Come On Agents....Really?

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899

signI have two homes listed that are vacant and I'm constantly amazed at the lack of common sense agents display when showing vacant homes.  Lights are left on all over the home (come on you can see the house is vacant and no one is there to turn them off), back doors are left open (that's really inviting trouble), doors to the attached garages are left open with lights on in the garage (what the?)

It only takes a little effort to make sure lights are turned off and the doors secured in a shut position.  It's such a simple courtesy to extend in return for viewing the home.  I guess I shouldn't be surprised, I see back doors left open or unlocked on listings that are occupied!

Agents showing properties, please take a minute like you would in your own home before leaving....check lights and doors Do you need a sign there too?

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Cindy Marchant
Keller Williams Indy NE 317-290-7775 www.marchantteam.com - Carmel, IN
"Cindy in Indy" , Realtor, Fishers Real Estate
Even when you put it into the showing instructions! But on the other side if no note or showing instructions...I leave it as I found it. So sometimes lights are on in a vacant house...maybe a showing after me?
Apr 14, 2011 01:10 AM #14
Rainmaker
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Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
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Long Island Home and Condo Specialists

Dorie, We too see this all too often. We were showing a condo with a regular key lockbox on, but the door was open and the key was still in the door!

Apr 14, 2011 01:11 AM #15
Rainmaker
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Dick and Dixie Sells
Sells Real Estate, LLC - Trinity, FL
Realtors, Tampa Bay Florida Homes For Sale

It amazes me too, or should I say infuriates me. Agents have a responsibility to lock up for heaven's sake! And we wonder why sellers are hesitant to have a lock box on their property!

 

Apr 14, 2011 01:33 AM #16
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Joshua Zargari
MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating - Lynbrook, NY
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Good morning Dorie.

That is a complete no no...

Living the backdoor open? Not in New York.

Apr 14, 2011 01:36 AM #17
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Brad Baxter
Brad Baxter, Weichert, Realtors - McDonald-McKinney - Fishers, IN
Indianapolis Real Estate Broker

A vacant house should be treated the same as a home full of valuables.  It's just common courtesy.  I do appreciate agents that call when they see something in one of my listings that I should know. 

Apr 14, 2011 01:43 AM #18
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Craig Rutman
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Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

Stuff like this should be Real Estate 101. Agents should respect the homes they're showing as if they were their own homes.

Apr 14, 2011 01:51 AM #19
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Tish Lloyd
BlueCoast Realty Corporation - Wilmington, NC
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Dorie ~  A simple lack of respect is what it boils down to, in my humble opinion.  In my area, whenever there is a showing scheduled, the Listing Agent goes in and "sets the stage", with lights, etc.  They then go back after the showing to ensure all the lights are off and the doors are locked -- even with the vacant properties.  Seems a bit over the top, but this is the very reason it is done.

Apr 14, 2011 01:58 AM #20
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Amy Hahn
Pine Knoll Shores Realty - Morehead City, NC
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Dorie - This is one of my biggest pet peeves....arghhhhh!  I always pay special attention to the home and try to leave it exactly the way I found it, Lights off and doors locked.  Around here, with many vacation properties, the owners often turn the water off also, and unfortunately....Buyers and their agents will use the toilet without checking first and....Well, you know who ends up taking care of the issue.....ME! 

Apr 14, 2011 02:09 AM #21
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Mona Gersky
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If the house is on an electronic lockbox, you can sometimes backtrack and find out who the culprit is.  You just wonder how that AGENT would feel if someone left THEIR house unlocked.

I'm thinking they'd hit the roof!

Apr 14, 2011 02:20 AM #22
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Billi Evans
Murney Associates - Springfield, MO

I feel your pain. It happens as part of the business, but that doesn't make it better.

Apr 14, 2011 03:18 AM #23
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Pam Miller
Realty Associates - Conroe, TX
Broker Associate - Water Crest on Lake Conroe

Dorie, you are so right!  It only take a minute to walk through the house to check the doors and lights.  It isn't rocket science. 

Apr 14, 2011 03:31 AM #24
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Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Dorie, I echo your thoughts. A least once a week I find a listing unlocked.  Sometimes an out-of-town Seller can ask a trusted neighbor to check the doors in the evening. The doors need to be checked every day,if possible.

Apr 14, 2011 04:15 AM #25
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Torgie Madison
Quicksilver Real Estate Solutions, LLC - Portland, OR
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Realtors need to be treating every home they show as their own. It only takes an extra second to do, there is no excuse not to.

Apr 14, 2011 06:46 AM #26
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Gary,

It really is a shame isn't it? I'd say it is lack of respect for others property.

Apr 14, 2011 03:08 PM #27
Rainmaker
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi James,

That is always a good thing to do.

Apr 14, 2011 03:09 PM #28
Rainmaker
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Connie,

Yes it is frustrating! We are not talking about children here..we are talking about professionals!

Apr 14, 2011 03:10 PM #29
Rainmaker
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Navona,

And..what will you do with the notes? Unfortunately not much!

Apr 14, 2011 03:11 PM #30
Rainmaker
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Peter,

That property manager is the listing agent. Many times people move out and the home is going to be vacant a few months until closing. Do you really think the listing agent should have to check on the house daily? Arent' we grown ups and can remember to at least lock a door??

Apr 14, 2011 03:14 PM #31
Rainmaker
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Melissa: Apparently so!

Hi Melissa: It only takes a second to double check!

Hi Barbara: No excuse for that!

Hi Micahel: Unfortunatley I know exactly what you mean!

Apr 14, 2011 03:16 PM #32
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Melanie Ross
Coldwell Banker Solano Pacific - Benicia, CA
Benicia CA & Vallejo CA Real Estate, 707-319-2828

Dorie, We have to take responsibility to follow up and check doors and sometimes windows to make sure a home is secure.  If something happens and I cannot lock up I am on the phone immediately with the agent. 

Apr 16, 2011 06:09 AM #33
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