About Us

This web service is provided as a community service to combat real estate scammers.
Support comes from Barbara Ciment, Realtor and the Smart Marketing Tools for Real Estate (SMarTRE) Initiative.

There are many real estate scams that have been hurting lots of people. Some agents report their listings being hijacked by scammers who then impersonate the agent and ask for “key money” or other payments to get into the house. The scammers have especially targeted the rental market in various free web sites, like Craigslist.

WUSA TV aired an interview from our home office describing our efforts to stop the Nigerian scammers who hi-jack our listings and impersonate realtors in order to scam buyers. One of the many renters who called on one of these 'great deals' turned out to be connected with WUSA TV. We explained how scammers pose as realtors on Craigslist and HotPads.com and try to exploit unwary renters and buyers to send 'key money' to Nigeria to gain access to these 'amazing deals'. We mentioned that we have provided this site so that anyone can check any listing, whether: active, sold, rented, withdrawn or pending to determine the true status of the property.


This web site will help you validate any property that purports to be in the area-wide Multiple Listing Service, the Metropolitan Regional Information System (MRIS), a leading provider of real estate information technology, serving more than 40,000 real estate professionals spanning the Mid-Atlanditc region, including Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and parts of Pennsylvania, Delaware and West Virginia. For more information visit www.mris.com