Mimi Foster, Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor (Falcon Property Company)

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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Welcome to the club...I have seen many of our blogs plagiarized, whole and in pieces.  And in my experience Google does not do anything about it.  Yes, they have a department in name only.

I think the underlying cause is that there is so much "free" out there on the internet that people just help themselves to it.  They think it is research to copy directly another person's post.  A few years ago, Forbes wrote an article on the luxury real estate scene.  I had read it, and referred to it in a post with a link to the article.  A few months later, I found the Forbes article verbatim, attributed to 6 agents accross the country.   

Forbes did not bother to sue them.  Wy should you?  The amount of mental energy it takes to do that, in my opinion, is not worth it, let alone the dollars spent.  

PS.  I love the moniker "Top Real Estate Agent".  "My team did it!"  Lah Dee Dah!    A

Apr 21, 2016 01:16 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

I think what troubles me the most about all this is that the agent does not understand the difference between plagiarism and sharing a post on FB. I have Copyscape and it's posted to my signature with a stern warning to those who might snag my writings or photos (I had a new agent lift my stock photo recently and was madder than a wet cat - MLS is changing rules to address how out of control this gets with syndication). Nowadays, so many have forgotten (or never KNEW) that people MAKE A LIVING WRITING and not everything on the Internet is open source.
And now you know why I am reluctant to check the 'reblog'  button.

Apr 21, 2016 01:13 AM
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

Hi Mimi-I couldn't let it go, sounds like a big fat lie, love the "my people" part.

Apr 21, 2016 01:03 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Call her out.  Remind her that ignorance of the law is no excuse, and to get a handle on her staff.

Apr 20, 2016 11:33 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

do not drop it.... we all pay for our sins.... unless you're sitting high in heaven, girl, make an impression....forgiveness is fine, after she feels that she has been punished.... her answer was arrogant, in my never humble opinion.... kick her ass..... and it's HER responsibility to know what HER people are posting on HER site.... wtf.... now I'm cranked....

Apr 21, 2016 03:39 AM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Ugly scenario.  Unfortunately it happens all too often.   Thanks for bringing problem to the forefront.  I would wager a bet that the offenders still won't get the message.  

Apr 21, 2016 03:04 AM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

I find this irritating, too and it's happened many times to me as well.  I have also gotten "my web person (who I'm paying) did it."

I have someone a week or two ago from AR who did this, although she wrote an intro paragraph and linked to the post on AR and then proceeded to copy and past 2500 words of my content.  I gave her an alternative - keep your intro paragraph, link to my site w/ the original article and keep 2 paragraphs of mine.  Instead, she was rude and said I was the first to complain about this and she does all the time.  I couldn't believe it - she copied my content and then gets mad at me for being annoyed w/ her.  WTH?  Anyway, she took it down which is better.  I don't want to get penalized for dupe content, esp on an article getting over 7,000 clicks/month.

Then, I have some faceless person from another country w/ feed to my site, so everytime I write an article, this person copies it within 48 hrs.  When I have time, I will get my revenge and will try to get that whole site taken down!

Apr 21, 2016 02:12 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

I'm calling bullshit on that - they know exactly what they are doing. Keep nailing them publicly.  

Apr 21, 2016 01:36 AM
Liz Wallace
Century 21 Sherlock Homes - Rockville Centre, NY
Broker C21 Sherlock Homes, Rockville Centre, LI, N

I know that imitation is the highest form of flattery but that would make me crazy too.  I might respond but probably healthier for you to just drop it.

Apr 21, 2016 12:51 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

At least you GOT a response whereshe sorta acknowledges responsibility. Her team needs some learning about copyright laws

Apr 20, 2016 11:51 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Perhaps a statement in your signature to blog posts that "cautions" those that may be tempted to copy  and paste your original work against doing so?

Apr 20, 2016 11:48 PM
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
An offer you can't refuse!

Lenn Harley goes after these guys hammer and tongs. (and the woman knows how to handle a shotgun... so her hammer might be a touch different than the average).

At least she said "I'm sorry"... many of the times I find my stuff plagiarized, they just say "I found it on Google... it's fair game".

A lot depends on how much energy you want to put into going after her... depends on my day... sometimes I've got lots of energy... other times, if they just cooperate and take it down quickly... I let it go.

Apr 21, 2016 07:52 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I would respond... if you stay quiet the culprits continue their nasty habits. Don't let her deter you with her love, peace, health, and happiness message.

Apr 21, 2016 06:48 AM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

Good for you to pursuing it and not rolling over. We have found that getting in touch with the HOSTING COMPANY of the site that the stolen content is on and threatening THEM, does the trick.

Apr 21, 2016 06:23 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Besides this in Q & A, did A/R respond at all? BTW, nice system you have in place to have discoved this!

Apr 21, 2016 05:35 AM
Melissa Jackson REALTOR
Trinity Premier Properties - Azle, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

If she has a team taking care of her social sites / blogs they need to be educated.  She made excuses, I like that you shared their names & actions on your social media.  

Apr 21, 2016 04:59 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

That one I'd drop since they're taking it down.  I would ask if she uses a company to do her social and to get that company's name.  Then I'd give that company hell.

Apr 21, 2016 04:13 AM
Certified Mobile Notary Signing Agent - Smith Mountain Lake, VA
Highest Ranked Certified Mobile Notary in Virginia

Maybe someone, or their "team"; needs to be introduced to the functions of "reblog".   Oh well, drop it.

Consider it a compliment to you, Mimi Foster, that they liked your writings enough to steal them.

Apr 21, 2016 04:12 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

One of my posts got "re-blogged" with a call to action by the reblogger for HIS services. I have been disabling re-blogging, but that does not prevent plagiarism.

Apr 21, 2016 03:55 AM
Liz and Bill Spear
Transaction Alliance 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
Transaction Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

Mimi, It's another reason I'm not comfortable outsourcing my blogging or my social media.  And I've seen the "oh, someone one my team posted in my name" even here in the Rain.  The offenders should get two choices from you, either take it down or provide a CLEAR attribution that you are the author (similar to reblogging here).  Personally I'd just want it down, then move on. 

Apr 21, 2016 01:55 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

I'm curious how you discovered it, Mimi.  I had this happen to me once in the craziest way.  I got a call from a company soliciting me to "subscribe" to their site.  When I went to check it out, I discovered another subscribed agent from my town had stolen word-for-word a post from my website about Wenatchee.  You can bet I called them in a flash and corrected that little oversight!  Good luck!

Apr 21, 2016 12:13 AM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Accepting fault is a difficult thing to find these days Mimi. Some parts of the response just don't jive, "We shared it to be helpful" and "I think this got posted while I was out of the country." Then there's knowing about sharing on FB but not about your business page there. I'm just saying!

Apr 20, 2016 11:47 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Full accountability has been taken. In my world, that's as good as it gets

Apr 20, 2016 11:46 PM
Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTAcondos.com
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Apr 20, 2016 11:39 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

A sad excuse. Report violations.

Apr 21, 2016 11:18 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

That's sad, Mimi -- I'd likely move on.   

Apr 21, 2016 10:59 PM
Jessie Cochran
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Panama City Realty Group

Welcome to the internet - try using Copyscape - they will track your content and report it so you cna control it better.

Apr 21, 2016 10:26 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Mimi. It sucks when it happens, normally if it is something I spot, I will confront the person, but if I don't know, I just am not going to worry about it.

Apr 21, 2016 07:40 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Mimi Foster one needs to take responsibility (as Lou Ludwig would say.)

This email at least is an honest attempt to take care of the 'act' done by someone in the team.

Strike one. Let it go - with warning.

Apr 21, 2016 04:31 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@Properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

This happens a lot.  When people hire a company to provide content for the blogs on their web sites, this happens.  My guess is your on dozens at this point.

Apr 21, 2016 02:25 PM
Sharon Kowitz
Cary, NC Relocation Specialist ~ Buying or Selling

Don't we have a reblog button for that sort of thing? This is crazy, I can't believe the nerve of some people!

Apr 21, 2016 02:18 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

sometimes leaving a dead dog lie is best

Apr 21, 2016 12:57 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

This is the first that I have seen this, but with more people farming out their blogging to VA's it will probably get to be a larger problem.

Apr 21, 2016 10:56 AM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Pass the old buck, but watch these unoriginal thieves in the future. Respond, yes, tell her you will ask your attorney to take her off the mailing list for C & D Letters...for now!

Apr 21, 2016 10:28 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

It is clear that team leaders are letting their team members run amok with no leadership or instruction and not taking responsibility. 

Apr 21, 2016 10:16 AM
Stephanie & John Webb
Latte Stone Realty LLC - Albuquerque, NM
Stephanie Webb Co-Owner, Latte Stone Realty, LLC

I know it takes me a while to write a blog post so I am sure you spent quite a bit of time on yours. I am sorry this happened to you. 

Apr 21, 2016 10:12 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

It's your call, Mimi.  Though I'm not very impressed with their excuse.

Apr 21, 2016 05:13 AM
Shawn and Angela Miller
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Amabassador Real Estate - Lincoln, NE
Lincoln and Omaha, NE REALTORS®

I'm glad you found it!  The Internet is so vast!  I may start adding a fine print sentences at the end of my blogs about asking permission to repost or something along those lines.  I have some on my websites too.

Apr 21, 2016 05:01 AM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

I would count the cost and probably just put an announcement on Facebook and A R.

Apr 21, 2016 01:52 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

call them.

Apr 23, 2016 11:42 PM
Becca Rasmussen
HomeSmart Cherry Creek - Highlands Ranch, CO

Tough call. It shouldn't happen if everyone was held responsible and accountable for their own actions as well as those of people whom they pay to do stuff on their behalf. Sadly that's not the case and it becomes a matter of which gives YOU more heartburn -- warn then ignore or seek legal recourse or devising some middle ground you can live with. Good luck whichever way you choose to go!

Apr 22, 2016 02:17 AM
Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Group Valencia & Aliso Viejo

Cut and paste anything that I post, don't credit me, I don't care.  It is a compliment.

Apr 21, 2016 08:55 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Quit your crying.

If you want you can make a fuss to puff your self up or hire an attorney to make yourself look big or post pejorative commentary on social media...

and all that the nastiness that upholds the image of the vanity of the real estate agent.

Or, you can exhibit a mature understanding that folks (especially thieves) are lazy, anticipate they will want you leverage your words so simply made it more difficult to pass your work of at theirs. If your works is indistinguishable from others, you should just take your lumps and improve your writing skill...

or hire an attorney....geesh. 

But do what you want, just be aware, it makes you look SIMPLE and SMALL.

Apr 21, 2016 02:24 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

Hey, but health & happiness .....

See when you share or reblog, the author's name is not taken off the piece. You've had problems with this recently.

How are you finding this stuff if I could ask?

Apr 21, 2016 02:16 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

 Mimi, how do you find others are copying?   I know my posts are not as prolific, but would like to know.   This is sad others cannot write their own stuff!  

Apr 24, 2016 09:15 AM