Are Real Estate Agents different than everyone else?

Real Estate Agent with Realty Professionals, Inc.

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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Comments (7)

Robert May
Robert W May - Lethbridge Real Estate - Lethbridge, AB
Real estate consulting

Seems Realtors make easy targets in any story having to do with the economic housing crisis.

Jan 09, 2009 01:57 AM
Tony & Darcy Cannon
Aubrey and Associates Realty - Layton, UT
The C Team

Not as news worthy to say that butcher, baker or candlestick maker did something like that.

Jan 09, 2009 02:08 AM
Paul Silver
Tiverton, RI
Rhode Island full service real estate firm

I guess everyone, no matter what their job, is susceptible to bad economic times... sad that they would single out the real estate agent though...

Jan 09, 2009 02:15 AM
Goodbye Active Rain
Out of Real Estate

I need to ask,

Why not move forward in your life in a psoitive manner instead of conintuing to be part of the problem?

Jan 09, 2009 03:04 AM
RE/MAX Advantage Realtors, Searcy, AR - Searcy, AR


That was really a sad situation.  Times are hard for a lot of people!

Jan 09, 2009 04:46 AM
Larry DeGroat
Realty Professionals, Inc. - Searcy, AR
ABR, CRS, e-PRO, GRI in Searcy

Robert: Yes, we do get blamed for alot and then when one messes up, it reflects that way on all of us.

The C Team:  I was curious on who he was haning out with.

RI Real Estate:  It does affect everyone and that's all I was trying to say.  Do not focus on it being an agent.

Tony Toto:  It is sad but I don't know what his circumstances are. I would be curios to know who the others were.  Maybe the other 4 were bankers.

Mary: It is very sad.  But it also can be dangerous.

Jan 09, 2009 05:01 AM
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

That was an interesting story and the house looked a lot like the foreclosures we find.  The problem I see here is that they just wanted to find a place to live and they'll end up in jail.  Then look at the guy who did the ponzi scheme who is still free.  Big time fraud doesn't get as harsh treatment as small time law-breakers.

Jan 09, 2009 06:39 AM