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Success R e al E s tat e REALTOR CONFESSIONS There’s a lot more going on in the real estate world in between listings and closings than we realize. We got a source to spill and have changed the names to protect the innocent and the guilty. TEXT BY SANDY LINDSEY EMPTY NEST Empty real estate can be a temptation to more than just the neighbors who use the property for overflow parking during parties — it’s especially tempting for those who have a key. Such was the case of Sam McCloud, who would hang a sign on the door of a furnished model unit that said “closed for workmen”, then used it to take a nap. Similarly, another realtor who lived far from the office would spend the night at a nearby property after partying too hard. 44 POOL SHOCKER Comparable to christening a new ship, there’s a superstition among new home agents that says jumping in the pool before the property’s grand opening brings “good luck.” However, that tradition didn’t include agents not having on a stitch of clothing as in a hushed-up Orlando scandal. Further south, realtor Christina Lallou, whose home did not have a pool, let her son practice his swimming after-hours at a series of large estate homes she represented. The practice worked so well, he won medals. EERIE EVENT The first time Fred Smith showed a particular vacant house, the pull-down attic stairs were down. The next time, the stairs were up. He didn’t think much of it, as other realtors were showing the property. The wife wanted to see the attic storage so they pulled down the stairs, climbed up and found a young woman sitting in the dark attic. They asked if she was okay and she replied yes, calmly got up and left, never to be seen again. EYES CLOSED It seems that if someone is a realtor for long enough, they will eventually see a naked person during a showing. Such was the case when Carlos Chase went into a home he had listed that was dark and unfurnished, only to hear water running. As he neared the sound, he came face-to-face with the property owner — completely naked. She’d moved into her new home, but as it was an extremely hot day, she decided to stop by her old place to use the shower and freshen up.