After reading about Vito Simone, head of the Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors, and his bankruptcy filing in the Baltimore Sun, we figured there had to be more to this story.

What we found was a stack of court cases dating back to the 1990s — most of which showed a pattern of failing to pay contractors, failing to maintain property in a manner that is fit for human habitation, foreclosure, and failing to register rental property. Mr Simone was sued multiple times by the city over his properties’ condition. Frankly, we don’t understand how he was able to keep his real estate license with the number of property offenses he’s committed — thankfully it looks as though he no longer has a license.  Update:  Unfortunately, we were incorrect in saying that it looks as though Mr. Simone no longer has a valid real estate license. He has not only one, but two.  With that said, we do hope that the state licensing board makes the right decision regarding Mr. Simone’s license — especially given his questionable business practices and disregard for the health and well being of others.

It’s this kind of scenario that allows for the current conditions of blighted areas in this city.  No checks and balances, no controls in place, and no accountability.  Hopefully this will serve as a wake-up call to the folks in charge.