Jack Lewitz (Exit Strategy Realty)

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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I had professional transients move into a empty tear down scheduled to be demolished for a major project and when I told them to leave, they produced a rental agreement with a signature of the former owner (the one we bought from) which they fabricated. It was their word against mine and this transient was good and Intelligent. However, I knew it was a lie but how to prove it? We bought it from the owner who lived there and moved out leaving it vacant for months. I called the police. Both of us appeared in the right and the cop says...take it to court. That would mean holding up this huge project with many months delay.  What the police didn't know is how bad the City Council, Mayor and the school board and his fellow police wanted this project because it included a new school and would close down a ghetto area and replace it with new gated condos/school. When I explained to the cop how I would have to call the Mayor about what happened, he made some phone calls, came back, told these people to be out with a deadline or off to jail they go. I was amazed of how intricate the scam was (and told the transients so) and how power can do much good and lack of it much harm.

Aug 08, 2016 11:23 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

That is a strange, but true story. I'm sure I have a few, but too early in the day to try to remember history.

Aug 08, 2016 10:42 PM
Raj Taj
RE/MAX - Lake Bluff, IL
Drive By Blessings!

Many years ago a male homeowner raped a male intruder who broke in. Rape is never funny, but this is the one exception.

Aug 09, 2016 07:48 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

I have several.

Your story involves not only bad ethics on the part of the agent, but potential criminal trespass by the Buyer.

Aug 09, 2016 12:31 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD


Aug 08, 2016 11:05 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Wow what a story.  I don't understand under what provision the seller could cancel the sale?

Aug 08, 2016 10:53 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I hope the seller hired  a lawyer.

Aug 08, 2016 10:33 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

After 18 years you bet!

Aug 09, 2016 03:33 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Lots of them!  It's often blog fodder.

Aug 09, 2016 02:53 PM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

Wow, that is some story.  I had a listing and the buyers agent let the buyers unload their truck into the garage at the time of the final walkthru. When the out of town seller's daughter came to move the last of the furniture out the agent told her I gave them permission.  Which was not true.  The seller was livid! I got the blame but I had nothing to do with it.

Aug 09, 2016 02:37 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

I have many- and they have all aged me beyond my years 

Aug 09, 2016 12:33 PM
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

When I was handling a lot of REOs I delivered an eviction notice to an owner. She asked me a few questions and I discovered she really knew how to work the system. She had lived in the house over 5 years without making any mortgage payments and had 6 renters paying her to stay there. Free housing for her plus over $3,000/month in income!

Aug 09, 2016 11:57 AM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Jack Lewitz I have a few strange but true stories.

Aug 09, 2016 11:19 AM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

WOW; your story is a tough one to beat. Let me think on this one a while!

Aug 09, 2016 06:42 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I have too many to write down here.

Aug 09, 2016 05:48 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I have quite a few.  From the seller who cancelled their utilities before the inspection, to the agents that forged seller signatures, to short sale agents committing bank fraud as well as other unethical and illegal actions... and the bank not caring when informed of it!

Aug 09, 2016 04:05 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

We all do.

Your seller may have been foolish to cancel the contract, why not just move up the closing.

Aug 09, 2016 01:18 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

That is a case for an ethics complaint to be filed asgainst the agent. It was clearly outside of her jurisdiction to hand over a key.

Aug 09, 2016 12:48 AM
Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

I would of had the buyer move out. Why cancel the contract?

Aug 09, 2016 12:30 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Nothing really comes to mind to compare, but I'll be back if I think of something worthy of sharing

Aug 09, 2016 12:14 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Jack Lewitz A lot of true stories, but nothing strange.

Aug 08, 2016 11:26 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Your story is strange.  Not sure I have anything that I recall that could beat it.  

Aug 08, 2016 11:22 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

That is too bad...... Often try to forget this bad news.

Aug 08, 2016 11:12 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Yes, but not fit for print! Many were exposed!

Aug 08, 2016 11:12 PM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

That is a bit extreme to cancel sale.

Aug 08, 2016 11:10 PM