Ozaukee & Washington County Real Estate: A Reminder That We All Need Each Other in This Business

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A Reminder That We All Need Each Other in This Business


I was out on tour yesterday looking at some new listings with some colleagues when we stopped at a house listed by a co-broke. After walking through the house and hearing a little bit about it, conversation turned to how things were going in the world of real estate. And soon it turned into a discussion of some scams that are occurring in our area.

I've heard and read about mortgage fraud, forged documents, and outright dishonesty about pre-approvals. But because I like to believe I live and work in an area that is somehow exempt from these sorts of activities, I listened with my jaw dropped as this agent told us of two recent scams she found herself involved in. My colleagues and I were stunned -- how do we deal with these situations?

I'm not sure yet what the answer is to that question, but yesterday served as a reminder that while we are each other's competition, we are also each other's best allies.

The more we communicate and work with each other, the better we can protect our buyers, sellers and ourselves from falling victim to one of these scam artists. And the more likely we will succeed at putting these ruthless activities to rest.


Peggy Wester
Phone: 262-370-1757
Email: pwester@realtyexecutives.com
Website: peggywester.com
Blog: peggysblog.com

Peggy Wester - Realty Executives Integrity

Comment balloon 6 commentsPeggy Wester • November 09 2011 07:43PM


Thanks Peggy, this is good advice, knowledge is powerful.  Great part of the country that you live in.  I am from Glendale WI, now living in Ventura CA but always liked the Ozaukee area.

Posted by Kathy Stoltman, Ventura County Real Estate Consultant 805-746-1793 (Rockwood Realty) over 7 years ago

I came close to falling victim to an advertising scam. I called our AE at our board and had her send out a mass email. I don't know why we can't help each other out as agents.

Posted by Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO (Cedaredge Land Company) over 7 years ago

Kathy -- Small world!! Yeah, I really do think we need to keep each other informed of what we're running into out there. Just shocked at what I learned yesterday!

Debbie -- Our association board is aware of at least one of these scams. Maybe it's time to provide some specific guidance to all its members on how to handle these situations. Scary times!

Posted by Peggy Wester, Real Estate Agent Ozaukee & Washington County (Realty Executives Integrity) over 7 years ago

Peggy, I feel lucky to work in a very collaborative market.  And I think we all are amazed at the jaw droppers that we don't expect.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 7 years ago

Peggy, if we would work together more, things would go much smoother and we would look better in the public's eye.

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) over 7 years ago

Patricia -- I think overall our community here, too, is collaborative and we are very lucky for that. It's good to hear it's like that in other parts of the country, too!

William -- Could not agree with you more. Improving our image in the public's eye is something we should all work on!

Posted by Peggy Wester, Real Estate Agent Ozaukee & Washington County (Realty Executives Integrity) over 7 years ago