Pathways to Professionalism: Respect for Property

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners

The following are some professional courtesies that every REALTOR should strive for. Using good manners is important in this business that is built on relationships. These 8 suggestions are all ways that show respect for property.

1.      Be responsible for everyone you allow to enter listed property.

2.      Never allow buyers to enter listed property unaccompanied.

3.      When showing property, keep all members of the group together.

4.      Never allow unaccompanied access to property without permission.

5.      Enter property only with permission even if you have a lockbox key or combination.

6.      When the occupant is absent, leave the property as you found it (lights, heating, cooling, drapes, etc).  If you think something is amiss (e.g. vandalism) contact the listing broker immediately. 

7.      Be considerate of the seller's property.  Do not allow anyone to eat, drink, smoke, dispose of trash, use bathing or sleeping facilities, or bring pets.  Leave the house as you found it unless instructed otherwise.

8.      Use sidewalks; if weather is bad, take off shoes and boots inside property.


It's a great time to buy a home in Georgia, whether you're a first-time home buyer or not, and I would love to walk you through this process. If you are in the market to buy or sell your home in the Bethlehem or Dacula area, I would be happy to assist you! My passion is helping people find their dream home and stepping them through this exciting journey. I serve the Walton, Barrow and Gwinnett county areas. Call or text me today: 404.357.2231!


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Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
Caring expertise...knowledge for you!

Good list!    Thanks for sharing.

Jun 22, 2009 03:41 AM #1
Bill Gillhespy
16 Sunview Blvd - Fort Myers Beach, FL
Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos

Hi Anne,  Good list although keeping all of them together sometimes just doesn't work !

Jun 22, 2009 03:44 AM #2
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

HAHA Bill that's the truth! :)

Jun 22, 2009 04:13 AM #3
Sheldon Neal
Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited - Maywood, NJ
That British Agent Bergen County NJ

Hi Anne !

Nice respectful list !

Hope you are well !

Sheldon :o)

Jun 22, 2009 05:51 AM #4
Steve Loynd
Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., - Lincoln, NH
800-926-5653, White Mountains NH

Anne these are common courtesies but not all buyers understand that you don't treat someones house like a rental car from the airport.

Jun 22, 2009 07:21 AM #5
Ann Allen Hoover
RE/MAX Advantage South - Hoover, AL
CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL

I have recently heard of a Realtor® giving out combo codes to investor clients so they can view property without him.  Trouble waiting to happen!

Jun 22, 2009 07:43 AM #6
Toula Rosebrock
Diane Turton, Realtors, Forked River, NJ - Lacey Township, NJ
Broker/Sales Associate, Realtor, Lacey Township,


Hi Anne:

These are all great points!

How many times do people just cut through lawns....

One of my pet peeves is when a buyer thinks they can walk through someone's house, carrying a cup of coffee...

Jun 23, 2009 12:21 AM #7
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Anne, thanks those are very good things to follow and keeps the level of professionalism high.

Jun 23, 2009 11:39 PM #8
Kayla Pearce
First Class Properties - Milford, DE
Real Estate Agent - Milford Delaware

As always, great job & very well put! Definitely something that Realtors and our clients need to remember at all times!

Jun 24, 2009 05:40 AM #9
David Perry
Wainwright Real Estate - Portsmouth, VA

Great Post! Please follow me on twitter @davidperry and @daveperryrealty and in turn I will follow you. Together we can do great things if we all work together.

David Perry

Nov 04, 2009 01:48 AM #10
Steven Beam
RE/MAX Alliance - Parker Colorado Real Estate. - Parker, CO
Parker Colorado Real Estate

I'm more worried about the Realtors than the buyers. I'm seeing a lot of realtors leaving doors unlocked and lights on. Sloppy.

Dec 06, 2009 06:28 AM #11
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