These True-Estate Pros Weren’t Well prepared for What They Uncovered Within a Listing’s Closet

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Marcia Hawken | Realtor, Downing-Frye Realty, Naples, Fla.

I had a listing for a rental in a beautiful higher-increase in Pelican Bay, a concierge making overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. The proprietors have been a younger couple and they didn’t use the apartment really substantially. He was a trader on Wall Avenue. I understood his mom and dad. I experienced it on the sector for a although, so I was thrilled to get a displaying in September, which is normally a really slow month.  

I went up in the elevator in advance of the agent came with her customers. I created sure all the lights were being on, I opened the doorways to the lanai to seize the breeze—the full bit. When I bought to the visitor bedroom, the mattress was unmade and there were men’s dresses on the floor.  The apartment had been vacant. You can not get in that making incredibly very easily, you have to go by security and they take your picture. I was just seeking at the outfits and hoping to make feeling of it when I acquired a call that the agent and her shoppers ended up on their way up in the elevator. 

I made the mattress and swooped up all the clothing and appeared for a put to get rid of them just before they arrived. There was a little closet with a sliding door. I slid open up the door, and there was this person standing there, stark bare. It’s not a stroll-in closet, it is only two feet deep. He was standing straight as a stick, pardon the pun.

I shoved the dresses in his arms and shut the doorway. Neither of us mentioned a word. The doorbell rang and the agent and her clients arrived in. I did my common revenue pitch on Pelican Bay. I’m showing them the superb check out and the current amenities and the appliances. When it was time to exhibit them the guest bed room, I sidled around in entrance of the closet and just stood there. Reverse the closet was a window overlooking the Gulf. I claimed, “Wow! Just transform all-around and appear at this see. Would not you enjoy to occur dwelling to this?” 

I bought absent with it. Just after they still left, I turned out all the lights and locked the doorway. I never ever spoke to the gentleman. Later on, I remembered that the mom and dad had an additional son, who was not as productive as the Wall Avenue trader. He had almost certainly experienced a quite extensive evening and was crashing at his brother’s area. I never ever outlined it to the house owners or to the mothers and fathers. What function would it serve? It was just 1 of these factors. 

Michelle Sedlitz | Genuine-estate agent, the Corcoran Group, New York City

I was previewing a two-bed room apartment in a luxury apartment constructing by Central Park for this abroad shopper. I picked up the crucial from the doorman. Generally, I ring the bell before I preview an apartment, but I was told that the proprietors didn’t dwell there. When I went within I heard a thing. I did get a small afraid. Nobody was intended to be in the condominium.

I assumed, “Maybe I’m just listening to matters, it’s possible it’s from the condominium up coming door.”



It was a big apartment, far more than 1,400 sq. ft. I started getting pics. I went into the bed room. I did not hear anything. I opened the closet to just take a photograph of it, and there was a lady. She was scrunched down in the closet, type of like she was hiding. I screamed, she screamed.

I said, “I’ve gotta go,” and I ran. I have no plan what she appeared like simply because I was afraid, literally shaking, like, “Let me get out of right here!”

It turns out she was the cleaning woman. She wasn’t told that I would be coming and she was terrified. The listing agent was extremely apologetic. I didn’t finish previewing the condominium, but I understood it was not proper for my consumer in any case. The view was awful and he was a see man.

It wasn’t the initial time anything like this has occurred to me. The 1st time, I was previewing a rental and no one was meant to be in the condominium. I rang the bell—nothing. Just as I’m pushing open up the door,  I listen to anyone shouting, “Coming!” A dude came jogging out of the shower in a towel, and in his functioning, he unintentionally dropped it.

I did not stick all around to see what was beneath the towel.

Now when keys are remaining for me, I’m knocking, I’m ringing the bell. And I hold out. If this occurred twice, I entirely anticipate it will happen yet again. These things come in threes.

— Edited from interviews

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