Real estate professionals are on edge and in shock in Portsmouth, Va., from the news of a real estate agent in the community who was shot and killed by his home buyer client.
Home buyer Albert Baglione, 84, had just moved into his new home in Portsmouth. He had purchased the house sight unseen from Alabama and moved in last Thursday. The next day, he called his real estate agent asking to “return the house,” a neighbor told local WTKR-News 3.
Soren Arn-Oelschlegel, 41, a real estate professional with Long & Foster in Suffolk, Va., arrived at the house to talk with the man about his concerns. The conversation turned deadly.
Police were later called to the home, where police say that Baglione admitted to them that he killed Arn-Oelsclegel.
After Baglione spoke to police from his doorstep, he quickly shut the door to his home and then a gunshot rang out. Baglione took his own life, according to police reports. Police later found An-Oelschlegel inside the home with a fatal gunshot wound.
Colleagues and friends remembered Arn-Oelschlegel as a REALTOR® immersed in his community. He was a member of the LGBTQ nonprofit Hampton Roads Pride for more than a decade. “He always had tons of energy,” Rudy Almanazor, president of Hampton Roads Pride, told WTKR-News 3. “I never saw him not smiling, laughing, and wanting to have fun. He worked hard, played hard.”
The Outer Banks Association of REALTORS® posted the following message on its site: “It really gives you pause when a tragedy happens so close to home. The shocking news of a 41-year-old REALTOR® being shot and killed by his buyer is unreal.”