Man, 84, buys a Virginia home sight unseen, then kills real estate agent and himself
Albert Baglione, 84, was seen wandering the cul-de-sac where it was located shortly after arriving at the small, single-story house in Portsmouth, Virginia that he reportedly bought "sight unseen."
Shane, whos lived in the house next door for more than 25 years and requested to be identified only by his first name, said he seemed a little off. He just seemed to be out of it, says the widower.
That was last Thursday. Shane's new neighbor was the next day, when he saw Baglione loading his belongings from a U-Haul moving truck in the driveway of the Bolling Road home.
Baglione was found dead inside the hospital a few hours later. So was his real estate agent, Soren Arn-Oelschlegal, 41, of Norfolk. Baglione is believed to have killed Arn-Oelschlegal before turning the gun on himself, according to a police release.
Police were called to the house in the Shea Farms area about 6 p.m. Friday night According to a release, Baglione had armed himself and told police hed killed his Realtor when they spoke to him.
Baglione closed the door to his house and the officers heard a gunshot. Baglione and Arn-Oelschlegal were found dead when SWAT team officers arrived.
Shane, the next door neighbor, said he spoke to Bagliones son afterward. The son said his father had moved from Alabama and bought the house sight unseen after finding it on an online listing. He paid cash and didnt see it in person until after he closed the deal.
Baglione's home state of Alabama was unknown.
The 750-square-foot home, which is said to have been purchased Oct. 4 for $160,000, was originally built in 2008.
Bagliones agent was Arn-Oelschlegal, a longtime agent with Long & Foster Real Estate in Suffolk. The next day, Oct. 5, he posted about the sale on his professional Facebook page.
Congratulations to my out of town buyer, read the post. Im so happy that I was able to find him a home that suited his needs, she said.
Shane claims Baglione called his son and told him he was frustrated with the house when a second day later. Bagliones son was not found, and The Pilot was unable to locate him.
Shane said that the product didn't look the same as in the photos. He told his son he was unhappy and that if i had any questions, a lawyer would contact him.
Arn-Oelschlegal's ties to the real estate communities in the Outer Banks and Hampton Roads date back to his childhood. B.J. Oelschlegal's mother, BJ, runs Ocacroke Lightship Realty in Ocracoke, NC, while his father worked as a contractor and runs he home-inspection business.
Soren Oelschlegal was just eight years old when he first met him, according to Ruth Fordon, an agent at Lightship Realty who has worked with his mother for decades and first became acquainted with him when Oelchlog was about 8 years young.
He used to come here (to the real estate office) after school and do his homework, Fordon said. Soren enjoyed tagging along with his mother whenever she had a house to show.
Fordon added, He was a natural. He had the right personality for the job and people trusted him, said the company.
Arn-Oelschlegal was dedicated to his work and always went the extra mile to please his clients, she added. Fordon stated, He was very professional and well respected by his colleagues.
Hampton Roads Pride and other LGBTQ organizations in the area were also active, according to Rudy Almanzor, the president of Hampton Rivers pride.
Almanzor described him as a person who always had a smile on his face, was always laughing, and was full of energy. I never saw him unhappy, says Hector.
Long & Foster released a statement on Wednesday praising Arn-Oelschlegal for his work and offering condolences to his family and friends. Grief counseling is being offered to his team members, according to the release.
At 3 p.m., Arn-Oelschlegal will be remembered. Saturday at Altmeyer Funeral Homes Southside Chapel in Virginia Beach, the South Side Chapel is open to the public. The service will be streamed live. At 7 p.m., a candlelight vigil will be held. Thursday, outside The Wave club on Colley Avenue in Norfolk, the club is open for business.
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