Zillow Advice: Landlords - UNSCRUPULOUS AGENT STOLE MY LISTING http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/UNSCRUPULOUS-AGENT-STOLE-MY-LISTING/416936/ Zillow Advice | Zillow Real Estate I am really glad to hear ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/UNSCRUPULOUS-AGENT-STOLE-MY-LISTING/416936/ I am really glad to hear that the agent removed the listing in 24 hours after you contacted him and can completely understand your anger about having the listing used without your permission. That would make me livid as a FRBO too.<br/><br/>Zillow does try to monitor agents and listings on the site, but there are alot of them so they have to trust agents to act professionally. Not all of them do. I do not like the practice of reposting other owners or agents listings. I think that it is a bad practice, but some MLS systems and agents allow it.<br/><br/>In this case, you were an owner renting out and you are right when you say that the property manager messed up by not asking your permission to let everyone post your property as their listing. The 2 days on Zillow should actually help you since it think that will make it come up higher in the search, but I am just glad that you finally got it straightened out. Tue, 27 Sep 2011 01:11:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/UNSCRUPULOUS-AGENT-STOLE-MY-LISTING/416936/ 2011-09-27T01:11:00Z Well, the problem started ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/UNSCRUPULOUS-AGENT-STOLE-MY-LISTING/416936/ Well, the problem started with the Property Manager who I hired (and have since FIRED), Joe Berg of Preferred Properties in Hollywood, FL.&nbsp; HE listed the property on the MLS with the setting "allow to re-post" and started the entire problem.&nbsp; I have NO idea where anyone got 1,318 sq. ft.&nbsp; 1,557 is what appears on the tax roll but I guarantee you that it is well over 2000 sq. ft. under air!&nbsp; <br/>Several of the previous owners of the property have done additions, my guess is without a permit, hence the difference in the Sq. Ft., but even the one car garage is air conditioned and the previous owner before me used it as a home office.&nbsp; <br/><br/>The problem with ZILLOW is that they allow professional agents to take over a homeowner's listing.&nbsp; Once that has been done (WITHOUT ever consulting the owner), the owner cannot reclaim the listing until the agent removes him or herself.&nbsp; I have had a listing on Zillow since almost 2 years ago, but it now appears as if it has only been on for 2 days, since that is when the agent removed himself and I reclaimed it.<br/><br/>In all fairness, Mr. Klepper did remove himself after we spoke on the phone within 24 hours, and he did what many of you RE agents do, troll for listings on the MLS and repost it as yours... a practice which I find to be very deceiving.<br/><br/> Tue, 27 Sep 2011 00:55:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/UNSCRUPULOUS-AGENT-STOLE-MY-LISTING/416936/ 2011-09-27T00:55:00Z &nbsp;I checked a local MLS ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/UNSCRUPULOUS-AGENT-STOLE-MY-LISTING/416936/ <p>&nbsp;I checked a local MLS and your house was offered for rent and only recently the listing was cancelled. At the time listing was active, the listing broker allowed other brokers to advertise the property. This could cause the situation that you discovered. I don't think the agent intentionally tried to steal your listing. Once the listing is cancelled in our local MLS, it's not automatically cancelled on other websites.<br/>As far as the sq. ft of your house. This information it can be auto-populated from local appraiser's website when agent puts the listing into the system. When you go to bcpa.net and look for you address, you will notice that information about sq.ft of your house is as follows: LA (living area) -1,318, Ad. sq.ft (total area air-conditioned and non air-conditioned space) is 1,557. Again, I don't think the agent was trying to provide false information. He only relied on information found&nbsp;on property appraiser's website.<br/><br/>I agree, that once you do not wish other brokers to advertise your property, they should remove it from the website once they were notified. Sometimes they are not aware that the property is no longer offered for sale/rent by brokers and still may show as active on other websites.<br/>Good luck!</p> Sun, 25 Sep 2011 18:19:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/UNSCRUPULOUS-AGENT-STOLE-MY-LISTING/416936/ 2011-09-25T18:19:00Z It looks like you were about ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/UNSCRUPULOUS-AGENT-STOLE-MY-LISTING/416936/ It looks like you were about to repost your listing <a href="http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2208-N-40th-Ave-Hollywood-FL-33021/43321447_zpid/#{scid=hdp-site-map-bubble-address}">here</a>&nbsp;without the agent. You can file a complaint against the agent with the Florida RE commission <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/re/complaint.html">here</a>.<br/><br/>If it were me, I would send him an email and tell him that you do not want this to ever happen again. Mistakes do happen, I would give him the benefit of the doubt the first time. Sun, 25 Sep 2011 01:53:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/UNSCRUPULOUS-AGENT-STOLE-MY-LISTING/416936/ 2011-09-25T01:53:00Z As you are capable of signing ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/UNSCRUPULOUS-AGENT-STOLE-MY-LISTING/416936/ As you are capable of signing in to make "owner's comments" on the Zestimate, can you not edit the description and remove all the offensive words of BK?&nbsp;&nbsp; The description can be found under "edit".<br/><br/>At the moment the house is not listed on Zillow for sale or for rent. Sat, 24 Sep 2011 21:35:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/UNSCRUPULOUS-AGENT-STOLE-MY-LISTING/416936/ 2011-09-24T21:35:00Z Wow that is unreal and I ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/UNSCRUPULOUS-AGENT-STOLE-MY-LISTING/416936/ Wow that is unreal and I am sorry that has happened. I am not sure that he actually stole your listing as you are the home owner and he has not right to market it as his own unless he has a contract with you. I think with alot of these websites there will be a&nbsp;Realtor&nbsp;listed as an agent but the allow the MLS to be linked to the site so that it looks like their listings. This allows&nbsp;Realtors&nbsp;to capture people looking to buy even if it's not their property. It happens on many sites. A&nbsp;Realtor&nbsp;may look like they have 1000 listings but they are just funneled in from the MLS on their site to look like theirs. I would notify the administrator of whatever page you are seeing it on.&nbsp;Definitely&nbsp;look into this but I think it's just as I mentioned where it's a case of information being automatically funneled in from the MLS. I hope all works out well for you.&nbsp; Sat, 24 Sep 2011 21:14:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/UNSCRUPULOUS-AGENT-STOLE-MY-LISTING/416936/ 2011-09-24T21:14:00Z Flag the listing for Zillow ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/UNSCRUPULOUS-AGENT-STOLE-MY-LISTING/416936/ Flag the listing for Zillow to look into. Look down at the bottom of the page. Sat, 24 Sep 2011 20:57:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/UNSCRUPULOUS-AGENT-STOLE-MY-LISTING/416936/ 2011-09-24T20:57:00Z