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cyber fraudBuying a home is a significant financial investment. Unfortunately, circumstances that involve a large transfer of money may also become a target for cyber fraud. “In 2017, the real estate industry will remain one of the top targets for cyber criminals because we are involved in transactions with large sums of money,” explained Chris Kelly, chief administrative and legal officer, ReeceNichols Real Estate. “Additionally, the industry has proven to be a target due to the high volume of email we send and receive.”

At ReeceNichols we are working diligently to stay informed and taking the steps we can to help protect our clients. While some of this may seem common sense, it’s important to understand just how legitimate these phishing scams may come across. In fact, we’re now asking our clients to sign a form during a transaction to ensure you are aware of these possible scams, as well as to share information on how to protect your private financial information. We have also implemented a two-step verification process to all of our email accounts as an extra security measure.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO DO

When buying or selling a home, you are involved in a transaction where money is changing hands – making you a potential target for cyber-criminals. These sophisticated criminals could try to hack your email account or the emails of others involved in your transaction, and direct you to send a wire to the hacker’s account. They can even send emails that appear to be from your agent, closer or other trusted source. If you receive wiring instructions, even if it appears legitimate, do not take action without first verifying the request. Always call to confirm such instructions.

Likewise, be cautious when closing with another company. Contact the closer directly before wiring any money to ensure it is the closing company you’re transacting with. Do not use a phone number or other contact information from an email. Use a business number from another source (like the closing company’s website) to make sure you are talking with your closer, not a potential criminal.

We’re always available if you have a concern. We will do our best to answer any questions you may have and can also connect you with resources if you believe you have been the target of such a scam. Contact us anytime at 913.402.2599.

FiveStarProfessionalAs I’ve mentioned in other posts, 2012 was a really successful year for our team and me. Once again, we received Reece & Nichols Chairman’s Circle Award and in more good news, I just learned that I was lucky enough to be named a 2013 Five Star Real Estate Agent by Five Star Professional! This is an honor I will share with fewer than 7% of real estate agents in the KC area.

This success is a direct reflection of the trust you place with me to assist with your real estate needs. As always, I am grateful for your business and appreciate your referrals to friends and family!

In case you missed it, last week we launched our KC House Hunters real estate app available for iPad, iPhone and Android devices. Download it for FREE and let me know what you think! It puts our home search tools at your fingertips, and includes a Home Scan feature that allows you to scan your surroundings for homes for sale and view a radar display with direction and proximity from your current location.

Of course I’m biased, but I think this app is fantastic. And, one of the best things about apps is they are so easy to share with others. Here are a few of my other favorites, if you want to check them out, too:

Trip Log:  I use this to track my mileage – it’s great for business professionals who track for expenses.

Sound Hound:  I love music and like to know the artist or album name. This takes care of that!

ColorSnap:  This Sherwin Williams app is a big help when trying to match colors in a home. You can also use it to look up a color you see and like.

If you love our new app, please pass it along! Thanks!

The KC real estate market is hot and searching for a new home just got a bit easier. This week we launched our new KC House Hunters real estate app available for iPad, iPhone and Android devices. Download it now HERE and check it out!

The app puts our home search tools right in the palm of your hand – including a new feature called Home Scan that uses augmented reality technology along with your device’s GPS and compass to overlay property information onto your live camera feed. You can literally scan your surroundings for homes for sale and view radar display to show direction and proximity from your current location.

Download it today and let me know what you think!

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