How far would a buyer go to keep other offers away from a new listing?

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Real Estate Agent with Godzyk Real Estate Services NH License 033394

Have you ever seen a buyer sabotage another buyers chances of buying a home? I am seeing a disturbing trend that started with keys disappearing from lock boxes every now and then. You often think the agent put them in their pocket and forgot. But how about breaking the lock of the front door of a vacant home? What could be coincidence, does not seem like a prankster or a break in. 

 

With a new Manchester NH area home listing priced to sell, I knew we would get a great deal of showings and offers. Half way through the day i started getting calls people could not get in. I told them i had been there myself and the lock was working fine. They said "there is no lock". I drove down to investigate, followed foot prints in the snow and found the lock with lock box attached behind a bush. I got a good shot of the foot print, size and have narrowed it down.

 

 

WHAT WERE THEY THINKING? Well perhaps someone was short sighted to think stopping showings would give their offer a better chance? I will get to the bottom of this and may have to place trail cams or such on future listings.

 

 

The HARD FACTS is that in some markets there is a shortage of homes for sale. The best chance to get your offer accepted is making your bets offer first. 

 

 

THE BOTTOM LINE is that there is a Right way and a Wrong to BUY or SELL a home. Buyers and Sellers need real answers and real solutions. Communication is key. Having a GOOD agent is a must. A buyer broker MUST update a buyer about market conditions and help that buyer get their offer accepted.

 

The HARD TRUTH  is the BEST way to go about any home sale or purchase is to know that the consumer should not choose just any agent, choose the BEST agent for the job. My philosophy is simple, provide more personal and professional service to guide my clients through each step of the buying or selling process. All Agents are not created equal and every buyer or seller should take the time to hire the BEST not just the biggest. By using a philosophy, which is simple, to provide more personal and professional service to guide my clients through each step of the buying or selling process, I can help you find your dream home.

 

 

It is important to Hire the BEST Agent. In NH that could be me.  By using a philosophy, which is simple, to provide more personal and professional service to guide my clients through each step of the buying or selling process, I can help you find your dream home .

 

 

                                 

It does not take magic to turn your "For Sale" sign into a "Sold" sign. It takes a full time Local Agent who specializes in Listing homes like yours.

 

 To CONTACT Scott Godzyk please call 603.661.2121 or EMAIL: Sctprop@aol.com .

 

About the Author: Scott Godzyk is the Owner/Broker of the Godzyk Real Estate Services in Manchester NH. Proud to be locally owned and operated with 30 years of experience, Scott is a leading Agent for Listing and Selling Homes in this area.We are Full Time Agents ready to serve all of your Real Estate needs with an infamous philosophy, which is simple: To provide more personal and professional service to guide my clients through each step of the buying or selling process. 

 

You can search for Manchester area Homes For Sale by clicking here. what is for sale by clicking here.

 

 

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Anna Banana Kruchten CRS,CRB
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Good grief what some agents do is beyond comprehensive.  I did hear of this happening when our market was on fire in 04 to 05 - crazy stuff was happening all the time.

Jan 12, 2017 12:02 PM #14
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Chris Ann Cleland
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I remember the key stealing was a thing about the time I got my license.  It was hard for me to believe an agent would go to those lengths, but it happened.  That was also back in the days when buyer's agents would often be absent from showings.  I ran into my fair share of buyers who were agentless, coming out of homes with combo locks.  Always disturbed me.

Jan 12, 2017 12:10 PM #15
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Kathleen Daniels
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Scott,  I had a similar thing happen. It was the listing agent of a competing listing in the same building.  It's shameful what people will do and shocking what they get away with.

Jan 12, 2017 02:31 PM #16
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Debbie Laity
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I haven't seen or heard of this happening in my area. Thank goodness. It's too bad you have to spend extra money, time and energy to combat these stupid tactics. 

Jan 12, 2017 02:41 PM #17
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Scott Godzyk
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Every day is a new surprise in this business Wayne Martin 

Jan 12, 2017 04:01 PM #18
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Scott Godzyk
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Nancy Robinson Ranked #111 by Real Trends/Wall Street Journal it seems to be happening only with the bank owned homes, i have put cameras up and will get the person  the next time. 

Jan 12, 2017 04:03 PM #19
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Scott Godzyk
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Exactly Liz and Bill Spear, i have had and heard of others whose keys disappear but this is the first time a lock box was taken.  

Jan 12, 2017 04:04 PM #20
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Scott Godzyk
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I am hearing many of many "mistakes" Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 but this was taking the cake. 

Jan 12, 2017 04:05 PM #21
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Scott Godzyk
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WIth a shortage of homes, the investors go nuts for new bank owned homes Bill Roberts. We will be under contract soon, that ever waiting signature delays thesebank owned sales too often

Jan 12, 2017 04:12 PM #22
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Scott Godzyk
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The banks mandate combo boxes and that is a risk, my new cameras though will do the trick Nina Hollander 

Jan 12, 2017 04:13 PM #23
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Scott Godzyk
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They do Noah Seidenberg and some a little more than others

Jan 12, 2017 04:14 PM #24
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
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Perhaps Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC i am on their  track

Jan 12, 2017 04:14 PM #25
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
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That is what i ask Belinda Spillman , i would say greed

Jan 12, 2017 04:15 PM #26
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Scott Godzyk
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It seems worse now with less homes for sale Anna Banana Kruchten 

Jan 12, 2017 04:15 PM #27
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Scott Godzyk
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I am thinking an agent is giving their investor clients the code and sending them Chris Ann Cleland , i am chasing a good lead and close to cracking this on my own

Jan 12, 2017 04:17 PM #28
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Scott Godzyk
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Recently i heard about a lock box getting nail polish spille don it in a small condo complex that had 2 for sale, only 1 box got the polish so hmmm Kathleen Daniels 

Jan 12, 2017 04:18 PM #29
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It is a big waste of time Debbie Laity but i am close to wrapping it up and they wont be showing mine or anyone listings soon. 

Jan 12, 2017 04:18 PM #30
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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I'm surprised that any agents who would steal keys out of lockboxes aren't hauled before ethics Board of Realtor Ethics Committees.

Jan 12, 2017 06:19 PM #31
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Nina Hollander
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Scott Godzyk ~ hi Scott... I had not heard that about banks mandating combo boxes. Then again, I don't list foreclosure homes, but I'm sure I've shown some that had Supras.... hard to remember, as I can't remember the last time I had a foreclosure to show in Charlotte.

Jan 13, 2017 03:53 AM #32
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Scott- can you see me shaking my head.  There's really no excuse for this. 

Jan 14, 2017 02:40 PM #33
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