Unreal Estate: Bulgarian Models Victims of Voyeur Webcam

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Each week, AOL Real Estate probes the corners of the Web to bring you offbeat dispatches from the world of real estate. This week brought word of two curious crimes against tenants and reports of bizarre-as-heck things you can purchase -- like towns, prisons and summer camps.


Looks like the ogling which buffalo-wings waitresses endure at work can follow them home -- and inside of it. Two Bulgarian models living in Hillsborough County, Fla., who work at "Wing House" (some "Wing House girls" are pictured above) were appalled to find hidden cameras in their apartment Monday, according to the St. Petersburg Times. The two roommates found the cameras in fake motion sensors and smoke alarms which were connected to a WiFi device, along with other electronics, stored behind a locked closet. The Sheriff's office, who told Bay News 9 it is investigating a "video-voyeur case," has so far not named any suspects.

While that hapless pair fell victim to an unusual plot, another woman suffered a more commonplace crime -- albeit in a novel context -- when she was robbed of pretty much everything after renting her apartment to an unknown guest. Tech Crunch reports that the woman used Airbnb, a company which helps tenants rent their apartments out as hotels, to rent to an unknown guest. At first pleased by the prospect of making a few bucks while away, she had a change of heart about Airbnb when she returned: The "guest" -- or team of guests -- had stolen all her valuables, including those stashed in a safe. Airbnb, perhaps the first company of its kind, now faces a credibility crisis as critics question whether it properly vets its users.

But one industry's crisis can sometimes be another's medicine. Take the case of some TV networks who stand to profit off the real estate slump with soon-to-debut TV shows focused on opportunities arising from foreclosed homes. The Wall Street Journal reports that house-oriented shows have adapted to the times by cashing in on entertainment angles offered by rampant foreclosures.

Perhaps TV networks could also benefit from turning their eyes toward a few other buying opportunities. This week brought reports of a mishmash of odd lots for sale. First news broke that Scenic, S.D., -- the entire town -- was going on sale for $800,000, down from its previous ask of $3 million. Then there was word from Business Insider that a prison in Littlefield, Texas would sell to the highest bidder, with the bidding starting at $5 million. And, finally, The Wall Street Journal reported that a former summer camp (previously listed at $6.5 million) would also sell at auction.

Also see:
Why Buy a House When You Can Own a Town?

Protesters 'Liberate' Foreclosed Homes

The Most-Expensive Bank-Owned Home in America



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