Toronto real estate agent tries to show listed house, finds teenagers partying instead

What should have been a routine Saturday morning screening at an East York home was anything but Toronto real estate agent Desmond Brown.

Brown was with his customers when he entered the house at 10 a.m. to realize they had entered a party that showed no signs of slowing down. Startled, he immediately pulled out his phone and began recording a video of what appeared to be teenagers or college-aged youth running through the front door.

“I got the key from a safe to show the property but couldn’t get into the front porch lock because the key wouldn’t fit so I went to the back door thinking it was a mistake and before I could key in the door I noticed it was unlocked, ”Brown told STOREYS. “So I walked in and shouted ‘Hello’ which is normal because sometimes they tell us the property is vacant when it isn’t, and the next thing I know I see these the kids started to scramble I pulled out my phone thinking there was something wrong.

Brown, a former reporter who heads the Desmond Brown real estate team at RE / MAX Hallmark Realty Ltd. and hosts a podcast titled Sold in the 6ix, says he’s never experienced anything like it in his 23-year career. Most of the young people immediately emerged from the dodge, but one, with his face covered, brazenly walked around to collect his things.

“What really amazes me is the cavalier attitude they all had, especially the last child in the video who seemed really embarrassed by my presence,” Brown said. “My goal with the video is to get these kids identified and maybe their parents will slap their wrists because that’s all they get for it.”

The consequences could be more serious than that. Police have been alerted and are treating the events of Saturday morning as a break and enter because the young people entered through a window.

Brown says they smashed a lot of stage furniture, including a crib and bed slats.

“The master bedroom mattress had been removed and soiled with food, drink and who knows what else. There were cigarette butts on the floor, French fries on the floor, all kinds of empty beverage containers including Crown Royal bottles and fast food waste, ”he said.

“All the signs are that they were there overnight. These fries were cold.

Surprised but without phase, Brown accompanied his client into the house and, although they liked him, they chose to buy another property.

Although bizarre, such events are not uncommon, explains Erica Mary Smith. Often times this happens because agents are careless with lockbox combinations – Smith, who is part owner Stomp Real Estate in Toronto, says his brokerage firm has a policy of only publishing these combinations digitally to alleviate such situations. She recently had her own crash.

“At 300 Front Street, we rented a unit on a long-term lease, then the tenant sublet the property on Airbnb without permission. They were using the unit to deal with drugs and prostitutes, ”Smith said. “It probably would have gone unnoticed, but once he stopped paying the rent I had to go and that’s when we learned it all.

“There was another issue where the tenant said he was moving but tried to get an extra month free by living there and not telling anyone. Sometimes people look good on paper, but right now we’re trying to have two lawyers making $ 400,000 on housing because they won’t pay their $ 3,000 rent. Give me a break. “

Smith added that this problem occurs often in cottage country, as owners typically leave after Thanksgiving and don’t come back until May.

“I remember that one of my clients noticed that someone was living in their chalet when they started getting electricity bills.

Written by
Neil sharma

Neil covered real estate for several years as a Toronto-based reporter. Prior to joining STOREYS, he was a regular contributor to the Toronto Star, Toronto Sun, National Post, Vice, Canadian Real Estate Wealth and several other publications. Do you have a real estate history? Email him at [email protected]

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