The Only Problem Being a Real Estate Broker for Squatters Is That 6 Percent of Nothing Is Nothing


If this guy had been doing this in the Bowery in the 1970s, there would be whole punk operas (granted, lasting only six minutes total) written about him: 

Max Rameau delivers his sales pitch like a pro. "All tile floor!" he says during a recent showing. "And the living room, wow! It has great blinds."

But in nearly every other respect, he is unlike any real estate agent you've ever met. He is unshaven, drives a beat-up car and wears grungy cut-off sweat pants. He also breaks into the homes he shows. And his clients don't have a dime for a down payment.

Rameau is an activist who has been executing a bailout plan of his own around Miami's empty streets: He is helping homeless people illegally move into foreclosed homes.

"We're matching homeless people with people-less homes," he said with a grin.

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Hat tip: Michelle Shinghal