A real estate developer’s strategy for dealing with the online harassment he or she encounters is simple: just avoid it.
“I don’t feel like it’s going to impact our business,” said Robert Corcoran, owner of Portland Real Estate, which sells real estate in Portland, Oregon, and other major markets in the United States.
“There are a lot of real estate developers that have built businesses in the past, but the thing that they have to worry about is not the negativity, but how to get the message out to the public and to the buyers that our business is real and is based on quality.
If the negativity is that we’re not real, I don’t know that I would be willing to go there.”
Corcoran has become the target of fake news after a spate of articles on his company’s website and social media posts about his business.
Many of the articles were posted without any sourcing.
Some articles contained unsubstantiated claims about Corcorans business and, in one instance, the business was forced to cancel a planned event due to threats.
One of the threats Corcorancans said he received was that a real estate agent from the real estate blog Property Insights was going to come to the company’s headquarters and threaten to put Corcorants family out of business if Corcoranns company didn’t immediately cancel the event.
Corcorans response to the threats?
“We don’t have to be worried about what anybody thinks,” he said.
“If we have to shut down, we’re going to shut it down.”
Real estate is a hot-button topic on social media as a result of the fake-news craze, with many people posting images and videos of their properties in various states of disrepair or crumbling.
CorCorcorants business was affected in some instances by the false information circulating online.
A woman who went by the name “Kathy,” a former real estate broker, posted a story on the company website about her home being in foreclosure, a claim that Corcorant confirmed.
Kathy posted a photo of the home she shared on her personal blog, listing several reasons why the house was in foreclosure.
“The house is in need of serious repairs, including roof replacement and a new basement,” she wrote.
Corborans website was also the site of a post on April 1, 2016, about a home being sold at auction and another posting on May 17, 2016.
The two articles referenced the same person, with both posts referencing the same seller.
One article, titled “This home needs major repair,” claimed the home was listed for $5 million.
Another article, entitled “This house needs major repairs,” claimed it was listed at $8.5 million, and another, titled, “This family needs major work on this house,” claimed $6 million.
Corporations website has also been the target by a number of individuals, including one person who posted on April 11, 2016 on a Facebook page dedicated to promoting a website for Corcoranches real estate properties called “Corcorancancancans real estate.”
The person who commented on the page also posted a link to Corcoracan’s site.
One person who claimed to have purchased Corcorancies properties posted on a CorcorANCancans website that the listing on the website was inaccurate.
Corcorandans real property was listed as being $1.2 million, which was false, the person said in a Facebook post.
Cor Corcoratans website has since been updated to remove the incorrect listing and to make clear that the sale is not in foreclosure and that the family will be receiving the needed repairs.
The person who made the false claims on Corcoranceans website also claimed that Cororancans family had already received the necessary work on the home.
In addition to CorCoran’s businesses, Corcoranzas parent company, Portland Real estate, is a real-estate developer that sells and manages many properties in Portland and elsewhere.
CorCorancans main customer is the Portland Trail Blazers, who have leased the Corcoranca property for years.
Portland Trail Blazers owner Joe Lacob has been vocal about his disdain for fake news.
In March, he announced that he would shut down all of Corcoratics websites and Facebook pages that contained fake news content.
The Portland TrailBlazers are owned by the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners, which owns Portland Trailblazers.
Portland’s public officials have also expressed concerns about fake news in their posts.
In November, for example, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said he believed the internet was a better medium for public discourse than print media.
“You can put on a story and people will read it