Zachary Prince I'm sorry that happened to you. I actually just saw your post after mentioning a moment ago in another, unrelated thread how I had a realtor respond to me in a very threatening way fairly recently. I had inadvertently mailed to an owner that had his property listed on the MLS, unbeknownst to me, so within minutes of each other I received, first, a courteous message from the property owner, letting me know that the property was listed for sale and providing me the contact info for his agent if I wanted to make an offer; then followed by a very aggressive and extremely condescending message from his realtor, which I almost wanted to post here because it was so crazy. The agent, having been told by his client that I've sent a letter expressing interest in buying this property, felt compelled to curse at my voicemail and threatened to sue me and contact my state's Attorney General's office, saying that I was guilty of having interfered with his contractual relationship with his client (also called "tortuous interference" in some jurisdictions).
I got pretty worked up at first, and debated back and forth whether I should call the guy back, and/or post a review on Google/Yelp/etc. Ultimately, I waited until the next morning to let everyone cool down, and then called him to calmly let him know that:
- I had no knowledge that he had a contractual relationship with this owner (having no idea the property was listed on MLS when I sent the letter)
- I would gladly remove the owner from my mailing list, as I don't want to waste my money or anyone's time, mailing to people that are not interested in selling me their property
- But I may very well continue to mail to other owners in that area, so there's some chance that we'll cross paths again. If so, I wanted him to know that I had no idea whose properties he had listed or didn't, so these instances were completely accidental, and that there was nothing criminally illegal or civilly actionable in what I was doing.
- Therefore, I hoped we could stay out of each other's way, but if we couldn't, and he felt compelled to take some action against me, then I would have to explore all options available to defend myself.
Total pussy-cat on the phone. It was like a completely different guy than the one who left the voicemail. He still suggested that I include a footnote on my future mailers stating something to the effect that if an owner has their property listed with an agent, this offer was not for them, kind of thing. I thought about that very briefly but to me it feels awkward and I think is completely unnecessary (but I'm not an attorney).
Anyway, in your situation, for whatever it's worth, I think you're doing the right thing by pro-actively reaching out to the police department that has jurisdiction where this person lives, and other than that, by just keeping it moving.