Stay far, far away from New Market Realty

by Joe Zekas on 2/22/13

The Craigslist recruiting ad pictured above prompted me to take a closer look at New Market Realty’s website. Who, after all, wouldn’t want to see “the most comprehensive website … in the industry” and learn about “the most aggressive marketing program in the industry?”

What I found when I went to the blog on New Market Realty’s website was the most blatant instance of copyright theft that I’ve seen.

Ayman Hanna, the managing broker at New Market Realty copied a major portion of our Old Town apartment rental guide word for word and posted it as his own work in a blog post. All of the pictures in his blog post are YoChicago pictures. Here’s a full screen cap documenting his theft.

The articles on the company’s news page are copied in their entirety from Crain’s Chicago Real Estate Daily, without attribution. I’ve alerted Crain’s.

I couldn’t find a number of the agents on New Market Realty’s roster in the IDFPR database. I was able to find a broker license for Kevin Pritchett, who’s identified as an “Attorney/Broker” at New Market Realty. I was also able to find his law license record at the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, with the following notation:

Mr. Pritchett, who was licensed in 1987, was suspended for five months. He was convicted of attempt to commit financial identity theft after he used his secretary’s identification information to open a bank account and to obtain a life insurance agency agreement. The suspension is effective on June 8, 2012.

Google Kevin Pritchett Attorney Chicago and you’ll find a record of his having been charged with filing a false or misleading application with the Illinois Department of Securities – and more.

This is a company that renters, landlords and anyone seeking employment need to avoid.

TIP: If you’re renting in Chicago you should never just walk into a rental service and work with whoever you’re assigned to. Always research the person before meeting him or her. And always ask for a driver’s license and leasing agent or broker license before agreeing to work with a rental agent.

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Christine Hancock February 22, 2013 at 7:32 AM

I find my mouth dropping open every time I read another of your posts about these so-called rental companies.
I think what they mean by “the most aggressive marketing program” is trying to show listings with 15 minutes notice.

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kate July 2, 2014 at 10:10 AM

I keep getting letters from Michael Kevorkian, purportedly from New Market, looking to buy my property- it’s not for sale! Handwritten in red ink on yellow legal pad- very creepy & harassing!

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Michael Kevorkian September 22, 2014 at 2:19 PM

Hello Joe and Kate and thank you for your comments. I would like to address Joe’s write up first then I will move on to Kate.

Joe since you wrote your article about Ayman, the dishonesty & plagiarism, he has since moved on to another company. I hired him as the manager of my company and had hoped that I made the right decision. Ayman did bring some good additions to the company and…. as we are all humans and make mistakes…. had made some poor judgment calls too. Since he has left the company we have made tremendous changes in our hiring process and company structure to ensure this type of thing never happens again.

Regarding Kevin, believe it or not he was a very nice guy though he had some issues in his past. Ayman hired him and I approved his hire but that is because I believe in second chances and that people can change for the better if they want to. Kevin also has moved on to other things since your write up and regarding our hiring practices now and moving forward, I will still evaluate any potential new staff with consideration to their past short comings, failures and follies assuming they show they have changed and are working hard to make a difference in their lives and the lives of the people around them.

Joe… in closing, I completely see where you are coming from, why you felt so frustrated with what you had heard and read since it was clearly your intellectual property and not that of Ayman who so irresponsibly took it from you. For that I genuinely apologize and hope you will accept my true, heart felt apology to you and your organization.

Now I would like to reach out to Kate…. Kate I understand your property may not be for sale right now and I would be happy to remove your address from our mailing list. If you don’t mind me asking, why is it that my letter upset you so much? Why not just throw it in the garbage like most people do with the majority of their other “junk mail” anyway? I appreciate constructive criticism and would love to hear from you and why you feel like the marketing piece you got looks “creepy”. If you would like me to remove your address from our list just send me an email to Michael@newmarketrealty.com and give me your address. I will send it to the marketing team and get you taken off the list so you won’t have to deal with another letter from me. Kate I appreciate you taking the time to write about us and let me know if there is anything I can do to help you further.

Thank you all for your feedback and have a wonderful day.

Best Regards,

Michael R. Kevorkian
Managing Broker / Owner
New Market Realty Inc.

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Joe Zekas September 22, 2014 at 3:13 PM

Michael,

Experience has taught me that most people don’t change for the better. Take you and your website as an example.

You have 8 agents listed on the “Meet our team” page on your site. According to the IDFPR database:

- Dean Matariyeh held a leasing student license that expired in May of 2012. There’s no record of any other license.

- LaRon McKinney’s license expired on April 30, 2014.

- Ryan Cybulski’s license is inoperative, i.e. not currently sponsored by New Market.

You’re the managing broker and have responsibility for what’s on your site.

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