Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

The American GeniusThe American Genius

Housing News

Real estate agent discovers drunk couple passed out in Florida listing

Broken glass photo by Quinn Dombrowski.

Rough day for a Realtor

Realtors have to content with some very unique challenges in their line of work ranging from odd requests to calls in the middle of the night, but finding drunk people inside a listing isn’t the industry standard.

According to the St. Petersburg Times, homeless couple David Allen Sharp and Linda McGuinness broke into a Florida listing, drank heavily and passed out. Local police report that they pried open the back door and snuck into the house.

The Pasco County Sherrif’s Office says the couple drank heavily, broke beer bottles on the floor and reports conflict regarding whether they fell asleep or passed out

The listing agent checked the house Wednesday evening and found the couple still sleeping and called the police who booked the couple on charges of burglary with bail set and unmet at $10,000 each.

Realtor beware

Real estate professionals enter various situations, often alone, that require heightened senses. In this case, the Realtor was lucky in that the couple was not doing hard drugs and had passed out instead of gone on a destruction binge. The agent is lucky they didn’t walk in on something dangerous or get ambushed.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Short sales, foreclosures and houses that have been vacant for some time present a particularly daunting challenge and agents must be alert.

Agents are using technologies in increasing numbers to aide when intuition and gut feelings aren’t enough. AGBeat advertisers MyMoby.com who we have featured for quite some time, seek to empower agents with smartphone apps as personal safety devices, and agents often opt to take self defense courses.

Regardless of the method, we encourage all real estate professionals to put serious thought into their backup plans for when their safety is at risk. Fortunately, the listing agent in this story was safe, but it could have gone a completely different direction.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Tara Steele is the News Director at The American Genius, covering entrepreneur, real estate, technology news and everything in between. If you'd like to reach Tara with a question, comment, press release or hot news tip, simply click the link below.

45 Comments

45 Comments

  1. Joe Loomer

    July 15, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    I used to just be worried about dogs, but now you never know what you'll find. I'm about the loudest dude I can be when I enter a vacant listing, and I carry a decent size can of can't-tell-you-where-I-got-it spray on my belt, too.

    Navy Chief, Navy Pride

  2. Christine Bacon

    July 15, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Oh, brother… Hopefully these folks stay in the bar next time they decide to go drinking. A "For Sale" sign outside doesn't mean "Come On In"!

  3. Lloyd Purse

    July 18, 2011 at 4:08 am

    Thanks for the post, Tara! You really never know what will surprise you inside a client's house – just hoping that it's a funny or harmless scene. Realtors should take this caution and protect themselves.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

The
American Genius
news neatly in your inbox

Subscribe to our mailing list for news sent straight to your email inbox.

Advertisement

KEEP READING!

Real Estate Technology

(TECH NEWS) It turns out that Internet of Things, like smart bulbs in homes, are not secure and give up your info - here...

Real Estate Marketing

(MARKETING) Your fancy, self-animating website might be making people violently ill, even if it is insanely beautiful. Sorry...

Real Estate Marketing

(MARKETING) Conduit is a CRM that does more than CRM, it analyzes your networking data to help you see how to improve your relationships.

Real Estate Corporate

(REAL ESTATE) Zillow has long been a data powerhouse, but a lawsuit about a $150M listing offers a look into listings claims.

The American Genius is a strong news voice in the entrepreneur and tech world, offering meaningful, concise insight into emerging technologies, the digital economy, best practices, and a shifting business culture. We refuse to publish fluff, and our readers rely on us for inspiring action. Copyright © 2005-2022, The American Genius, LLC.