM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

How awful for both of you!  Whether you are a new agent or experienced one, it is not a good feeling.

Jan 18, 2009 04:34 AM
Gene Allen
Fathom Realty - Cary, NC
Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate

Of course as in everything we do it is always buyer beware and nowadays you need to be quick because businesses are failing at a fast pace.

Jan 18, 2009 07:39 AM
Mark Brian
Silver Star Real Estate LLC - Anderson, SC
Anderson SC Realtor

Thank you for the warning. It is because of AR I have been able to avoid several scams that target RE professionals. This is a fine example of the power of AR and networking!

Jan 18, 2009 08:13 AM
Anonymous
Greg Erlanger

Ahhhh!  I have worked with them for over a year and they did great work.  I loved that service and still have a balance with them but it looks like they just pulled the plug for some reason?  So I too just lost some money too but to give you more insight, they were ligit for well over a year with me.  They must have ran out of money or something happened.  Either way, we just got jipped!   Sorry

Feb 04, 2009 01:32 PM
#5
Anonymous
Greg Erlanger www.ezsalesteam.com

I am going to only work with the more trusted names like Top Producer and Realtor.com from now on .   It looks like Realtor.com just got a nice virtual tour package for your premium listings. 

Feb 04, 2009 01:42 PM
#6
Anonymous
Tim Ross www.homeviewvideotours.com

I did a little research on Real Estate Home Show and found that they are a product of Explicit Media, Inc. and have “ceased operations due to economic conditions” per their website at http://www.explicitmedia.com/.    

Anyway, Home View is an up and coming fast growing video tour, photography, website and hosting business.  We've been in business for two years and service the 3rd largest rental website in America.  We have hundreds of qualified videographers, editors and photographers from coast to coast.  Century 21 and Re/Max make 23% of our business and we have a transparent website with lots of examples and reasonable pricing.

Let us restore your faith! 

Home View, LLC
www.homeviewllc.com
Toll Free: 800-785-6954

 

Feb 12, 2009 03:49 PM
#7
Alix Pinzon
Open Mortgage, LLC NMLS # 2975 - Downey, CA
(562)743-6086

Try to dispute the charge with your credit card company, it's probably too late, but it can't hurt to try.  I would at least take the time to file a complaint with your state attorney general, so they are aware of how many people were ripped off.

Feb 12, 2009 04:51 PM
Dawn Workman
Veracity Real Estate Group, LLC - Camas, WA
Camas Real Estate Expert, MBA, 480-540-8100

Grrrr... I hope you get a full refund soon.  

Feb 12, 2009 05:20 PM
Linda DeRusha
Coldwell Banker Advantage - Garner, NC
Broker/Realtor, ABR,ASP,CDPE

Tracy,

I just saw your post. I did not sign up with this company, but I can see why you would have thought that it was a good place to put your marketing money. However, I know how it is to spend time with a buyer and then he buys a house without your help--been there, done that. I do appreciate you letting all of us here in Active Rain know about this company.

have a great day,

linda

Mar 17, 2009 01:45 PM