The Mind of a Real Estate Agent
As I sat at my desk unwinding from a long day out on the road, I was perusing Facebook. It only took five minutes for a news story about suspected terrorists arrested in Northern Virginia to show up in my feed. The photo accompanying the story showed police taking evidence from a townhouse.
Where does the mind of a real estate agent go? They assess the style of the townhouse, whether or not it has a garage and where it may be located. Before I read the story I had two or three communities in my local market in mind based solely on the photo of the townhouse. Mind you, my local market is about three towns in one county vs. the three counties and multiple municipalities that make up "Northern Virginia."
The article was of no use. It tells me nothing about where the suspects lived. So what does a real estate agent do next? Goes back to the picture and finds a street address, does a search in the tax records and pulls the short list of where this photo could have been taken.
Of course, the journalist in me realizes this could be file footage, so I lose most of my interest. Doesn't stop me from my MLS investigation. I am still able with those few clues about the larger area location, approximate size and street number to narrow it down to about four townhouses, and by cross referencing to listing photos, I find the one.
This real estate agent is satisfied. Years of answering phone calls from in-bound callers on floor duty, describing a property that I would have to find with very few clues has paid off. I know where that photo was taken. And THAT is the totality of what I know. Who knows when or why that photo was taken.