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By Emilio DiSpirito, Realtor and owner, Engel & Völkers East Greenwich and Engel & Völkers Barrington East Bay
Consumers today are concerned with their cyber security and the threat of wire fraud. In a world where most of what we do is now online, there has never been a greater financial threat to our home buyers and sellers.
According to FBI data and the National Association of Realtors, there were over $213 million in losses from over 13,638 real estate transactions in 2020 alone, a sharp 17% increase over 2019!
Scammers will use email addresses that look similar to a real estate agents address and will communicate directly with the client. For example YourAgent123@gmail.com could be YourAgentl23@gmail.com, where they replace a character with a similar character, which becomes virtually impossible to see to the untrained eye.
The good news is that the solution is extremely simple. A Realtor can not only look more professional and “up with the times” by using an email address with their .com, benefit from the marketing, but most importantly will protect their clients from scammers which could result in costly wire fraud.
Scammers will have a much more difficult time trying to replicate Emilio.DiSpirito@evrealestate.com with our increased safety measures and encryption than a traditional “free” email address.
For more information, contact Emilio.firstname.lastname@example.org
To read more articles in RINewsToday by Emilio, go to: https://rinewstoday.com/emilio-dispirito/
If you would have asked me what I wanted to be growing up, little Emilio would have told you “an archeologist” or “an architect” despite the fact that at age 8 I had my first lemonade stand, landscaping business and was recording my first “news show” on my boombox! Well, I never was much good at trigonometry and did could not see myself traveling for months and possibly years at a time, so becoming an architect or archaeologist clearly did not happen!
Fast forward 26 years later and I’m running a team of the finest residential real estate professionals, own a media company and host my very own radio news show about real estate!
For 7 years straight it seemed that I had put in more hours than the day had to give on my real estate business. 7 days a week, 14 to 16 hour days, without a break! Why? My friends and family did not understand the sheer magnitude of moving parts and services we offer to our clients during a transaction! One slip up or one missed call could mean make or break for someone’s dream home or even a lost deposit!
Running a team of like-minded, highly qualified and capable professionals has allowed me to offer a very streamlined, simplified and efficient approach to the sales process for our clients and allowed me to earn personal time again with my family while not missing a beat for my clients!
When I’m not working, I’m with family and friends, riding my mountain bike, eating at local restaurants, enjoying live entertainment, hiking, skiing or reading!
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