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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities - Stevens Point, WI
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Most of our alarm systems have teeth around here, we make sure they are in a kennel before entering.

May 15, 2017 12:32 AM
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Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor

Fortunately, my experience is that I come across alarm systems when showing homes less than 1% of the time... but it is always a bit stressful when they are on.

May 15, 2017 03:55 AM
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Praful Thakkar
eXp Realty - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Paul S. Henderson, CRS, REALTOR®, I usually request sellers to disarm the alarm system when some buyers are visiting the home.

May 14, 2017 11:40 PM
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Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
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I'm ok with it as long as I have time to disarm the alarm.

May 15, 2017 02:37 AM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
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I like for a seller to walk me through to actually put in the number with them present. I recently sold a house with an old Key pad, the numbers were small and not lit, it was difficult to see and caused a couple of bad codes to increase that beeping before i got the right one in a couple of times

May 15, 2017 05:54 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I have no problem with them as long as the showing instructions give the right codes.

May 15, 2017 05:27 AM
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Jennifer Mackay
Keller Williams Success Realty - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

I really haven't had this issue yet - I get the code, turn it off and turn it on when I leave.

May 15, 2017 05:17 AM
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Nathan Gesner
American West Realty & Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

Alarm systems are like a comfort blanket covered in spikes. It provides the owner comfort but hurts at the same time.

May 15, 2017 05:05 AM
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Area Real Estate

I think they should be off during home selling. Sorry, but there are just too many problems & agents that just don't get it.

May 15, 2017 05:04 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

I had an alarm system at my last home and never used it.... I always detested them and asked the homeowners of my listings to disarm them while the home was on the market....

May 15, 2017 04:57 AM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I have a small bit of anxiety about it. It makes me feel rushed.

May 15, 2017 04:54 AM
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Jeff Dowler
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
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Only when I am not told about them. I've only set off one

May 15, 2017 04:45 AM
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Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
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I definitely harbor a bit of angst when I know I'll be up against an alarm system during my showing travels... There never seems to be any continuity to the systems and I'm not a fan of being at the mercy of the listing agent's instructions.  ;)

May 15, 2017 04:24 AM
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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

Yes, love/hate is about the right description. I always hope I have enough time to locate the key pad, put on my reading glasses, and punch in the numbers... 

May 15, 2017 03:48 AM
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Elyse Berman, PA, CRS
Realty Associates Florida Properties - Boca Raton, FL
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Paul S. Henderson, CRS, REALTOR®,  I don't mind them as long as I have the code.  It's easier if they are turned off though.

May 15, 2017 03:45 AM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
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Hopefully, they are turned off for showings.

May 15, 2017 03:32 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

Praful Thakkar nailed this one!

May 15, 2017 03:09 AM
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

I guess it's a preference and it does give some people a peace of mind.

May 15, 2017 06:58 PM
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Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Hmm --- tenant occupied - don't let the dog/cat out(they are escape artists) - if you set off the alarm system you will need to pay the fine -  no need to preview ----  each of these comments in the agent only remarks in the mls - create a certain level of uncomfortableness. However, it seems as if I deal with it.   

May 15, 2017 05:58 AM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

I know that 'hope and pray' feeling when showing homes with alarms! There's definitely a bit of angst until you've successfully disarmed it!

Many people in my area are using their cell phones to disarm their systems prior to showings and I'm loving that!

May 15, 2017 05:55 AM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

To each their own in the choice. I am not an alarm fan especially when showing property. Sends a nervous message to buyers until they become the owner.

May 15, 2017 05:35 AM
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Debbie Reynolds
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I advise my sellers to consider not arming them during showing times. I have  had alarms screech at me more times than I want to remember. 

May 15, 2017 08:14 PM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I don't mind them as I have them on my house and cabin so I use them all the time.

May 15, 2017 06:22 PM
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Anna Banana Kruchten,CRS,CRB,GRI
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
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Paul they don't bother me as I've been using them since my first year in the biz.  And with that said.... my first showing with an alarm bothered me  A LOT as nobody told me there was an alarm and the police showed up. There I am in  high end home surrounded by cops.....gee what kind of job is this!  Looking back it was kinda of funny. The cops were great and my clients bought the house - the next day.

May 15, 2017 04:55 PM
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Mick Michaud
Distinctly Texas Lifestyle Properties, LLC Office:682/498-3107 - Granbury, TX
Your Texas Lifestyle is Here!

Hate alarms when showing. 

May 15, 2017 12:17 PM
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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Alarms can be quite traumatic during showings - turning them off, re-alarming and so on. I've had LA's forget to tell me about them or give me bad instructions for turning off.

May 15, 2017 11:44 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
www.HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

So long as it's upfront in the MLS and there is a sign on the lockbox, it's never been an issue.  Most sellers either leave them off or will remotely disarm them for the showing or provide a "realtor code".

May 15, 2017 09:33 AM
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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

I have no problem with their use and prefer to have the system armed when entering. The hate comes from agents not providing accurate codes or instruction to properly disarm  them. 

May 15, 2017 09:26 AM
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Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

They are stressful as a buyers agent. -Kasey

May 15, 2017 07:44 AM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

forewarned is forearmed...literally

May 15, 2017 07:17 AM
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Fred Griffin
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Hate.

Will avoid showing that property if possible.

May 15, 2017 07:08 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing

No, 

May 15, 2017 07:05 AM
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Harry F. D'Elia
Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
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The are a necessity

May 15, 2017 07:04 AM
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale - Probate Broker

Ideally the alarms are off  during showing times when the home is listed. Of course having them on during the evening when there are no showings makes perfect sense. 

May 15, 2017 06:53 AM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

I wave at the camera, clearly audible I advise buyer to 'say not a word. enter the code, show the house.

What I don't like is when agents instructions say the disable keypad is in laundry by garage entrance door. Fortunately, I have good instincts regarding where the kitchen is, and the laundry door is often nearby.

May 15, 2017 06:26 AM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Yes

May 15, 2017 06:26 AM
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Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

I always request sellers to turn off the alarm..it makes showing so much less stressful! You know someone will set it off you can count on it..one of those anticpated issues to remove from the table!

May 15, 2017 06:19 AM
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Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I always recommend Sellers to turn them off for showings.   I have set a few off.

May 17, 2017 02:17 PM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hate when showing homes, some times not enough instruction of where to find them.  One was upstainrs in the bedroom,  took to long to find it.

 

May 17, 2017 07:01 AM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI NMLS#1483386
Realty One Group - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Never a problem. Another reason why I carry a fresh dozen of donuts in my car at all times.

May 16, 2017 06:52 AM
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Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor,CRS,e-Pro
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
Co-Host of Mail-Right's: Real Estate Agent Podcast

My clients get to see me sprint in alram house showings.

May 16, 2017 05:34 AM