WARMINGTON: ‘Smile,’ you are on a Toronto journalist-turned-realtor’s camera

Desmond Brown finds young partiers during home visit with client

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This time it was ‘say cheese’ rather than putting cheddar on the burgers.  


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And the ‘catch up’ was not on the fries but served by a famous Toronto realtor who relished ending this group of teen’s gravy train by pouring on some vinegar to spoil the festivities.

Desmond Brown caught up to them just as a fresh batch of burgers were about to be grilled. Now it’s these young people who may be in for a grilling and the deep fryer, too. To think this started out as a routine, weekend house showing. Nobody was expecting poutine!

“I had my client with me and they were just going to look at a house for sale,” said Brown, a veteran real estate agent and well-respected journalist at both the National Post and CTV News.

Seems he still has the spot news chops he always had. Once a reporter, always one!

“We were expecting an empty house but it wasn’t empty,” said Brown, who hosts the Sold In The 6ix podcast.


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In fact, there were about ten teens or young adults inside the Beaches-area property, where there was a party in full swing including the making of homemade hamburgers and French fries in the kitchen. It’s a whole new definition for the real estate industry’s normal version of an open house. This one seemed to be open to a bunch of people.

“They definitely weren’t the owners of the home,” said Brown.

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And this wasn’t a restaurant or pub — although there were bottles of Crown Royal and other liquid refreshments available for consumption. Breaking out his phone, Desmond captured video of the invaders, who scurried out of the place like rats under a flashlight beam.

While there were no COVID-19 masks at this gathering, once the camera came on suddenly some were spotted — not to protect from the coronavirus but from being identified.


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“What are you doing in here?” asked one of the partiers. “Are you squatting.”

Brown, who these days runs the Desmond Brown Real Estate Team on Queen St. E., said he couldn’t get over how one of the intruders casually moved around the house gathering up his stuff as if it was he who was the one being inconvenienced.

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Upon inspection, it was determined some of the staged furniture was damaged. It’s still unclear if they got in through a key in the real estate lock box, the door was open — as one of the kids claimed, or if there was some other stealth play on to gain access to this home.

Toronto Police have been called in to investigate. This should be fun because like they say in 2021 — you are always on camera. In this case, one of the cameras was that of award-winning journalist-turned-realtor Brown, who always gets the story.

Not to rub salt in their wounds, but the best line he articulated to the youths in the video was a classic.


Yes, it seems, someone’s buns just got burned!



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