Sex, drugs and alligators: Agents share bizarre open house encounters

Real estate professionals unfazed when showings don’t go as planned

Paul Hagey Staff Writer

Open houses and showings can hold unexpected surprises for real estate agents and their clients, as agents who shared their memorable open house stories with Inman News can attest.

Alligator bonus room

Jake Theoret, an agent with Re/Max of Grand Rapids (Mich.), helped buyers navigate a basement full of reptiles.

Last winter I showed a beautifully restored farmhouse. It was staged to the nines! Think Ralph Lauren. Everything was prefect till we went into the utility room in the basement. The following animals were in various cages and crates: two alligators, two huge tortoises, two pythons, and numerous smaller reptiles. Thankfully, my client did not get injured in exiting the home. As soon as I got back to the office and researched the owner, I found out he was a reptile zoologist of some sort.

Drugs, lice, hanky-panky

Hugo Torres, general manager of Monrovia, Calif.-based Century 21 Adams & Barnes, says that in various showings over the years, he’s encountered illegal drug use, hungry lice, and a couple getting busy.

Years ago while showing a property, I opened the door to a room and saw a younger man snorting drugs. Needless to say, the police were called. Years ago while showing property on a home, my client noticed these little moving dots on my tan jacket. Needless to say, delousing was involved. Some time ago I walked by a couple involved in some fun on their couch as we passed the window to their living room. No one was called … we simply returned 10 minutes later. (Hey that’s the average right?)

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