Well, I just ran across an article on Digg that was an uh...unusual type of real estate news.
Seems that a 40ish Realtor in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida is divorced with kids and not doing so well in her chosen career...despite the California blonde look and size 36 DDD chest that genetics would be hard pressed to duplicate. I know the real estate sales are a bit slow in Florida, but this about takes the cake.
According to ABC News, she's got an ad on Ebay and Craigslist to sell her house, along with herself as part of the furniture. In true Ebay style, the auction is complete with suggestive photos of the agent, the house, and two teenaged daughters that one might wonder about.
She writes in the ad that the buyer will live a "never-ending dream of real love and romance with the vibrant, outstanding woman of his dreams." No pushing and shoving, now guys. Everyone can apply.
Oh, and as an aside, the house is a 4 bedroom, 2000 sq.ft. deal with neutral colors and Berber carpet.
I guess if you can't sell real estate the traditional way, it can pay to add some sex in the deal for added marketing potential. In fact, mixed in the 600-plus Realtor "friends" I have on MySpace, about a third of the women look like strippers or ex-strippers. They have photos of themselves in bikinis, mini-skirts, lingerie, you name it. Have ya'll noticed that?
The Ebay auction hasn't gotten any bidders yet despite a starting bid of only 99 cents. Must be the shipping cost of $500K that is limiting the interested bidders. The article does go on to say that she's got some guy from Italy flying in to meet her though...Leave it to an Italian stallion to help a damsel in distress.
I have to say that this real estate crisis is frightening. If the agents are getting this desperate, (or would that be the BUYER who is desperate?) they might start including their beloved pets in the sale too. The thought of seeing pictures of a terrified and embarrassed persian cat in the nude makes me want to beg Donald Trump to help.
The Myrtle Beach real estate market is not quite that bad, and in fact prices are starting to rise again. If you have been waiting to buy that cheap oceanfront property, don't wait much longer! We unfortunately have an over-abundance of topless bars here that the city would love to shut down, and could be the next place that Digg makes famous for unique real estate marketing. It could make our prices shoot to the moon.