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ONE of Exeter's best known estate agents has been found dead at his home in Whitestone, just outside the city.

Gerald Probert, 61, was discovered in the bedroom of the property. A police spokesman said they were not treating the death as suspicious.

Sources have told the Echo that four letters were found with the body and it is understood the house was rented.

Mr Probert, who had two sons, was one of Exeter's longest established estate agents, having operated in the city for 44 years.

Last month Probert's, one of Exeter's few independent estate agents, went into receivership.

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At the time, Mr Probert said sales were dropping off and the premises in Paris Street were not sustainable.

But he stressed he still believed there was a future in the industry as he said he would be setting up a less traditional business, using the internet more.

Later the same month an industrial tribunal in Exeter awarded nearly £30,000 to an estate agent who said she was driven out of her job by Mr Probert's sexist remarks.

Julie Reed, 27, said she was so stressed by Mr Probert's behaviour her depression became worse.

Mr Probert did not attend the tribunal in Exeter where Miss Reed claimed unfair dismissal, unpaid wages and sexual discrimination.

She was awarded a total of £28,900.99 damages with £3,055 costs against Mr Probert personally.

Police were alerted to Mr Probert's home by a neighbour at 1.10pm on Wednesday. When officers entered the property, they found Mr Probert's body in the bedroom. Police examined and photographed the scene.

Simon Cooper, who is chairman of the Exeter Estate Agents' Association and runs Stags in the city, said: “Mr Probert was well-known and his business well-established. He was a character in the estate agents' world and he will be missed.”

Derek Phillips, chairman of Exeter Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said: “Gerald Probert was a real character and very much an independent. This is very sad news and I am sure he will be sadly missed.”

When informed of the death, Miss Reed, through her solicitor Terry Falcoe, of Stone & Co, issued the following statement: “Miss Reed is clearly upset about Mr Probert and her thoughts are entirely with his family at this sad time.

“Until all the facts emerge, Julie does not feel it appropriate to make any further comment.”

Mr Probert set up his own estate agent's practice at the end of 1974.

He had arrived in Exeter as a nine-year-old and attended Ladysmith and Hele's schools.

He represented his schools at football, basketball, tennis and rugby and played with Exeter Rugby Club.

Speaking to the Echo last month, Mr Probert had told the Echo of his hopes for his new business. He was also a fierce critic of the introduction of Home Information Packs, claiming they damaged the industry.

http://www.thisisexeter.co.uk/news/Estate-...il/article.html

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Not a nice story & not something any of us here will gain any satisfaction from.

But I can't help wondering, what have these estate agents been doing with all the cash that's been pouring in these last few years?!

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This seemed like an odd thing to say, particularly at the top of the article:

Sources have told the Echo that four letters were found with the body and it is understood the house was rented.

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This seemed like an odd thing to say, particularly at the top of the article:

Sadly, there are still a great many people in this country who think that anyone who is not a home 'owner' and who rents is either a scumbag, poor, bankrupt, about to be bankrupt, lower on the social pecking order, etc, etc.

Many people simply do not 'get it' yet and are, IMPO, unable to comprehend that those who rent are better than those weighed down by a huge mortgage in a falling market.

IMPO, it also smacks of poor and distasteful reporting. You know the kind of thing when, for example, a woman who is a prostitute is murdered and forever afterwards whenever her name is mentioned in print or on the airwaves the word 'prostitute' is forever mentioned hand in hand with her name.

I personally think it is no different from the bully mentality where bullies like to pick on and think that there is someone below them in the pecking order - someone whose life is cr appier than their own - and so they go for a perceived weakeness in another Human Being. Pathetic IMPO.

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Tragic. It is a terrible thing when a Human Being feels that the only way out is to take his or her own life. God bless.

Agreed TMT...this sad event certainly puts things into perspective.

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Sadly, there are still a great many people in this country who think that anyone who is not a home 'owner' and who rents is either a scumbag, poor, bankrupt, about to be bankrupt, lower on the social pecking order, etc, etc.

I thought they were just pointing out the irony.

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We are all victims in this tragedy whose script is written for us and to which we must dance on the stage to unseen strings until eventually we exit.

But the saddest part of all is that the puppet-masters have us fighting each other instead of looking towards them as our true enemies.

I have seen all the below arguments presented on here of late....

"It's the fault of BTL scum"

"It's the fault of EAs"

"It's the fault of chavs"

"It's the fault of immigrants"

"It's the fault of women"

"It's the fault of all of the "sheeple" who bought into this stinking pile of debt ridden corruption and who must now face a lifetime of debt slavery....good riddance eh..?"

......

It's none of the above

Edited by Steve Cook

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Agreed TMT...this sad event certainly puts things into perspective.

Hundreds of young men take their own lives every year. The seemingly ubiquitous pressure society places on males to "succeed" is a contributing factor.

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But I can't help wondering, what have these estate agents been doing with all the cash that's been pouring in these last few years?!

on a really smart cyber coffin of course. one with interior buttons and screens to watch death news 24 or re runs of cartoon favorite top-dead-cat.

a perfect crypt for a former EA. with nice views of more worms. compact, but fully fitted.

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Hundreds of young men take their own lives every year. The seemingly ubiquitous pressure society places on males to "succeed" is a contributing factor.

'Pressure to succeed' is undoubtedly the prime contributing factor.

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on a really smart cyber coffin of course. one with interior buttons and screens to watch death news 24 or re runs of cartoon favorite top-dead-cat.

a perfect crypt for a former EA. with nice views of more worms. compact, but fully fitted.

To think you were once a Veritas candidate in the European Elections makes the NewLabour Politicians you attack appear quite intelligent.

You were definitely Catched out. :lol:

Greetings from over the pond.

By Golly back already.

Edited by Bertie Wooster

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To think you were once a Veritas candidate in the European Elections makes the NewLabour Politicians you attack appear quite intelligent.

You were definitely Catched out. :lol:

Greetings from over the pond.

dont you mean from 'within' the pond.

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:o:blink::unsure::huh::(<_< :angry: :lol:

Private joke anyone?

Care to expand? Or make it sound any less camp?

And under the shadow of some failed but 'characterful' EA's overdose death in a rented house as well. Heartless and camp. ;)

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:o:blink::unsure::huh::(<_< :angry: :lol:

Sudden confusion is a sign of a Psychological problem, there are a few Doctors posting here who can advise you, I believe at one time the old Shaker claimed to be one. ;)

Greetings from over the pond.

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Sudden confusion is a sign of a Psychological problem, there are a few Doctors posting here who can advise you, I believe at one time the old Shaker claimed to be one. ;)

Greetings from over the pond.

the way you keep saying 'greetings from over the pond' makes you seem like a mad yet - harmless martian thats trying to take over mankind.

but alas, your plans fail as the irony goes wasted on the earthlings who are simply disinterested due to the lack of actual threat.

im imagining you in a basic space machine with a huge glass bubble cockpit, one eye and a ray gun with 2 rings at the end of the barrel.

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the way you keep saying 'greetings from over the pond' makes you seem like a mad yet - harmless martian thats trying to take over mankind.

but alas, your plans fail as the irony goes wasted on the earthlings who are simply disinterested due to the lack of actual threat.

im imagining you in a basic space machine with a huge glass bubble cockpit, one eye and a ray gun with 2 rings at the end of the barrel.

Wierd. I thought he might be in America.

Combining the alien and housing themes:

http://www.futuro-house.net/

How cool is that?

Edited by pppeter

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