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Coldwell Banker and Agent being Sued Because of Indiscretions in the Home

Did you hear about the Coldwell Banker Burnet agent, Steven Skar, who is in the middle of a lawsuit along with his former broker because some sellers in Minnesota are suing him for having some indiscretions in their house?? This story is hilarious... I'm sure it's sad for the sellers, but when you read all the details, it's pretty darn funny to think an agent would be so stupid!

messy houseThe premise is that this agent has the house listed and the sellers leave the country for a few months. While the sellers are gone, the neighbors emailed the sellers some concerns about lights being on and their agent being there at odd times.

Long story short, the sellers come home to a house that is completely stained and soiled. I'm sorry, but what kind of stuff could be going on where they have soiled that many things in that many rooms, and we're not talking about the agent throwing a "party" in the house??

Coldwell Banker Burnet actually spent over $7000 to clean the home and replace things that were ruined, but that's not good enough for the home owners, and I don't blame them. They are grossed out and can't even live in the house.  They don't like the idea of certain activities going on in their "marital bed".

What was this agent thinking?  Is he that sloppy in his own home? From the details, it just sounds completely and utterly gross. How do you get stains on a lamp? ICK!

The agent had his license stripped by the state so he's no longer allowed to practice real estate.  I'm not sure exactly what other punishment they can dish out to him, but it makes you wonder if you know of anyone capable of doing something like this.

For the entire story, read it here.

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Comment balloon 15 commentsDonna Harris • August 15 2010 08:22PM


Wow, in my own state and everything. How have I missed this news? Crazy that an agent would be that rude to ruin a house.

Posted by Lindsey Hasford, Bringing you home... (Edina Realty) about 10 years ago

Wow... that's not only gross ... it's stupid. What was this man thinking?

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) about 10 years ago

My, I can't imagine what this crazy agent was thinking, well, he got caught and what he deserved.

Posted by Rita Fong, Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale (RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 ) about 10 years ago

Cheaper than a motel... and maybe nicer?  But that doesn't mean our clients homes are our playgrounds. 

Posted by Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy (Century 21 Results Realty) about 10 years ago

A few years ago an agent in DC told me a similar story.  Some people just don't think.

Posted by Bruce Brockmeier, Coached By Crouch (Internet Marketing Consultant to REALTORSĀ®) about 10 years ago

Hi Donna... Poor judgement does not even begin to cover this one!

Posted by Steve Shatsky about 10 years ago

Utterly gross. You're right. I hate to start imagining. But you would think most people would at least have their heads on right. But not this one, I guess.

It's bad that the BROKER got involved too. It's hard to be perfectly responsible for another adult's action.

Do I really want to SPONSOR agents? Just the thought freaks me out. I have no control who does what on their "personal" time.

Posted by Loreena and Michael Yeo, Real Estate Agents (3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co.) about 10 years ago

Now that was totally gross. Wonder how many new listings the broker is going to get after this.

Posted by Mike Saunders (Lanier Partners) about 10 years ago

This is just plain weird!  Maybe that agent should lose his license...

Posted by Shirley Parks, Broker, 210-414-0966, San Antonio TX Real Estate (Sands Realty 210-414-0966) about 10 years ago

Unbelievable that anyone would do that. Thank goodness for good, caring neighbors who alerted the homeowners. This is a disgrace to our profession.


Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) about 10 years ago

Lindsey, And it's been going on for a couple of months too. Did you look up the property? Did it sell?

Richard, He wasn't?

Rita, But dragging his broker down with him...

Lane, From the picture in the story, the house doesn't look all that nice... just sayin'...

Bruce, Of course this wouldn't be the first time...

Steve, Nope, not at all.

Loreena, It's legally the broker's listing, so they would have to get involved. Sad.

Mike, True...

Shirley, He did.

Missy, I know!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - about 10 years ago

What a bunch of idiots. 

Posted by Greg Nino, Houston, Texas (RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP) about 10 years ago

Donna - I hope this guy had fun while it lasted. What was he thinking

Posted by Ken Barker RealtorĀ® GRI, E-Pro Certified (Dilbeck Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Unbelievable...I did not see that one!

Posted by Holly Weatherwax, A Great Real Estate Experience ( Associate Broker, Momentum Realty) about 10 years ago

I've heard of agents doing some really stupid things but that takes the cake. How short sighted can someone be to throw away their career like that.

Posted by Larry Riggs, GRI, SRS Your Frederick County Specialist (Century 21 Redwood) about 10 years ago