Morning Minute: Joliet REALTORS® caution against rental scams

REALTOR® Karen Robertson, president-elect of the Three Rivers Association of REALTORS®, is in the news with a cautionary tale of “scraping” rental scams. A good read for consumers and real estate professionals. Read more in the Chicago Sun-Times.

“We’re seeing to see more and more rental scams in the area,” said Robertson, a broker with Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell, in an accompanying video. But she added there are things consumers can do to educate themselves about a property including checking the status of a property with the local supervisor of assessments’ office and the county recorder, contacting a local REALTOR® and before you sign a rental agreement, consulting with an attorney.

One more tip: Renters should also be leery of situations where someone asks for money before showing the property.

In other headlines:

Making an irresistible home offer – Chicago Tribune

Home-buying frenzy: Strong demand collides with scarce inventory – Chicago Tribune (via Miami Herald)


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About Stephanie Sievers

Stephanie Sievers is Senior Editor for the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. She serves as Senior Editor for IAR publications including the Illinois REALTOR® magazine and all other IAR publications. She is responsible for developing content for the Illinois REALTOR® Weekly Connection e-newsletter, coordinates the IAR Twitter account content at ILREALTOR and plans and develops content for videos. She assists in developing and writing content for the IAR blog. She also is involved in researching and drafting news releases and coordinates the news media distribution database and newsclips reports for the Association. She also assists in IAR spokesperson training seminars and is involved in development of association briefing materials on issues. She assists with the housing statistics program and reports.

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