Working with a Porn Star

Reblogger Jason Killam
Real Estate Agent with Only Way Realty SC#48819

Original content by Jeff Dowler CRS CalBRE Lic #01490977

HAH! It's not what you think.

And I bet you're hoping for some illustrative photos for this post. 

 

Would you work with a porn star as a buyer or seller?? 

 

Or would the choice of career be a stumbling block or an ethical or moral issue? And would it raise any issues for you in the process of helping him or her find a home? 

Gated communityI had a phone caller some months ago asking for some information about buying a home in one of our high-end communities. I went through the usual questions - are you currently working with someone or do you have a buyer broker agreement with an agent, and I inquired about the details of what they were looking for, their time frame, and so on.

There were some impressive wants and needs (think $$$$). 

An important question, of course, was price range. Some folks seem uncomfortable talking about this, or say that they know little about an area and don't want to narrow their search too much. Hah. 

Money, money, moneyOf course that makes little sense. If you don't know what you can afford or want to spend (and haven't talked with a mortgage professional if not a cash buyer) we have a problem. And some communities simply won't accommodate certain price points. But not being willing to talk about it raises a big red flag.

In any case, the caller's answer was cash, between $3 and $5 million. Pretty cool, I could work with that. And in the community of interest, and given what this person was looking for, it would work just fine.

There were a couple of potential issues given their requirements, such as concerns about HOA restrictiveness and size of property. 

I offered to send along some listings based on the criteria as a way of educating them about what they could acquire, and asked for the email address in addition to the phone number. It was a little odd but so what. 

As I always do I did a little Google sleuthing, namely on the email address but also the name. My oh my. If I was a tad bit suspicious about the email address, the Google search confirmed this suspicion in spades. 

Now if you are thinking, or hoping, I'll reveal the name or other information, I'm gonna disappoint you. No permission to do that, and it isn't relevant. Suffice it to say this prospect has quite the career and very likely would raise a few eyebrows in many communities. I suspected so particularly in the exclusive area where this star was renting for a few months (primary residence is in LA) and was considering a second home purchase. 

Things did not progress beyond the initial inquiry but I couldn't help thinking about the home search process, how sellers and their agents might respond if the information came to light, and the potential reactions of neighbors. Word gets around, whether you like it or not. Being private can be a challenge, even harder if one has a celebrity status, clothed or not. No, it's not really their business. 

Is there a requirement to disclose? Nope, not as far as I know. 

Is it a moral or ethical matter. Hmmm, could be on a personal level. 

What if the client, instead, was a drug dealer? Or turned out to be a pedophile? A member of the mob? Would this matter? Would you help them find a home? And are you potentially liable if the sellers, agent, or neighbors find out? 

Your thoughts?

 

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Porn star is very different than being a drug dealer, may not like porn but it is legal.  If they have the money they should be able to live in the neigborhood they want

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Richard Ruggaber
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I live and work in the San Fernando Valley, Ca.  It's the porn capital of the world.  I am sure some of the homes I caravan and have  sold over the years have had some sort of porn shot in them.  I may have even had a client or two that are in the porn industry (never asked) I don't have an issue with that at all.  For the most part these people are making a living at what they do and who am I to judge.  Now on the other hand if it was a drug dealer or pedophile I would not work with either.  That is a whole other kettle of fish that I would not touch with a ten foot pool. 

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