There are a few ways you can mess up as a real estate agent. You can be a poor negotiator, you can lack people skills, or - in the case of two New Jersey agents - you can have sex all over your client's house.
According to Inside Edition, that's what Richard Weiner is accusing his Coldwell Banker real estate agent, Robert Lindsay, of doing. You see, after hiring Lindsay as an agent, Weiner and his wife moved out, leaving behind only some furniture and a set of security cameras to prevent break-ins at the now-vacant home.
Suffice to say, they didn't catch any burglars.
Instead, Weiner is filing a lawsuit claiming that his security cameras captured Lindsay having sexual relations with a woman in the vacated home on 13 separate occasions.
Weiner told Inside Edition that he and his wife weren't even aware of the escapade until his wife happened to catch them in the act while checking the cameras from their computer. It was only then that they checked the previous six weeks' worth of footage and realized the true extent of their agent's deception.
[Weiner] says he was amazed to find that on 13 separate occasions, the agent had brief encounters with an attractive blond at all times during the course of the day -- mornings, afternoons, and evening.
On one occasion, they share passionate kisses by the front door. On another day there were more hugs and kisses, and yet another day they can be seen making the bed after their romp, so as not to leave any evidence of hanky-panky.
As if that wasn't bad enough, it turns out Lindsay's partner in the tryst is also a real estate agent. Inside Edition says that her name is Jeannemarie Phelan and she also worked for Coldwell Banker. Worse still, both she and Lindsay are married. To other people.
Alright, so a real estate agent spent a month and half having an illicit affair with another real estate agent all over their beloved home - that's pretty bad, right? Well, there's more.
Weiner's lawsuit also alleges that Lindsay purposefully listed the house at a price above market value in order to keep it from selling so that it would remain open for further sexual encounters. Yikes. Using another man's house as a personal sex den is one thing, but also keeping that man from selling the home and moving on with his life? That's ice cold.
But the story doesn't end there. New York Magazine says that Lindsay and Phelan have filed a counter-suit, claiming that Weiner offered to "settle the matter privately, before the media gets hold of the information."
However this whole thing ends, it looks like no one is coming out of it looking good.
It should go without saying that Coldwell Banker has parted ways with both Lindsay and Phelan. The real estate firm released the following statement to Inside Edition:
Immediately after learning of the allegation of improper behavior at the property by two independent contractors in January 2012, we ceased our affiliation with the agents. These agents have not listed or sold properties on our behalf since the allegation of misconduct at the home was first reported. The alleged misconduct at the home does not in any way represent how we conduct business as a company, and certainly is not reflective of the quality, commitment and integrity of our management or the more than 3,200 sales professionals affiliated with our company. We hold affiliated agents to the highest ethical standards.
As for the Weiners' lawsuit, they're officially accusing Lindsay and Phelan of invasion of privacy, infliction of emotional distress, breach of contract, trespass of land and other civil counts, according to NorthJersey.com.
All of that seems fair, obviously, but having a public record of this whole incident isn't going to help them sell that house. Oh well.