My conversation with him was somewhat pleasant until he mentioned that ultimately it came down to his decision on renting my family the home and that he did not want to rent to a person who was self employed, this is acceptable and I understood completely what he explained to me.
What did shock me was that one of his agent's a Kathleen Cracraft, had assured & guaranteed that the house was mine to rent. She never returned calls, insisted that the owners of the home were out of tow so she had to check with them and much more b/s that told me that she had a problem with me or my family living there. She had told me that this application was more of a formality but that she would hand us the keys to the home "On Monday" so we could move in.
This was on a Thursday so I thought "hey atleast that's out of the way," but I was wrong, I called the agent Kathleen Cracraft on Monday November 10th and she told me that I had to call her boss Van Mamula for information on the application, this seemed odd since I had already given her a deposit for the home and she had assured me that we would have the keys to the house on Monday afternoon. After receiving the news she had nothing to tell me but sorry.
The reason for this review was to highlight the more negative part of this experience with Beka Property Management and its agent Kathleen Cracraft. When she showed my family the home she initially wanted to know if we were of Hispanic descent and what would occur when we were pulled over driving without a valid license (referring to my family living illegally in the USA thus not having a valid drivers license). From what I recall the exact words were "What happens to you people when you get pulled over?". Im not sure what this meant, or exactly what she was thinking of when she asked this question but my wife and I were both born in the United States and as a newlywed couple we were looking for a place to rent closer to my family. I certainly do not tolerate racism or any sort of discrimination and I am glad that we are going with another company that follows the Fair Housing Act of 1968 that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin.
You on the other hand, have shown class in asking for advice rather than getting on the phone and immediately reporting her, bravo.
1. Minimally, you can report her to her broker.
2. Or can report her to LIBOR, (The Long Island Board of Realtors), we take this very seriously.
3. Finally, this hyperlink will take you to the NY Dept. of States "Preliminary Statement of Complaint:" http://www.dos.ny.gov/licensing/complaint.html
Personally, as a Licensed Real Estate Broker and Owner for 25 years, I'd do all three.
Copy and Paste this link, it will take you to "Rentals in Valley Stream, NY between $1000 & $3000 dollars. http://www.realtor.com/homesforrent/Valley-Stream_NY/beds-3/
Good luck in you search for an apartment, deal with an ABR* or CBR, (buyer/tenant representatives), they represent "you" and "your best interest."
Bill Bodouva, ABR* Lic. R.E. Broker: Port Washington, Sands Point, Manhasset and Plandome areas.
Sorry you had this experience. When it comes to real estate agents, this person is the exception, not the rule.
I have news for you Realtor lady - I have lived in my two bedroom house for over 5 years now and before that I rented a townhome and both of landlords previous and current would give stellar references as they have never had a problem out of me.
As an HR professional working on an MBA I found your comments to be uneducated, unwarranted, and offensive towards my African American culture of which you know nothing about. You are out of date with your facts and should probably look up some new details or better yet check out who is in the White House - African Americans - there is more to us than what you've read thus far. SHAME ON YOU!!!