Crazy Real Estate Tales

Real Estate Agent

While pondering which experience to reveal in the ActiveRain Crazy Real Estate Agent Story Challenge this month, I had many  old memories surface from my 40 years as a real estate agent. 

In last month’s challenge, I told the tale of listing the home of an elderly couple who had a very abusive adult son, living with them.  Their desire was to escape his abuse. They hoped to sell their home without his realizing it.  We put the home on the market without a sign.  All showings were arranged through me, and the home shown while the son was at work, or otherwise occupied. 

The home sold quickly.  During the last days of escrow, an uncle who lived approximately 100 mile north of us, helped out by arranging for the son to visit several days.  During his absence, the son’s belongings were put in storage, and the storage key was left with a neighbor. 

The pair moved across country, and left no forwarding address for the son.  The transaction went more smoothly than I had anticipated it might.  There was one extra thing important contractually – I insisted on providing a disclosure to the buyer about the circumstances surrounding the son.  I didn’t want any legal repercussions from his potential volatility.  Ultimately, to my knowledge the buyers of the home were never disturbed by him.

In addition to that story however, I have experienced at least 2 encounters with nudes during showings.  One incident involved a seller coming down the hall from the shower, who hadn’t heard the doorbell ring.   But, the most outrageous incident, involved another agent, who myself, and my client found nude, doing the wild thing on the floor of a vacant townhome.  I had found no key in the lockbox, but the door was unlocked. Because the home was listed as vacant, we entered.  My client (a single woman) didn’t buy that particular home.  I’m sure the special vision when she entered that room would have lingered for a while if she had.  For a few years after, when we would see each other, we would chuckle about that “showing.”  As for that agent caught in the act, he was a fairly well known and successful agent during the 1980s, but he lost market potency in the 1990s, and simply faded away from the local real estate realm.


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Comments (27)

Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Will Hamm - One of the thing I have "enjoyed" over the years I was a Realtor, was that no two transactions were alike, there was always a plethora of adventures, with tales to tell.  

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker - What was so funny about the nude agent encounter was because he was broadly known, he was recognizable even from behind!🙃 Thank you for the feature in the Bananatude Group.

Sep 28, 2022 01:40 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten

Boggles my mind what some people do!!   Crazy.

Sep 28, 2022 01:48 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Aura Alex - California also has laws on the books to help protect our elderly.  However, back in the 1980s when this transaction occurred, they were only on the horizon.

Kathy Streib - I suspect the question wasn't "What he was thinking?"  It was "What was he thinking with?"

Sep 28, 2022 01:43 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Myrl, we meet all types in this crazy business, and glad your elderly sellers were able to escape the abusive situation.

Sep 28, 2022 03:30 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

George Souto - I was happy for them as well.  For several years afterward, I would get Christmas cards from them, and to my knowledge, their son never learned their whereabouts.

Sep 28, 2022 04:10 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Never a dull moment when it comes to real estate and all the crazies associated Myrl Jeffcoat 🙄

Sep 28, 2022 04:30 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Both stories are hilarious, Myrl! I love the fact the parents finally took control of their lives, ousting the abusive, punk son and the agent doing the wild thing lost potency later on! LOL Thank you for the smiles today, needed that.

Sep 29, 2022 06:01 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Myrl,

That story about the abusive son is pretty scary.   You know it had to be bad if the parents moved on the sly.  Yikes. 

To this day, I have not encountered any nude activity.  But your story made me chuckle as well!  Haha!

Sep 29, 2022 06:06 PM
Dave Halpern
Dave Halpern Real Estate Agent, Inc., Louisville, KY (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

My crazy real estate tale is that I have never had a normal transaction.

Sep 29, 2022 07:38 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Myrl, for sharing some of your stories.

Have a great day and a very special weekend.

Sep 30, 2022 05:01 AM
M.C. Dwyer
Melody Russell Team at eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Felton, CA
MC Dwyer-Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist

Enjoyed taking a breather from work to read your tales.     I've heard of agents getting entangled in vacant homes before and find it unimaginable that someone would risk their career that way.    Loved your word choice "he lost market potency"😆

Sep 30, 2022 09:27 AM
Brenda J. Andrew
Professional Realtor in Conroe/Willis, TX

Wow Myrl.  I have to say you are really good to be able to help keep that from the son. That had to have taken so much work and paying attention to details.  I wonder if the son has any regrets about how he treated the parents.  Hopefully he did.  Thanks for sharing, this was a really good one!

Sep 30, 2022 11:55 AM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

We all have our tales to tell, but your 2nd story sounds like the "agent who lost market potency" left many tales to tell and he left the scene with his tale between his legs.  

Did I say that right?  😇

Sep 30, 2022 12:06 PM
Brian DeYoung
also affiliated with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Heritage Realty - Ithaca, NY
The Realtor with personal investment background

over the years I have seen a number of people decide to move to a different city or size home just to part ways with a relative. Often a child.

Usually not as abusive as in this story or as drastic a solution.

Sep 30, 2022 01:21 PM
Eileen Burns 954.483.3912
Trans State Commercial RE Ft. Lauderdale/Miami/Palm Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
FLorida Real Estate Connector

I am so happy you had the foresight to prepare that disclosure Myrl Jeffcoat Back in the day we did not necessarily type up contracts either.  Sad for those parents and glad the relatives were helpful to that son who most likely would be categorized as mental health issues vs elder abuse

Oct 01, 2022 10:10 AM
Emily Medvec
eXp Realty LLC - Santa Fe, NM
Broker | Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM

Myrl Jeffcoat sadly we often see everything. Fortunately you were able to do something beyond kind. This post reads like a novella...

Oct 02, 2022 12:12 PM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

It is remarkable that you could get the house sold without the son ever catching on.  It is a shame that he was so volatile and abusive that the parents had to hide from him.  I am happy for them.  No one should have to put up with that.

Oct 02, 2022 06:03 PM
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

Wow that story about the son...very sad but I'm glad the parents escaped!  What an experience for all of you!

Oct 03, 2022 08:44 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Wow!  Very interesting story.  Good for those parents who were able to move away, with a LOT of your assistance.  Can't imagine being in their shoes - OR you and your buyer on the second story.  Those kinds of stories aren't easily forgotten!

Oct 04, 2022 04:46 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I just finished my continuing education classes and had to take fair housing in Washington State and what it means. It was a six hour class of how and when to use pronouns. That is very scary and the case studies are even more scary Myrl Jeffcoat 

Oct 14, 2022 09:02 PM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Myrl, I am astonished at your recount of these crazy stories! I can't imagine the elderly couple moving cross-country to get away from their child, but they did what had to be done, so good for them. How absolutely awful to treat your parents so badly that they felt they had to move to escape him.

Then the other stories regarding the crazy real estate agents... I think we all encountered a seller coming out of the shower at least once in our career, especially those of us who have been around a while. At least the seller I saw came to the door wearing a towel. Fortunately, I never encountered the second scenario you mentioned. I'll leave that privilege to you. :)

Jun 08, 2023 05:16 PM