The job of a real estate broker is to look at a property and recognize its untapped potential. These two brokers were able to look at a home in Wayne, New Jersey, and recognize the potential to get tapped.
A new lawsuit alleges that former Coldwell Banker agents Robert Lindsay and Jeannemarie Phelan were using a home they represented for morally adjacent purposes, and owners Sandra and Richard Weiner (DICK WEINER!) were less than pleased about this secret broker rendezvous.
“Defendants Coldwell and Lindsay were engaged by the Weiners to market and sell their home in Wayne, New Jersey. Instead, Lindsay and Phelan, through Lindsay’s illegal and dishonest acts, used the Weiners’ home as their play pad to have sexual relations in the Weiners’ bedroom, among other places in the home,” the suit states.
The pair met up there on ten separate occasions from December 2011 through January 2012 and may have carried on for longer if the Weiners didn’t have a security camera to capture the whole thing. Which begs the question: Wouldn’t real estate agents know if a property had a fancy schmancy security system? Isn’t that what one would call a “selling point”? Clearly these two were passionate, just not about their work.
According to the suit, Lindsay “intentionally listed the house above market value” (at $650,000) so that he could keep people away from the property and keep doing his thing. Then one day Sandra Weiner was reviewing their security footage and noticed that something was amiss.
“All visits were for sexual encounters,” the suit states. “The last visit to the house by Lindsay and Phelan was on Jan. 23, 2012. Sandra Weiner happened to be checking the video cameras feed at the time and saw strange people in the house with what she thought were flashlights. The house was dark at the time. The Weiners called the local police, who then went to the house.”
“The police opened the door to the house and found Lindsay pulling up his pants,” the suit states. “Lindsay lied to police by telling them that he was there to prepare the house for an open house. … Instead, Lindsay and Phelan were at the house to have sex.”
Something was clearly open, but it sure wasn’t the house.
The two agents were violating all sorts of rules, worst of all the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice of the National Association of Realtors. No, not the CESPNAR! Apparently using a house for your trysts while doing nothing to actually sell isn’t a bylaw in the handbook. Weird.
The Weiners are suing Coldwell and the agents (that’d be a fun band name) for invasion of privacy, infliction of emotional distress, breach of contract, trespass of land and other civil counts. It hasn’t been confirmed whether the agents have lost their licenses but we’re gonna go ahead and say yes.NorthJersey.com] [Banner image via Gawker/Boblindsay.net/realtor.com]