I read the above article on the Foxnews website this morning and several things came to mind. The first...Glad it wasn't me!
- The headline makes it sound like the agent was almost a willing party who "lets in" the crooks.
- It appears there was only one person on site.
- The preparation phase was inadequate.
- You never know who is watching.
Real estate agents often find it difficult to cooperate with each other much less jewel thieves. OK, that is a bit tongue in cheek. I am sure the agent did not open the doors to the thieves on purpose.
Open houses bring all sorts of unknowns into the process. The neighbors, tire kickers, people just wasting time and an occasional prospective buyer may show up at an open house.
Thieves can easily dress up as a buyer and even ask the right questions! It is incumbent on a listing agent to determine the requirements of the open house and bring additional persons to help in the case of a large property.
Sellers need to be aware that strangers will be perusing their home. Sellers need to prepare for selling by removing or securing valuables especially highly pilferage-able, small items like jewelry, money, laptops, etc. Selelrs should secure items like firearms, medications, and important personal papers (financial, passports, etc).
Finally, the good news... There was a surveillance system. Real estate agents and buyers need to always be aware that they are potentially being video-recorded. In this case the agent did not have to try and explain the missing property!
The seller did indicate that this was his last open house. His advice - "appointment only.'"
Stay safe....You never know who cometh through the front door!
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