Anyone who’s tried using the Internet to rent a Boston apartment knows it’s a cesspool of scams and fake listings. But Kelly Kane found out that con artists are getting aggressive and vindictive. After she called out a would-be con artist on a fake ad, her cell phone number was plastered as the contact across hundreds of ads on Trulia, a real estate website recently acquired by Zillow. Kane’s phone was ringing off the hook for more than 24 hours before she was able to get the bogus listings pulled down.

Kane, who started actively looking for an apartment in Massachusetts after the ceiling in her current pad collapsed, didn’t need the extra frustration.

Kane spent enormous amount of time trying to reach Trulia, even Tweeting at the firm several times

Scams on real estate listings are nothing new, of course. Craigslist has been plagued with them for years, and Trulia’s own website contains multiple warnings about listings that take would-be renters or buyers for a ride.

Hassling consumers by posting their cell phone numbers on fake ads, effectively causing a denial of service attack on apartment-hunters’ phones, is a new level of cruel, however

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John Ford
John Ford

Over the course of 20 years in the Boston downtown real estate market, John represented and sold numerous, condominiums, investment and development properties in Greater Boston and in the surrounding suburbs

In addition to representing Boston condo buyers and sellers, John is currently one of the most recognized Boston condo blog writers regarding Boston condominiums and residential real estate markets. John's insights and observations about the Boston condo market have been seen in a wide variety of the most established local & national media outlets including; Banker and Tradesman, Boston Magazine The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and NewsWeek and Fortune magazine, among others.


For over 24 years, John Ford, of Ford Realty Inc., has been actively involved in the real estate industry. He started his career in commercial real estate with a national firm Spaulding & Slye and quickly realized that he had a passion for residential properties. In 1999, John entered the residential real estate market, and in 2000 John Started his own firm Ford Realty Inc. As a broker, his clients have come to love his fun, vivacious, and friendly attitude. He prides himself on bringing honesty and integrity to the entire home buying and selling process. In addition to helping buyers and sellers, he also works with rental clients. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new Boston condo or rent an apartment, you’ll quickly learn why John has a 97% closing rate.


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John Ford and his staff can be reached at 617-595-3712 or 617-720-5454. Please feel free to stop by John's Boston Beacon Hill office located at 137 Charles Street.

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