Don't Show Your Home to Strangers Without an Appointment

Reblogger Roland Woodworth
Real Estate Agent with Q Realty TN 00273649 * KY 57120

Attention homeowners..... Please understand the importance of this post by J Phillip.

Original content by J. Philip Faranda License # 49FA1074963

The other day a seller client told me that she showed her home to strangers off the street who knocked on her door and expressed interest in seeing the place without an appointment. She accommodated them. We don't know who they are, or even if they were qualified to buy. She just hoped they might be the ones. I told her to never do this again. Call me a suspicious New Yorker, but the risks outweigh the opportunity when you show you home to strangers with no appointment.  

Prior to scheduling a showing, we verify the credentials of showing agents, their contact information, and their licensure. Nobody gets an appointment without verification. If it is our own buyer, we verify their identity, their financial qualifications, and their identity. Otherwise, I might as well have a hitchhiker in my car. To not take these measures I expose my firm to severe liability and clients to undue risk. 

What can go wrong by letting strangers into your home without a proper appointment? Plenty.

  • Theft
  • Violence
  • Vandalism
  • "Staking the place out" for future theft
  • Identity theft
That last point is a new one, but once someone can get a bill or some other personal item off your kitchen table you have the seeds of a far bigger problem than a stolen necklace. 

People who can't set up an appointment and insist on dealing directly with the owner of a listed property may not have a screw lose, but they are trying to pursue a fallacious angle, namely that bypassing the agent gives them an advantage. The bottom line is that while they may not hit you over the head, they are almost certainly wasting your time. 

J Philip Real Estate

Don't show without an appointment


J. Philip Faranda, Broker-owner, J. Philip Real Estate, LLC. 2010 Vice President, Westchester Putnam MLS. Read my short sale blog here. J. Philip Serves Briarcliff Manor, Ossining, Croton, the River Towns, Westchester County, and the bedroom counties of New York City. 
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Ruthmarie Hicks
Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605 - White Plains, NY

Also, don't show it to an agent knocking on your door looking to steal the listing.  I had some problems with this 'new method' of prospecting this year.  It's called interfering with a listing.....

Jan 16, 2010 03:46 PM #1
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

Roland, very interesting article. Thanks for the reblog as I would have missed this one. Lots of truth...

Jan 16, 2010 09:01 PM #2
Lori Mahaffey
Movement Mortgage, LLC - Clarksville, TN
Lori Mahaffey

This is good info to repost. Another suggestion is please be acutely aware when pictures of your home are listed in the MLS. What valuables are you sharing with the world ~  we need to consider those who seek out online and have no intention of setting or keeping an appointment. Sad but true.

Jan 17, 2010 04:23 PM #3
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