And The Secret Lives of Real Estate Contest Winner Is…

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… Paul May!

Congratulations to Paul May, broker of Keller Williams Southwest in Las Vegas for winning the REAL Trends Secret Lives of Real Estate Sweepstakes!

Paul May has been in real estate for 14 years and became a broker seven years ago. “I now specialize in selling bank-owned homes and negotiate short sales for sellers here in Las Vegas,” he says. REAL Trends spoke to May about his craziest transaction and his secret life. Here’s what he had to say:

RT: What’s your craziest transaction?

PM: I was working as an REO (bank-owned) listing agent. At one property, I posted a notice on the door to notify any occupants that they needed to call me and work out receiving relocation money for a transition out of the home. Soon after, a man contacted me stating he was the tenant.
We filled out paperwork, and he was due to get a $3,500 check. Shortly after that, I received a call from the bank that the homeowner was irate. She was being harassed, and someone was trying to force her to vacate the property.
I informed the bank that the only person I had been in contact with was a tenant. I got the number of the homeowner and, sure enough, she was still living there. The man I met was pretending to be a tenant, so he could get the money.

Here’s where I turned from real estate agent to secret agent. I emailed the tenant that I was not going to make the meeting with him at the home on the agreed upon date due to a family emergency. Instead, I asked him to meet my assistant at the office. My assistant would give him the check and collect the key and a signed form. I told him I would check the vacancy of the home upon my return. Of course, my assistant was an undercover police officer. The tenant showed up, signed a release form, gave my assistant the key and was promptly put under arrest for fraud.
The man plead guilty. I want to add to my resume that, in addition to being an expert in real estate, I know how to conduct sting operations, as well!

RT: Tell us about your luckiest residential real estate transaction.

PM: On Christmas weekend a few years ago, I got a call from an out-of-state real estate agent to show one of my listings to the agent’s buyer. She was pretty vague about her client but said if the buyer liked the home, we would need to conduct a five-day closing. I was intrigued. The buyer turned out to be Floyd Mayweather, the famous boxer. He had just won a big fight. He liked the house, and the rest is history.

 

RT: What is your secret life?

PM: I started my Las Vegas journey as a singer on the Las Vegas Strip at shows such as Folies Bergère at the Tropicana and EFX at the MGM Grand Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. I started selling homes to performers and friends back in 1995 and grew to love selling real estate.

Paul won an all-expenses paid trip to Denver, Colorado, home of REAL Trends. Check back for more on Paul’s singing career and his fascinating secret life in a future issue of LORE magazine.

 

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After earning her bachelor’s degree in journalism at the University of Central Florida, Tracey set out in the real world at Florida Realtors in 1994 as a communication assistant, working her way up to editor in chief of Florida Realtor magazine. In 2004, she left the association to start her freelance writing and editing business. One of her first clients was REAL Trends, and she started working for the organization in 2005. In 2014, Tracey was promoted to editor in chief of publications for REAL Trends. She handles the writing and editing of all REAL Trends publications and marketing materials, including LORE Magazine, the REAL Trends newsletter and the blog. She is also the primary podcast interviewer where she conducts interviews with top real estate industry leaders and affiliated industry leaders. Tracey is married with two children.

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