Admit it – you saw the headline, and your eyes widened a little bit. Right?
Well, stories like this certainly gain their fair share of interest, and this one has been making the rounds on social media lately, so have a look, just in case you missed it.
You can even click the link to the article to see photos of the guilty parties!
My God, how embarrassing…
“Real Estate Agents Used N.J. Couple’s House To Have Sex In”
By: CBS New York
Two real estate agents have been hit with a lawsuit, after clients alleged the agents listed their Wayne, N.J. home and then used it as their very own personal love nest.
As CBS 2’s Tony Aiello reported, the former owners of the Tudor-style home said their very own house was used for repeated sessions of afternoon delight by veteran real estate agent Bob Lindsay and fellow agent Jeannemarie Phelan.
“It’s a shocking story it is,” said Neil Chessin.
Chessin, who works as an attorney, said he has been at closings with Lindsay — whom homeowners Richard and Sandra Weiner are suing along with Phelan and Coldwell Banker Real Estate.
The lawsuit alleged Lindsay and Phelan used the Weiners’ home as their play pad to have sexual relations while the couple was at work.
In this difficult real estate market, homes are typically priced to sell. But the plaintiffs said Lindsay purposely priced the Weiners’ house to sit at $650,000.
“Lindsay intentionally listed the house at above market value so there would be little traffic in the home,” the lawsuit said.
The Weiners claimed Lindsay made his very own key, so he would not have to use the electronic lock box that keeps track of visiting agents.
And the suit said everything was caught on surveillance camera.
The suit said the Weiners entered into a contract with Lindsay to sell the house on Dec. 6, 2011, and within the month, the security cameras caught him in a tryst with Phelan.
“At 12:51 p.m., the security cameras show that Phelan entered the Weiners’ home, and Phelan and Lindsay kissed and hugged in the kitchen. The security cameras further show that at 1:02 p.m., Lindsay and Phelan entered the master bedroom, undressed and proceeded to have sex on the Weiners’ bed,” the lawsuit said.
The suit claimed security cameras caught Lindsay and Phelan eight more times, most recently on Jan. 23 of last year, when Sandra Weiner allegedly figured out what was happening.
“Sandra Weiner happened to be checking the video camera feed at the time and saw strange people in the house with what she thought were flashlights. The house was dark at the time. Weiners called the local police who then went to the house,” the suit said. “The police opened the door to the house and found Lindsay pulling up his pants.”
The suit claimed Lindsay said he was there to prepare for an open house, and that he had come to the house with Phelan to “grab a flyer.” But the suit said there was nothing Lindsay had to do at the house for an open house, and no reason for him to be there in the dark for one.
After realizing what was happening, the lawsuit said, the Weiners were “uncomfortable and disgusted even being in their house.”
“I’m a lawyer, and the first thing that comes to my mind is they shouldn’t have done it, but in reality, what’s the damage?” Chessin said.
The suit was filed in the Passaic County Law Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey. The plaintiffs claimed breach of contract, negligence, and infliction of emotional damage. It sought unspecified damages.
Coldwell Banker has shown both agents the door.
Late Monday, the New Jersey Real Estate Commission said it would investigate the claims in the lawsuit.
Neither real estate agent could be reached for comment.
Before you ask the obvious question – NO, I have never done anything like this.
Nor do I know anybody that has.
Although a real stickler might accuse me of having once dipped into an ethical grey area when I took a girl on a date…….to a $2M condo…
I say it’s a “grey area” because technically she was a client, and I was on a showing, and I booked the showing through the listing brokerage, who provided me with the key. Agents book inspections on condos all the time, and I was merely going to check the place out.
What can I say? Guys are always looking for something other than a long walk on a beach, dinner and a movie, or whatever other cliché date ideas we feeble men can conjure up.
Looking out over the city skyline from the 60th floor of an incredible (albeit vacant, and uninhabited) condo seemed like a fun idea.
So call me a hypocrite then, if I suggest that these two New Jersey real estate agents were stupid and ignorant, not to mention cheap (how much is a motel near the freeway???), and risked losing their licenses and ability to make a living, all in the name of a bit of fun.
But I question whether they used their clients’ house for sex because they were: a) cheap and in need of a bed and a roof over their heads, or b) in need of a thrill and the risk of being caught.
Ask anybody with a telescope by their window in a downtown Toronto condo, “What do you see on a nightly basis?” And you’ll instantly learn about a whole sub-culture of voyeurs who enjoy having sex by the window, because they know that somebody is watching.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen a telescope or binoculars in a downtown Toronto condo. Over a hundred, I’m sure of it.
Who am I to judge? There’s nothing wrong with being a thrill-seeker.
There is something wrong, however, with having sex in your clients’ house.
We’ve heard in the past about a trend called “house-humping,” where other thrill-seeking sex-mates will go to an open house and try to get it on somewhere in the dwelling while other would-be buyers are filing through the front door.
So I’m not surprised to hear about these two New Jersey agents, but I’m a bit disappointed in their stupidity.
The article says that they were both fired by their brokerage, but are they going to lose their real estate licenses?
I know in Ontario, you’d have to steal money from a client to risk losing your licence. You can lie, and cheat, but not steal, as the saying goes. But having sex in a client’s house? That’s a new one.
I know people have had sex in properties I have listed for sale before. Remember THIS story from 2013? Appropriately titled, “The Worst Thing That’s Ever Happened,” this went way beyond a simple sexual encounter.
But abusing the trust a client puts in you, as a professional, takes things to a whole other level. And it’s not like you’re eating food out of their fridge. Having sex in their BED is just plain cruel…