Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Good News Realty

From the Miami Herald comes a story of a realtor-team who decided the bursting bubble was more than they could handle:

Police: Couple died in a murder-suicide

Husband-and-wife owners of Good News Realty, Jose and Amarilys Lopez, vanished on Thursday.

Four days later, a police helicopter spotted three distinct shapes in the vast, thick brush north of Key Largo.

One was the couple's white Toyota minivan.

The other two were bodies, sprawled on the soil, shot to death just feet away.

Miami-Dade police said late Monday that the case was a murder-suicide. Jose, 42, shot Amy, 31, then turned the gun on himself.

Now family and friends are trying to grapple with ``Why?''

Jose Lopez had been a licensed real-estate broker since 1988; Amy since 2002. Together they opened Good News Realty, 20527 Old Cutler Rd., last year.

The two had bought and sold several residential parcels in recent years.

They bought a house in Key Largo in August 2001, taking out a $450,000 line of credit, and showed it to a prospective buyer Thursday morning.

At the time of their deaths they owned three additional homes and a parcel of property in Marion County.

In November, they sold two residences they had purchased in 2005, earning $192,000 in profit
on the two deals, county records show.

It was not clear why they were selling the Key Largo home, at 271 Anne Bonny Dr.
On Wednesday night, Jose Lopez was seen at that house, neighbors told Monroe County deputies.

On Thursday, family members said they spoke to the couple by phone: They said they were on their way home.

They never showed up.

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