Bird's Eye View

Real Estate Agent with Foster Realty, Inc.

It is Monday morning and that means I am checking my vacant properties to make sure they are clean and ready to show. As I approach the front door to an 11th floor condo on the beach, I hear strange sounds coming from inside.  They sound similar to rustling papers and grunting.   

I hear police sirens in the distance.  I turn around and look down toward the highway from the exterior walkway.  I can see the flashing lights of the police cars racing in this direction.  Maybe the neighbors already called the police?  Somebody must be in the condo.  The police cars get closer and closer.


Although it would not be the first time I have found uninvited guests in a property, I start to think I am just being paranoid and jumping to conclusions.  I half laugh to myself and decide I must be hearing things.  I start walking back to the door and the police cars race into the parking lot and swarm the building.   Maybe I am not so paranoid.  There must be something going on with my condo.  I decide to go downstairs and escort them up.  As I come out of the elevator, they run right past me and out to the beach.  


Now I hear people yelling and they are running in all directions but I can’t see what’s going on.  The best view would be from upstairs.  Now that I know the police are not there for me, I decide to see what is going on from the lanai on the 11th floor.  


I race back upstairs and scream as I swing open the door.  There are wings flapping with dust clouds and feathers flying everywhere. The birds are as scared as I am and fly out the open door that the last agent to show the property had forgotten to close.  One pigeon was confused for a bit but eventually found his way out.  After my heartbeat returns to normal and I compose myself, I survey the mess.


This lovely condo, professionally staged with rented furniture, is now covered in pigeon droppings and nesting debris.  You can bet the agent who left that door open will be hearing from me.  I have a long morning ahead cleaning up this mess.   But first, I need to look out from the lanai to see what is going on downstairs.


There are two police officers chasing a shirtless man on the beach.  They are large officers weighed down by heavy utility belts in the sand on a very hot summer day.   They were making progress and just when I thought they were about to grab the guy, he ran into the ocean.  And there he stayed.  


What a sight to see two police officers pacing at ocean’s edge watching a guy treading water.  The guy keeps taunting them, swearing and yelling, “come and get me” over and over.   Eventually, several more officers show up, one in swim shorts, and the guy decides to give up. 


I get started cleaning up the mess but am grateful for the morning entertainment from my bird’s eye view.



Comments (14)

Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

Hi Sylvia,

Sounds like you had a very exciting morning. Good thing the action was on the beach and not in your suite, however it sounds like your suite had some action too now you have a mess to clean up. 

Jul 03, 2022 01:32 PM
Sylvia "Elsie" Foster

It's always something, right?  :) 

Jul 04, 2022 11:32 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Sylvia- my adrenalin would have been through the roof!!! You can't say your job is dull, though. And I can't imagine having to clean up that mess!   

Jul 03, 2022 02:12 PM
Sylvia "Elsie" Foster

Completely through the roof!  I got help. Thanks!  :) 

Jul 04, 2022 11:31 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

That's terrible.  I sometimes get upset when the listing agent leaves notes in vacant properties all over the with the dos and do nots, but that would have been appropriate there

Jul 03, 2022 06:09 PM
Sylvia "Elsie" Foster

I would hope we don't need to be reminded to shut the doors.  🤷

Jul 04, 2022 11:30 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Wow, what a way to start the day! The pigeons would have startled me as well!

Jul 04, 2022 05:00 AM
Sylvia "Elsie" Foster

I was freaked out!  :)

Jul 04, 2022 11:29 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Aloha Elsie - the daily to do (and experience) list of a real estate practitioner is filled with many things.  

Jul 04, 2022 06:05 AM
Sylvia "Elsie" Foster

So many!  :) 

Jul 04, 2022 11:28 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Jul 09, 2022 07:42 PM
Sylvia "Elsie" Foster

Thank you Kathy!!😀

Jul 10, 2022 07:13 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Elsie. I would have taken photos, contacted the managing broker of the showing agent, and asked for their suggestion for a cleaning company that would send them the bill? Enjoy your day.

Jul 10, 2022 05:10 AM
Sylvia "Elsie" Foster

Thank you!  Yes, I tried.  He denied it. 🤷

Thanks for reading!

Jul 10, 2022 07:13 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Sylvia... one thing I've learned after 30+ years in this business... that I should never say "I seen and heard everything." The minute I do, I hear a story like yours!

Jul 10, 2022 05:17 AM
Sylvia "Elsie" Foster

Right?  There is never a dull moment - even after 30+ years!  I guess that's why I enjoy (?) this job. 😀

Jul 10, 2022 07:15 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Sylvia - I cant only imagine the terrible mess.  Pigeons are so dirty.

Jul 10, 2022 07:06 AM
Sylvia "Elsie" Foster

It was disgusting.  But I got help.  Thank you for reading!

Jul 10, 2022 07:16 PM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Each event was exciting enough on its own, but what are the chances that you find birds in your belfry (so to speak) at the same time you had the crazy guy running from the police.  It must have been quite a sight. 

I hope the cleanup didn't take too long.

Jul 10, 2022 07:21 AM
Sylvia "Elsie" Foster

LOL.  Birds in my belfry. 😂  Thank goodness I got help.  Thanks for reading!

Jul 10, 2022 07:17 PM
Jim Paulson
Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho) - Boise, ID

Love it!  I was just talking to a Realtor here in Boise yesterday who shared a story of a skunk chasing a dog though the front door of a pending sale.  The buyer's had made an offer sight unseen on the house but refused to close until the smell was remedied which delayed closing for two weeks.  In my 31 years as a Realtor in Boise, that was a first!

Jul 10, 2022 09:19 AM
Sylvia "Elsie" Foster

OMG!  Thank goodness we don't have skunks here...because I'm sure I would have had to deal with that at some point, too. Thanks for reading!

Jul 10, 2022 07:19 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Elsie,

It sounds like you have the first chapter of your book on the Unbelievable things that happen in real estate.  I keep saying that I should write a book but you have a head start with that real life event!

Jul 10, 2022 03:54 PM
Sylvia "Elsie" Foster

We should write a book!  People just don't believe what we go through.  Thanks so reading!

Jul 10, 2022 07:20 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Sylvia,

This is can't make stuff like this up. What an entertaining morning and I hope you reached that agent who was so inconsiderate in leaving the door open!! Really come on agents!! Thanks for sharing!

Jul 11, 2022 01:45 PM
Sylvia "Elsie" Foster

Good Morning Dorie!  He denied leaving it open.  What can you do?  LOL.  Thanks for reading!

Jul 13, 2022 10:28 AM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

We just can't make these things up! It's always something in this business, but you told the story very well, it is hilarious and disgusting at the same time. And a fun read.

Jul 12, 2022 09:12 AM
Sylvia "Elsie" Foster

Thanks so much Pat!  :) 

Jul 13, 2022 10:27 AM