Al and Cal Homes and Community: Medfield Police Log Advises A Realtor Impersonation

Medfield Police Log Advises A Realtor Impersonation

Medfield Police Log Advises A Realtor Impersonation

Yesterday's daily Patch reports that a woman walked into the local police house to report that she had been duped by someone, a lady, claiming to be a Realtor.   Apparently this women got into her home and walked off with a chest.  

My first thought is that it sounds just crazy.    But is it?

Carol Ann Palmieri's blog

I often get calls from folks I don't know who invite me into their homes to do a market analysis or a consult.   In fact my business depends on it!   

  In 25 years, I have never been asked to show an ID.    In lieu of that, I always hand my new prospective client a business card.    Unlike most Realtors,  I no longer bother to have a photo on my business card and rather use our logo in place of that.  

 It drives me crazy when I see cards that don't remotely resemble the person that holds them.      I mean really with my every changing hair style,  the natural aging process and, yup, I hate to say it, weight fluctuation, one might not recognize the person on the card to be me anyway!    So that being said, I guess the homeowner is taking a leap of faith that it is in fact me.    

So, why wouldn't some crafty thief gain entry into someones home posing as a Realtor just to pick them off?     Realtors are typically welcomed into "strangers" homes.   It does sound a bit crazy doesn't it?

I mean, after all, imagine someone gaining entry into a home pretending to be a Realtor.    That homeowner would have an easy time giving the PoPo  a description of the perp.   I mean I can't imagine anyone letting a "Realtor" with a ski mask covering their face into their home!     I am guessing that one wouldn't be able to hide the "get a way" car either.   In our neck of the woods, a real estate professional will pull right up to the home.    Anyone on foot would probably set up a red flag or two.  

Seems to me it gaining access to a home to rip someone off in this way is a bit risky with promise of little gain.   

Of course I joke a bit, but you should always protect yourself.   

If you are worried or concerned, ask for an ID.     We are happy to show you one!!   

:)   Just promise not to look to close at that date of birth!   



Realtor Impersonation

About the author

Carol-Ann Palmieri is a full time Real Estate professional in Massachusetts for the past 25 years along with her partner Al Mussi have helped literally hundreds of families find, sell or purchase new places to live.

 A former US Marine, she grew up in Walpole, MA...  is committed to the serving the community through various volunteer opportunities.   She attended MA Bay Community and Suffolk University and is committed to constantly updating her Real Estate education.

Al and Cal Licensed in MA and RI...

 Al and Cal's primary areas of service Franklin, Bellingham, Medway, Millis, Medfield, Norfolk, Wrentham, Plainville, Blackstone, Walpole, Milford, Holliston, Hopkinton, Mansfield, and Foxboro, North Attleboro, Norwood, Hopedale, Mendon, Millville but have resourses to help anyone, anywhere....
Their mission....  To exceed your expectations!


Carol-Ann Palmieri

Al and Cal Realty Group

Remax Executive Realty




Comment balloon 8 commentsCarol-Ann Palmieri • March 28 2013 06:32AM


That sure sounds like a strange way to get into a home Cal, I hope they catch that bad guy.

Posted by Al Raymondi, Ormond By The Sea Florida - Home and Condo Sales (Ocean View Realty Group in Ormond By The Sea Florida) over 7 years ago

Hi Al.   I agree, very weird!  

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) over 7 years ago

Carol Ann, this is going to become a bigger problem especially among older citizens...I always warn them about it but many truly trust that person at the door!

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) over 7 years ago

Hi Carol Ann~


WHOA!! Good point(s0!!! Maybe it's time for us to think more about this. I read the post with interest and found myself wondering how this could unfold. Here's a Big SUGGEST.

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 7 years ago

Carol Ann: Desperate times make some folks do crazy things.  It sounds like the homeowners were unharmed which is great.

Posted by Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA (Coldwell Banker Access Realty ~ 478.960.8055) over 7 years ago

Hi Cal Gal - That's such a bummer to hear about - I just can't believe folks do this kind of thing. :(  Perhaps your post will remind people to be a little less trusting about who they allow in their homes. )


By the way, hope you ( and your family) have a wonderful Easter weekend.

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) over 7 years ago

Hi janeAnne, Anita, and Debb.   Thanks for checking this out.  I hope you are having a good weekend.  

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) over 7 years ago

Cal, Very brazen robbery and I would be careful as these types will do anything and obviously this person left a description of themselves by being seen. The world is loaded with thief's looking to take advantage of whoever they can. The best thing a homeowner can do is ask for a business card and their drivers license before they get into the house.  

Posted by Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties) over 7 years ago