My RSS News Feedhttp://www.hsar.com/news.cfm?fc=rssen-usTue, 10 Nov 2015 10:55:27 GMT45Be Aware of Real Estate Internet Scams and Fraud http://www.hsar.com/news.cfm?fc=article&id=1640http://www.hsar.com/news.cfm?fc=article&id=1640Individuals need to be cautious when posting rental properties and real estate on-line. The Internet Crimes Complaint Center (IC3) continues to receive numerous complaints from individuals who have fallen victim to scams involving rentals of apartments and houses, as well as postings of real estate on-line.<br />Rental scams occur when the victim has rental property advertised and is contacted by and interested party. Once the rental price is agreed-upon, the scammer forwards a check for the deposit on the rental property to the victim. The check is to cover housing expenses and is, either written in excess of the amount required, with the scammer asking for the remainder to be remitted back, or the check is written for the correct amount , but the scammer backs out of the rental agreement and asks fro a refund. Since the banks do not usually place a hold on the funds, the victim has immediate access to them and believes the check has cleared. In the end, the check is found to be counterfeit and the victim is held responsible by the bank for all losses. <br />Another type of scam involves real estate that is posted via classified advertisement websites. The scammer duplicates postings from legitimate real estate websites and reposts these ads, after altering them. Often, the scammers use the broker’s real name to create a fake email, which gives the fraud more legitimacy. When the victim sends an email through the classified advertisement website inquiring about the home, they receive a response from someone claiming to be the owner. The “owner” claims he and his wife are currently on missionary work in a foreign country. Therefore, he needs someone to rent their home while they are away. If the victim is interested in renting the home, they are asked to send money to the owner in a foreign country.<br />If you have been a victim of internet crime, please file a complaint at www.ic3.gov.<br /><br />Tue, 10 Nov 2015 10:55:27 ESTREALTORS Come Together to Support Pride in Homeownership http://www.hsar.com/news.cfm?fc=article&id=1636http://www.hsar.com/news.cfm?fc=article&id=1636On September 18, 2015, dozens of REALTORS® and Affiliate partners from The Hunterdon/Somerset Association of REALTORS® and the Warren County Board of REALTORS® came together in Flemington, and Lambertville, NJ to spend the day doing much needed maintenance work for homeowners who were unable to do the repairs themselves. Realtors® Care Day® is an all-day initiative dedicated to positively impact homeowners living conditions. <br /><br />“As REALTORS®, we work hard to help make homeownership dreams come true,” said H/SAR CEO Roxanne Daiuto. “It was an honor for the REALTOR community to be able to help maintain and enhance these homes.” REALTORS® and Affiliate Partners alike devoted the day to help with necessary, but often unaffordable, exterior home repairs.<br /><br />REALTORS® Care Day was made possible with the help of the following sponsors: <br />• The H/SAR Affiliate Partners<br />• Niece Lumber, Lambertville NJ<br />• Lowes, Flemington NJ<br />• Rutgers Landscape and Nursery, Ringoes NJ<br />• Sweet Valley Farms, Ringoes NJ<br /><br />REALTORS® Care Day was initiated by NJARHOF as an extension of its commitment to affordable, fair and safe housing, and to provide an opportunity for REALTORS® to give back to local communities throughout the Garden State.<br /><br />NJARHOF is a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization that seeks to create greater homeownership opportunities for New Jersey residents. The foundation is dedicated to funding, education, advocacy and leadership programs that are focused on fair and affordable housing and workforce-housing initiatives. The foundation serves to position and educate REALTORS® as leaders, promote homeownership and provide funding to create housing opportunities. <br /><br />The Hunterdon/Somerset Association of REALTORS® is a non-profit trade association serving the needs of 2,100 REALTORS in Hunterdon and Somerset counties and surrounding areas. For more information, please visit www.hsar.com. ####<br />Mon, 26 Oct 2015 15:13:28 ESTRealtors® Care Day® Volunteers Neededhttp://www.hsar.com/news.cfm?fc=article&id=1451http://www.hsar.com/news.cfm?fc=article&id=1451Realtors® Care Day® is a community-wide home repair project that assists homeowners with exterior home repairs and provides adaptive and safety modifications for those in need. Homeowners must go through a application process that involves submitting income and homeowner verification, mortgage and citizenship status, as well as a number of other factors.<br /><br />H/SAR is projecting a date sometime in September of 2016. Committee members are currently being sought to organize this project. If you are interested please contact Roxanne Daiuto at roxanne@hsar.com or at 908-725-3117. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:25:29 EST