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Real Estate Scams in the Columbia, Greene and Northern Dutchess areas

To make you aware, there have been real estate scams reported lately of two different kinds.

One is the "Home for Rent" scam on Craigs List.  Please make sure your properties are not listed where they should not be.  And if you find them out there, the state police are currently investigating these situations so you may want to contact them as well as contacting Craigs List to report the scam.


Please be aware that there is a person in the Greene County area who is representing himself as a Real Estate Agent and he is not on the DOS website as a licensee.

The father of this scammer, a handyman, may also be involved.  They have gone so far as to contact the  homeowners to show the property.

Please ensure that your sellers or buyers know to contact you as their agent to confirm the legitimacy of a request to show a property

If you do not know the agent, check to see if they are in the MLS or on the DOS website.  Keeping yourself, your clients and their properties safe is of the utmost importance.

The State Police in Greene County have been contacted. 

Become an RPR Mobile App Power User

10 Power User Features of the RPR app

The RPR app and busy REALTORS® have much in common. Mainly, they are each constantly in motion. We know that to keep up with an agent’s need for quick access to property and market trend data, the app must continually build in new features and related usefulness. Fast forward, here are the top 10 features of the RPR app power users should know about, including some important new enhancements.

  1. 1.Choose your start screen
    When you first open the RPR app, thedefault screen shows recent activity around your location. Although if you find yourself searching for properties by address more than your location, change the default home screen. First, swipe left or right to find the screen you want to see first when you open the app: Search, Nearby Properties, Local Market Data. Once you’ve landed on the screen you want to see first, press the home icon in the top right for two-seconds. It will turn green, and confirm the change.
  1. 2.Draw map search
    The name says it all. When you want to restrict searches to a particular geographic area, start by either pressing the Locate Me button on the home screen, or search for a general geography (i.e. City or ZIP). Once on the map, pan and drag to the neighborhood/area you want to search and then press Draw.  Now, use your finger to outline the boundaries of the search area. To save your custom search area, choose the Star icon located at the bottom right of the screen. When the Save This Search screen opens, type a name and choose Save With Custom Name. That custom search will now be available by pressing Saved from the home screen and then Searches. From here you can also choose the pencil to edit the saved shape name.
  1. 3.Compass mode
    With the addition of Compass Mode, reviewing the RPR map while moving has become easier. When turned on, the blue compass marker at the top right of the map turns into a compass with a North arrow. If you rotate to face a different direction, the map will rotate with you in real time. So the map always displays the direction you're currently facing, even if you've moved around.
  2. 4.Map, Hybrid and Satellite map view
    Each map view has its advantages, so knowing how to quickly switch between the views is useful. Tap on the map, and the toolbar will display on the bottom of the screen. Press the Map Settings icon on the left. Now switch between Standard, Hybrid and Satellite.
  1. 5.Zoom to parcel level to see all homes
    There are many reasons you may need to see each home in a neighborhood, like when walking your farm area.  To do so, zoom in on your map to reveal each property in the area. Start by either pressing Locate Me, and then from the map pinch and zoom into the street level. Gray pins will show up with their RVM value represented.
  1. 6.Swipe in List View
    Sometimes it’s about how quickly you can get to the information or feature you’re seeking. If that includes saving a property, calling the listing agent, adding property notes, or creating a report, try swiping left on a property in list view. This will show you shortcuts to each of those actions.
  1. 7.See comparable properties
    The RPR app does not have the comps analysis tool, for that you’ll need to use the website. But when you need access to comparable properties while mobile, this feature will come in handy. Start by searching for the subject property, or if you are standing at the location use the Locate Me button. Once you’ve opened the property record, scroll down to Location/Details, and choose Find Nearby Comps. This will take you to a map view with recent sales and active properties. To see only sold properties, select Filter and turn For Sale and Sale Pending to No and then press Apply Filters. Switch to List View and now scroll the list and review the system generated comparable properties.

Rapattoni Training - What a Wonderful Experience

When you get endorsements like: "Excellent", "Just what we needed", "Thank you , Thank you , Thank you!"  you know it was a wonderful experience.

The last two days were spent learning as much as we could about Rapattoni and how to best us the system.  So sorry if you did not make it, the education was worth every minute!


Our two Rapattoni trainers: Laura Dimick and Ashleigh Portanova, were smart and patient ladies and took us through training for Beginners, Advanced, Train the Trainer and Staff Training to make those of us who participated even better at what we do.

Thanks to the time spent, we know a lot more about the CMA product, reports, reverse prospecting (how cool) and setting up or defaults so we use less clicks to get the things we want from the MLS tool!

Thank you Ashleigh and Laura!



      Ashleigh                   Laura


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