Many are excited about the upcoming MLB All Star Game being held in downtown Phoenix. The event brings the best of the best in baseball, lots of parties and activities and thousands of visitors. Sadly it also brings con artists and scammers.
We just received an alert from the Arizona Department of Real Estate about a group that is scamming inbound MLB fans with fake leases of homes and condos. Below is part of the announcement from Judy Lowe, the commissioner of ADRE, and the Arizona Attorney General’s office.
Based in part on information provided by the Attorney General’s Office, the Commissioner’s Order issued yesterday finds that Your Stay Accommodations, operating out of Phoenix, offered to lease consumers’ homes to people attending the 2011 MLB All-Star event for an advance fee of approximately $1,495. Arizona law, however, requires individuals engaged in real estate activity for compensation to first obtain a license from the Real Estate Department. The individuals behind Your Stay Accommodations are not licensed.
The Commissioner has ordered Your Stay Accommodations to immediately cease and desist from its rental activities. “Unlicensed real estate activity in Arizona must be stopped. This is an example of a practice that harms the public. The Arizona Department of Real Estate observes a ‘Zero tolerance’ for this type of activity,” said Commissioner Lowe.
Our suggestion is that people leasing homes and condos during the MLB All Star Game be very careful. Make sure you work with licensed professionals, only give deposits that will be held in trust accounts managed by well known banks or title companies, and simply be wise and careful.
We want our visitors to have a great experience. We can help that happen by being good ambassadors of our City. If you hear of a scam happening, contact the Attorney General’s office immediately; Be proactive. Their number is (602) 542-5763.
We hope all those attending the MLB All Star Game festivities will have a great time.
Gene Urban and Ron Urban
The Urban Team
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