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Chicago Association of Realtors continues to promote ethics violations

Chicago Association of Realtors screen cap

A week ago we wondered whether the Chicago Association of Realtors (CAR) was fostering trademark fraud. CAR has since removed the offending use of the federal registered trademark symbol from the web page we questioned. In that week-ago post we mentioned that we had previously questioned what we called CAR’s “cavalier attitude toward the misuse ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 15, 2012

Is Ginger Summers the Chicago Association of Realtors’ poster child?

We’ve written before about a rental service bedbug by the name of Ginger Summers who litters Craigslist with 1,000s of ads. A number of those ads are bait-and-switch come-ons touting rents that simply don’t exist, as you’ll discover if you’re foolish enough to contact Rent Proactive’s Ginger Summers. Ginger Summers is a member of the ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 3, 2011

A follow-up on ethics and the CAR Board

Chicago Agent Magazine followed up on our questioning of the Chicago Association of Realtors (“CAR”) commitment to the standards of professionalism set forth in the Realtor Code of Ethics by interviewing the two individuals mentioned in our post. Mabel Guzman, President of the CAR Board of Directors, and Director Matt Silver of @properties both pleaded ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 4, 2011

What does CAR mean by “resolved?”

Our post last week questioning the Chicago Association of Realtors (“CAR”) commitment to the NAR Code of Ethics apparently prompted an e-mail to agents, from which I quote: Late last week, it was brought to our attention that two members of our board of directors had Accredited Buyer Representation (sic) (ABR®) designations that had expired ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 3, 2011