“Modern Family” Season 7, Episode 7:  “Phil’s Sexy, Sexy House”

When it comes to showing TV Realtor Phil Dunphy in plausible, work-related situations, the writers for sitcom Modern Family have been remarkably sure-footed spanning almost 150 episodes.

trystSee, “Halloween Night Open Houses“; “Phil Dunphy, (TV) Realtor”;Phil Dunphy’s ‘Modern Family’ Rival: ‘She Lied, She Cheated, She Won“; “Perils of Real Estate Marketing“; “What to Do About the Pornographic Statue on the Front Lawn“; and “Modern Family’s Phil Dunphy on the Housing Market.”

That streak ended last week.

Titled “Phil’s, Sexy, Sexy House,” the episode’s multiple plot lines all involve — spoiler alert — a veritable parade of couples rendezvousing for trysts at one of Phil’s vacant listings.

Can You Say, “Former Agent?” How About, “E-e-e-w-w!”?

Unh-unh — for about 23 different reasons (#5:  what agent shares lockbox codes with their adult children, brother-in-law, etc.??; #17.  who would put a $30 lockbox — vs. a more secure, computerized one — on what appears to be a multi-million dollar listing?).

A real-life Realtor who so much as thought of doing what Phil and his family did would lose their license in a heartbeat.

And face civil and perhaps even criminal liability.

In 13+ years selling real estate, I can only recall one instance of a Twin Cities Realtor “enjoying” their client’s home while the latter was away or already moved out.

The disgraced former agent was deservedly sued by their ex-client, and very publicly humiliated in the local media.

See, “Did Real Estate Agent Play While Owner Was Away?” (Star Tribune; 8/13/2010).

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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