Two prominent Northeast Ohio REALTORS were murdered in separate incidents recently, that are currently under investigation. Plus there was another incident that involved yet another Youngstown REALTOR that was held at gunpoint by three males for over an hour. Hard to believe there are those out there wanting to cause great harm to us - including death.
With deep sadness, below are the names of those murdered:
Andrew J. VonStein, with Cutler Real Estate Ravenna Office, was found dead inside a vacant property listed for sale in Portage County. According to news reports, the Portage County Sherriff's Office has ruled the death a homicide and is undergoing an extensive investigation.
Vivian Martin, broker-owner of Essence Realty from Youngstown and a member of the Youngstown Columbiana Association of REALTORS was also the victim of a violent homicide, where she was strangled and then the home set on fire. This case is also under investigation.
If you would like to read the one of the news articles, here is a link: http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2010-09-22-real-estate-agents-ohio_N.htm
Please use great caution and stay alert when showing properties, especially vacant homes or those in private, secluded areas. Safety first!
Information on safety measures specifically for REALTORS can be found on NAR's site at http://www.realtor.org/about_nar/safety.