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Real estate agent squatted in Laguna Beach home, client alleges

October 4, 2011 | 11:01 am

A Laguna Beach homeowner reported to police that she believed her real estate agent was squatting in her vacant home while the sale closed.

The woman reported on Sept. 25 that she and the Realtor who had helped her sell her Loretta Street home had a "falling out" during escrow, according to Laguna Beach Police Lt. Jason Kravetz.

She could not fire the real estate agent because she was contractually obligated to continue with the sale, Kravetz said.

The woman reported that documents that required her approval had forged signatures on them. After noticing this, she went to her home to retrieve a key from the lockbox, Kravetz said. It was when she arrived that she noticed that cable and gas were set up for the home, indicating someone was staying there.

She reported that she saw her real estate agent's desk and chairs inside her home, indicating he may have been using her home as an office.

Detectives are investigating, Kravetz told the Coastline Pilot. Charges have not been filed.

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— Joanna Clay, Times Community News

Twitter: @joannaclay

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