- A strangled Vivian Martin, 67, was found dead on the kitchen floor of a burning home she showed in Youngstown.
- A real-estate agent who showed an apartment to a pair of brothers in nearby Boardman Township was robbed!
- Near Kent State University, the body of 51-year-old Andrew VonStein, who had been shot once, was found in a vacant ranch-style house he was trying to sell.
There ain't no housing hilarity to this! Realtors are being slain across the country. It's an epidemic! RisMedia reports: 2 real-estate agents recently were killed in vacant homes for sale, & another was robbed....all within 1 week! Yikes!
This building in the Shanxi Province of China was built under a freeway 15 yrs ago. How that happens, I dunno! How did it bypass permits, assessment, appraisals, building codes, liability,...oh, wait, it's China. Minor details!
On the bright side, the government now has deemed it unsafe & will demolish it. The current denizens are being re-located somewhere hopefully less precarious. Perhaps by a railroad station, airport runway or military firing range? Anything is a step up from this disaster waiting to happen!
Read more here at M.I.C.
Now, just for kicks, how would a real estate agent market a place like this?
My friend Mark Gonzales of Keller Williams (and Realtor Magazine's 30 Under 30) posted this on his facebook:
"AGENT ALERT!! A male, identifying himself as Mr. Bunch, has been calling female agents, who have listings in the newspaper using their photo, requesting that they meet him at a vacant property or a parking lot, primarily in the Chatsworth/Canoga Park (Los Angeles). This man is known to the police to use several aliases. All agents should be alert to this type of request and be especially careful when meeting clients at vacant properties. If you have had this request, please notify the Association at 818-947-2252."
It's time to review my Open House Safety Tips for realtors! Watch, laugh, learn!
How to keep your open house from becoming a crime scene!
Aunty Herman sports a bullet proof vest for clients!