Open House Sunday, and I know North Texas real estate agents are on high alert for Steven Breed. In fact, I feel like we need a Tweet-Up to lasso this guy.

Breed is your worst nightmare at an open house: he has sticky fingers and, obvi, a problem or two. Once again, Breed is out of the slammer and into “buying” real estate, apparently, after posting bond last Feb. 16, this after being arrested Feb. 6 for stealing jewelry.

No sooner is he out than the 55 year old was allegedly spotted at an open house in JanMar last weekend. Nothing was stolen from the house.

Get this: according to a report on KXAS, Breed is a former school teacher. His attorney says he is cleaning up his life and believes last weekend’s sighting is a case of mistaken identity.

But why is he out going to open houses? Is he really in the market for a home or just flirting with his obsession?

Several North Texas police departments have arrested Breed for stealing jewelry during open houses, and he has been arrested multiple times in Frisco, McKinney and Dallas, all on jewelry theft charges. He’s telling agents that his house is on the market in Houston. I’ve been writing about this dude since the summer of 2010 and he just seems to keep on going in and out of jail. I wonder what happens to the stuff he steals, and if the victims get it back?





Remember Steven Breed? The Open House jewel thief may be scouting open houses with sticky fingers again. Plano police are warning all North Texas real estate agents that Breed, who is out of the slammer, may be back to his old tricks. He is suspected of stealing personal belongings from homes. For the last two years, agents have reported things missing from open houses from Frisco to Preston Hollow after Breed pops in. He was arrested last summer, accused of stealing jewelry while a real estate agent showed him a home.

Dallas area Realtor Jona Thomas told NBC she is certain Breed made an appearance at her open house in east Richardson on Sunday, posing as an interested home buyer. And he is said to have visited six homes over the weekend, including some in Preston Hollow. Agents say Breed is a bit slimmer now than his mug shot. Guess that’s what jail does to you.


Having a second home in New York City or state may be more expensive now than ever. For those with places in the city, the state Taxation Department will require state residents who own second homes in New York City to report the number of days they spend in the city, which will likely result in more audits for commuters. Albany, you see, wants that New York City income tax. Don’t think you are off the hook if you own a home in, say, the Hamptons, but live in Connecticut. In January. a New York tax appeals tribunal affirmed a decision that a New Canaan, Conn., resident who worked in Manhattan and owned a Long Island home, still owed the state an additional $1 million. The million is taxes on income the resident, John Barker, and his wife earned outside of New York, plus interest and penalties. Of course, Mr. Barker already was paying New York state taxes on income he was earning in the state.

Experts now say the case will alert many second homeowners to the very real possibility of additional taxes if they spend more than 183 days per year in New York. To clarify: the income tax applies to people who work, or visit, or live there part of the year — more than 180 days, or 6 months. Even if they don’t sleep there! I dialed up tax attorney Eric M. Kramer on Long Island who does a ton of work in this area. He told me he has received calls from other shocked attorneys on this, but in reality, this is nothing new — New York has always had this law, this case just brought it to everyone’s attention. There are tales that the state used to hound the Rockefellers, spying on them to make sure they were not staying in their New York City apartment for one second over 180 days. (The cost of having these spies on the payroll, including over-time, medical and pension benefits to retire at age 50 , might well cost more than whatever they would have collected had he overstayed the time limit. But what do I know?) To answer my questions, Eric said it matters not whether you commute. If you spend the DAY in New York City, that counts. So you can either own a home or rent an apartment, if you work, live, or even visit someone, say an aging parent who is ill, for more than 180 days a year, you will be liable for New York state income tax even on income generated outside of the state.

Thoughts? (Love this Hamptons house… $2000 to $5000/week.)