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Man in ski mask attacks Napa real estate broker

Woman bites man who may have posed as buyer

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An attack on a Napa, Calif., real estate broker last week by a man wearing a ski mask prompted a multiple listing service in the area to issue an alert to subscribers. The Santa Rosa, Calif.-based Bay Area Real Estate Information Services Inc. MLS, which serves about 10,000 real estate professionals, stated in a June 23 alert, "An agent has been attacked in the region. A listing agent received a call directly. The caller stated he and his wife were looking for a home and were from out of town and would like to see this house. "The agent went to the listing to meet them. The caller arrived in a ski mask and brutally attacked her. The police have been contacted and are working on the case. They were able to trace the number he used from the agent's cell phone records; however, he used a pay phone." The MLS alert also recommended safety precautions that real estate professionals can take to help avoid dangerous situations: "Meet clients at the office first. (A real buyer would not mind me...