PROFESSIONAL HOUSE SITTERS

By
Real Estate Agent with COLDWELL BANKER RESIDENTIAL BROKERAGE

There seems to be a growth in the House Sitter profession in light of the length of time it takes to sell property these days.  The media is circulating stories about squatters and/or homeless people setting up residence in vacant houses as well as vacant Staged homes being burglarized.

House sitting is an interesting and troublesome concept from the Real Estate Agent's perspective because (1) at what point should an Agent bring up the subject of using a House Sitter; (2) how should an Agent or homeowner go about finding a reputable House Sitter; (3) what will the Agent's liability be in participating in the selection of a House Sitter; and (4) who should prepare the House Sitting agreement?

GLORIA LAUGHTON ALLSTON, REALTOR, GREEN, SRES

Comments (4)

Leslie Hackmeister
Moon Real Estate, Utah - Farmington, UT

 Here is a link to a company based out of Salt Lake City.  They work all over the country.  I havent used them myself so don't know about contracts but they screen the sitters and require that the sitters maintain the home in show condition at all times and the seller gets a small about for rent each month.  The concept is a win win. 

http://www.hometenders.net/

 

May 12, 2009 08:50 AM
Gloria Laughton Allston
COLDWELL BANKER RESIDENTIAL BROKERAGE - Princeton, NJ
Realtor(NJ)/Broker(NY)

Thanks Leslie but this site seems to be more of a HOUSEKEEPING site rather than one that will provide someone who will just "live" there for minimal rent and be prepared to vacate on short notice.

 

May 12, 2009 09:01 AM
Leslie Hackmeister
Moon Real Estate, Utah - Farmington, UT

It does look that way doesn't it?  You might try click around within the site.  It gives more information. 

May 13, 2009 02:33 AM
Susan McLaughlin
Keller Williams Realty - East Monmouth - Red Bank, NJ
Monmouth County Real Estate

I've seen pieces about House Tenders on WNBC & FOX news regarding options for houses that aren't selling.  They are definitely house sitters, not housekeepers.  The "if" part for me is that the concept assumes the house sitter has attractive and appropriate furniture for the place.

Feb 17, 2011 04:10 AM