We were clutching our pearls when we heard about the two New Jersey Coldwell Banker agents who were caught on candid camera having several vigorous romps in a listing. After discovering that their agent, Robert Lindsay, was entertaining a blonde woman later identified as fellow Coldwell Banker agent Jeannemarie Phelan.

They were spotted on security cameras getting hot and heavy all over the home on 13 separate occasions, said homeowner Robert Weiner in a recent Inside Edition report, who is now suing Lindsay and the Coldwell Banker office, alleging that the agent involved intentionally overpriced Weiner’s home in order to use it as a love shack. Here are a few more details from a CBS New York report:

The lawsuit alleged Lindsay and Phelan used the Weiners’ home as their play pad to have sexual relations while the couple was at work.

In this difficult real estate market, homes are typically priced to sell. But the plaintiffs said Lindsay purposely priced the Weiners’ house to sit at $650,000.

“Lindsay intentionally listed the house at above market value so there would be little traffic in the home,” the lawsuit said.

The Weiners claimed Lindsay made his very own key, so he would not have to use the electronic lock box that keeps track of visiting agents.

And the suit said everything was caught on surveillance camera.

The suit was filed in the Passaic County Law Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey. The plaintiffs claimed breach of contract, negligence, and infliction of emotional damage. It sought unspecified damages.

This is so dodgy, folks, and seems terribly stupid considering that Lindsay and Phelan both noticed the security cameras during their trysts, but continued to get busy in Weiner’s vacant home despite the surveillance equipment. Gross!

Here’s the statement from the Coldwell Banker office following the Inside Edition report:

In a statement to INSIDE EDITION, Coldwell Banker said: “Immediately after learning of the allegation of improper behavior at the property by two independent contractors in January 2012, we ceased our affiliation with the agents. These agents have not listed or sold properties on our behalf since the allegation of misconduct at the home was first reported. The alleged misconduct at the home does not in any way represent how we conduct business as a company, and certainly is not reflective of the quality, commitment and integrity of our management or the more than 3,200 sales professionals affiliated with our company.  We hold affiliated agents to the highest ethical standards.” – Hal Maxwell, president Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage New Jersey.

So, what we want to know is whether you, our dear readers, have heard of any hanky panky happening at a listing? What do you think about these agents and their actions?

Atlantic Cities Uber


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Update: Here’s an online form to write to your city council person and tell them to leave Uber alone!

Living in a city has a lot to do with transportation. You want to get from A to B in the most convenient, safest way possible. In NYC, Boston, Chicago, and LA, you have tons of choices, including catching a ride from any of the hundreds of cabs that circulate through these cities.

So, what’s the problem? Well, try hailing a cab in Dallas and your question is answered. It is impossible to find a ride unless you call a cab dispatcher, and with more bars and restaurants popping up in downtown, and greater density in Uptown and the Park Cities, we need a way to find a ride when we are carless or shouldn’t otherwise drive. Public transit increases accessibility and desirability of urban areas, and Dallas just doesn’t have enough of it.

Uber ScreenThat’s why I really like the idea of Uber. In the age of smart phones, we have a serious need for a smart company such as this that connects a person desiring a service with a service provider, especially considering our dearth of public transit options and the lack of cabs in our growing urban core. It fills a gap left between light rail, bus service, and cab companies when it comes to ease of use and accessibility. Also, the guys who run Uber are ridiculously smart, using trip data from their app to discover trends that will help the company adapt and develop strategies. Brilliant stuff. Imagine what they could learn from Dallas …

What does Uber do? The service, which launched in Dallas a year ago, dispatches a car to your location via a smartphone app and GPS coordinates. Obviously, this irritates cab companies, but let’s be serious about one thing — Uber is serving a group of people that weren’t using cabs. And asking City Hall to cut Uber out of the equation, as this story from the Dallas Morning News suggests, is ridiculous.

Cab companies should compete with Uber in the new market the company has created for itself. Likewise, they shouldn’t be able to create a city-sanctioned monopoly in an urban area that already suffers from a severe lack of public transportation options. People obviously want Uber, as well as more accessible transit.

What do you think?

Jenna Bush baby familyI’ll bet Jenna Bush Hager and her cute hubby, Henry, sure wish they had bought a place in Dallas. They would get a bigger home to bring home baby Mila, and mom and dad would be nearby. Instead, because of work, they bought a cute townhome in the Federal Hill area of Baltimore back in 2008, shortly after they married. They tried to sell the 3 bedroom, 3 bath historic home that dates back to the 1880’s in late 2010, to no avail  They lowered the price to $449,000, only $9,000 more than they paid, according to Curbed. Still no action. So they did what any smart young couple does who wants to move to New York but owns real estate: they leased it. Jenna Baltimore townhome 2 Jenna Baltimore townhome

Lo and behold, intrepid reporters at The Baltimore Sun decided to go all out “Woodward and Bernstein”-style: they discovered that Jenna and Henry were still getting a homestead exemption on their property taxes for owning the house, even though they had moved away. Get this:

That month, The Sun reported that the couple had moved out of their end-unit home in the 1300 block of S. Charles St. after 21/2 years and put it on the market. Days later, The Washington Post reported that the Hagers had decamped for New York so Jenna could be close to her twin sister, Barbara, and the “Today” show, where she’s a correspondent. Tax-credit activist Matt Gonter quickly alerted state assessors to the development. A month later, though, Henry Hager notified the state assessments agency in writing that the house was still the couple’s residence, Charles said. In an interview, Hager said that until July of last year he was living in the house during the week working at Constellation Energy and traveling to New York on weekends to be with his wife.

But then, oops: when the new tax year began, the Hagers got their tax break of a whopping $296, a break they should not have “enjoyed” because the house was now a rental.

“That is an honest mistake on my part,” said Hager, adding that he called the state assessments agency Monday trying to set things right. “I wasn’t familiar enough, quite frankly, with the tax credit and its existence. I’ll repay whatever I owe.”

That $296 is really going to plump up the Maryland economy. All this complication with property taxes is enough to drive a young person to rent!

This is pretty cool to those of us obsessed with second or vacation homes. Which is, like all of us. Everyone knows that the Hamptons is the vacation home playground of Manhattan — or it is? Actually, yes. A cool blog called PropertyShark did all this research to find that 35 percent of Hamptons vacation homes are owned by Manhattanites, who have poured $20.8 BILLION into homes here, paying $100 million in property taxes.  Overseas buyers own only about 100 vacation homes in the area, with three quarters of those owners hailing from Britain.

I’d like to do this with Colorado and Santa Fe. I’ll estimate 25% of vaca homes in those states are owned by Texans… what do you think?

When it comes to selling your home, experts agree hands down the kitchen is the most important home in the house! If you have limited funds and must choose your upgrade areas, a decision that can make you feel like choosing which kid you love best, sink that money in the kitchen first, master bath second.

But what if you could get your kitchen made over for FREE??? Entirely possible.

On October 1, the folks at Snappy Kitchens up in Carrollton are kicking off a contest that ends with three lucky winners, one of whom will receive a complete kitchen makeover, FREE. “The Neediest Kitchens” contest lasts three months, and one lucky ducky winner will be selected each month. Here’s how they are breaking it down to as to not break the bank: the October winner gets new hardware and faucets, the November winner gets a new countertop and sink, and the December winner gets a new backsplash. Then one of those lucky people who’s Fairy Godmaother is watching will be chosen for the whole shebang total kitchen redo. If you live in the Dallas area and you think your kitchen qualifies, submit photos STAT to Snappy Kitchens’ Facebook page. The winner will be determined by crowd-sourcing, or popular vote, and the first winner will be selected on Halloween, October 31.

Just to show you that kitchen miracles DO happen:

New York City, of course, is first with 53 billionaires who collectively are worth $1.53 trillion. But Forbes Magazine says Dallas came in right behind the Big Apple with 17 of the wealthiest, beating out San Francisco at 16. Of course, a lot of billionaires are scattered along the Peninsula south of San Fran. But then, I saw that Fort Worth had 8 billionaires, which collectively makes 25 of the world’s richest billionaires residents of North Texas.

I’m looking for their homes, all of them, starting with Andy Beal, worth $7 billion, Beal Bank. If you know where he lives, please email

I’ve written about most of the others, so this ought to be fun.

A little NYC Hotel Porn courtesy of Dallas Cantoni over on

Update: My friend Samantha tells me more about her grandparents’ amazing Kingston, NY home:

“The kitchen is a box off of that living room they showed (below). It has the ugliest wallpaper ever (brown armadillos – I think) with very outdated cabinets. The washer and dryer are in the kitchen as well. I am positive that the new owners had to put in new appliances as well – especially the stove (my grandmother had dementia late in life and burned the crap out of the stove and burners). The bedrooms overlook the back yard. All have big windows and the same outdated cabinets. It does appear that the boys (as my mother calls them) did update the patio – which is very nice. There are two bathrooms – one green that has a shower stall and linen closet and the other brown that had the bathtub.”

“Not sure what my grandparents paid to have the house built, but I think the new owners probably got it for $350K,¬† but I’m not sure.

It was super unique for it’s time and for the area they live in. I never heard it called the Jetson’s house nor the trailer in the sky. My sister and I are convinced that when the new owners speak of people slowing down to look – they are referring to us being looky loos!”