Estate agents advise clients to protect homes after house party viral video surfaces
LAKE MARY, Florida. – A social media video appears to show a wild party at an $8 million beach house in Florida. Deputies said teenagers broke into the house and chaos ensued. Now they are actively looking for each of them.
In multiple videos on the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, investigators said revelers were seen trying on the owner’s jewelry, dancing in the hallway and having a boxing match in the lobby . FOX 35 News sent the video to Richard Dempsey, a senior luxury real estate adviser with more than three decades in the industry.
“This is crazy. Just crazy,” Dempsey said as he scrolled through each video.
He has been busy selling luxury properties like the one used for the party and is currently selling this $25 million mansion in Orlando. Dempsey said people with high-end homes on the market often run the risk of others trying to enter or break into the property.
“We have a saying in the office, ‘when the market is crazy, the crazy come out,'” Dempsey said.
Walton County sheriff’s officials said they were alerted to the massive party by a noise complaint. It’s unclear if the owner had cameras, but Dempsey said it was your sign to get some.
“Practical, common-sense security measures to ensure your property is protected,” Dempsey said, “A security system would have alerted homeowners long before it came to this.”
Law enforcement officials in Central Florida have had to shut down other types of unauthorized parties at vacation rentals. In 2020, Osceola County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested more than a dozen people after a series of rowdy parties in the Windsor at Westside subdivision.
Dempsey said he advises customers not to list their properties on Airbnb while waiting to sell. He said the extra money reward may be too high a risk.
“If you’re trying to sell, listing on the Airbnb rental type isn’t very smart,” Dempsey said, “it opens it up to a lot of risk.”
Airbnb is also working to crack down on unauthorized parties at some of these million-dollar rentals or other vacation homes.
Around New Year’s Eve, the company wouldn’t let guests with negative reviews book overnight stays in Orlando or Kissimmee. He hoped to reduce the chances of guests using it for parties.
FOX 35 has contacted Airbnb to see if restrictions will be in place again for July 4, but we are still awaiting a response.