Always beware while showing properties

Real Estate Agent with McEnearney Associates, Inc. REALTORS (DC, MD and VA)

Yesterday morning I was out with clients showing properties in Washington, DC.  Upon entering the second property, we noticed glass on the floor and felt a breeze coming from the back of the house.  My clients froze in place. I saw further a window was broken and suggested we turn around and leave immediately.  They agreed and we departed, locking up behind us and gathering our wits about us out on the curb.  I called the listing agent right away to report what we thought was a break-in.  Indeed, the agent knew about it, the owner was out of town and had been notified in order to take care of the situation.  The agent changed the property status to TEMPOFF about an hour after I printed out the listing so I was unaware of that change in status.  The listing agent invited us to see the house despite the break-in which we did and my clients loved the view of the Capitol.  We all laughed about the event afterwords but it was very scary and is a good reminder to all agents that safety comes first!  Be aware of your surroundings at all times and do the right thing for you and your clients. 

Comments (9)

Caroline Gosselin
Prominent Properties Sotheby's International Realty - Short Hills, NJ

What a roller coaster of a showing! Indeed, it is important to beware of your surroundings - thanks for the reminder.

Nov 21, 2010 01:11 AM
Nor Yeretsian
Envoy Capitol Realty Inc. - Toronto, ON
Envoy Capitol Realty Inc., Brokerage Toronto

Thanks Katrina for reminding us all about being careful and mindful on the job.


Nor Yeretsian

Nov 21, 2010 01:13 AM
Donna Bosze
Realty Executives Top Producers - Chesapeake, VA
Ask Me Why I'm Different!

I've shown properties whereby there was a drunken bum sleeping on the living room floor that had broken in for a warm place to sleep. You have to be  contantly aware, don't you???

Nov 21, 2010 01:23 AM
Brian Sharkey
SharkeyRE LLC - Tequesta, FL
SharkeyRE - #SouthFloridaBroker


Nov 21, 2010 01:27 AM
Ellie Penaranda
239.776.5077 Downing-Frye Realty - Naples, FL
Naples Florida Real Estate - Waterfront & Beach Co

Katrina:  Thanks for posting this reminder.  We do have to be careful and aware for our client's safety and ours.  One of the reasons I like AR, the constant reminders.  It's great.

Nov 21, 2010 01:38 AM
Bill Travis
Captain Bill Realty, LLC - Gilbert, AZ

It's good that the listing agent answered the phone, in which case you may have had to call the PD

Nov 21, 2010 01:48 AM
Katrina Schymik
McEnearney Associates, Inc. REALTORS (DC, MD and VA) - Washington, DC

Bill, indeed the PD was on my mind as a next step.  BTW, this is my first blog on ActiveRain.  So glad to see it was worthwhile for others and I blogged OK.  :-) 

Nov 21, 2010 02:00 AM
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Katrina ~ you were smart to play it safe before continuing any further .. glad that everyone is OK!  Thanks for the reminder to be cautious and aware of your surroundings -- sometimes we never think of the consequences when we aren't.

Mar 28, 2011 07:23 PM
Katrina Schymik
McEnearney Associates, Inc. REALTORS (DC, MD and VA) - Washington, DC

Thanks, Maureen.  I had another incident fairly recently in another part of town while showing properties and escorted my clients back to the car quickly.  Police were surrounding a vacant rowhouse...vacant rowhouses are not uncommon in areas of DC which are revitalizing...but I did not want to be part of the police action! 

Mar 29, 2011 12:13 AM

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