Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Rant #1,362: Hot Real Estate

OK, I don't know where that plane went either.

Maybe because of global warming, the Bermuda Triangle has shifted, and it went into there, never to be seen or heard from again.

But that isn't the top story of the day, not by a long shot.

Today's top story took place in New Jersey.

A married couple, Richard and Sandra Weiner, are suing two real estate agents, Robert Lindsay and Jeannemarie Phelan (both pictured here), as well as their broker, Coldwell Banker, because they claim the agents intentionally overpriced their home so they could use it as, now get this, "a play pad to have sexual relations."

But the Weiners are no dummies. Their home has surveillance cameras all around, and yes, film footage from these cameras show that Lindsay and Phelan had sexual relations throughout the house numerous times from December 2011 through January 2012.

After watching the footage, the married couple claim they were "uncomfortable and disgusted" even being in the house they once called their home.

And yes, there is a countersuit by Lindsay, believe it or not, against the Weiners. He says they tried to get $1 million out of him in return for the sex tapes.

So if Lindsay is launching such a countersuit, then the trysts actually happened, he and his lady are guilty, but of course, they have to go through the court system first.

Of course, my first question is, why did it take so long for the Weiners--no relation to Anthony Weiner, I hope--to file this lawsuit?

Was there so much footage of the amorous pair that it took them more than two years to watch everything?

My second question is, why couldn't the amorous couple have found a motel room to do their thing in? Why this home?

And since when is the sex more important then the money for real estate brokers?

I worked in a real estate office for several years early in my career, and covered the business later on as a writer.

Money is No. 1 with these people, as I guess it should be. If they overpriced the home, who was going to take it anyway? Did they feel that they would find some sucker to take the overpriced house, and their "pre-commission commission" was several rolls in the hay?

And again, why did the Weiners wait so long to file the suit? Maybe they tried to get a settlement from Coldwell Banker, it did not meet the amount that they wanted, so they decided to sue ...

And if that is true, with the suit and countersuit, then everyone involved involved here is prostituting himself or herself in a crazy sort of way.

But on the other hand, if people you trusted to sell your house were actually using it as their own sex den, you would probably feel as violated as the Weiners do.

This is another one of those cases where we have only heard a kernel of what was really going on, and we might or might not hear the rest.

And maybe that's for the better.

Real estate agents overstepping their boundaries and having sex in a home that they were supposedly trying to sell ... what a concept!

It would probably make for a great TV movie on Lifetime, or to the extreme, maybe the next great porn film.

Nah, I am sure the latter has been done already, and maybe the former too.

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