I was sent an e-mail from a friend this morning about a foreclosed house in Phoenix and five people were arrested. This was the headline "FOX 10 Exclusive: Real Estate Agent Loses Job; Sleeps in Foreclosed Home" I went ahead and went to the site (click here to see) to see what he sent me.
The person that sent that to me was joking with me because we ran into each other the other day at McDonald's. We visited while eating lunch and we talked about how business was doing. As it is everywhere else, things are a little slow right now and it does have some to do with the economy and a lot to do that this is the time of the year we normally have a slow down. Anyway, we were joking that this is why we were eating there, because it is less expensive. Again, it was all in fun with him on this e-mail and I do not find fault with him.
As far as the reporting side of it, I did take a little offense to the report. It was good reporting that this is a concern that people are moving into empty foreclosures and you need to pay attention to any activity around it. I even blogged about a foreclosure I had that someone ripped all of the copper out of it. These CAN be dangerous people. If they feel threatened, there is no telling what could happen, as you would also. I am working on one right now that has no utilities and there is a bunch of trash and some good items left in it. I went into the bedroom and there was a mattress laying on the floor and it got my heart pumping just a little faster. I had some protection but it still gets you peaking around the corner before entering further.
Anyway, the report was good and then I felt they had to ruin it at the end of the report as well as titleing the report. "FOX 10 Exclusive: Real Estate Agent Loses Job; Sleeps in Foreclosed Home"there was more to this story than this. After the news story video was done, the anchor finished with "one of the five men was a real estate agent that lost his job." They didn't say what the other four guys did. The economy and the real estate industry has affected everyone and real estate agents are susceptible to these same conditions as others are. This house wasn't even his house. I think if it had been the agents house then they could of tagged it this way but he was just one of the five men sleeping there.
Well, I got that out of my system. Really though, this is a very good story and we all need to be tuned into our surroundings. How many times do you go into a vacant house alone or withe people you don't really know. Be safe out there!
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