It Should Be Taught In Real Estate School

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Light Switch


How To Turn Off A Light


Door Knob

How To Lock A Door

and

Respect Another Person's Home



A few weeks ago I listed a custom, all brick rambler that is very competitively priced in a neighborhood of cookie cutter homes. My prediction that it would receive heavy traffic was absolutely "on the money".

Since the home is vacant I went over to it the first night (Friday) to check security.
  • Over half of the lights were on
  • The back door was open, not unlocked, but open.
On the second day (Saturday) Arthur checked the house late afternoon and found some agent's client threw a soiled diaper in the hall bath after changing her baby. Fortunately, she didn't try to flush it down.
Camel

On the third day (Sunday) we were on our way home from church when an agent called.

"Karen, I'm at your listing on &$#@ Street. The lock box is hanging open and the key is in the front door."


I know and so do you that some lazy agent unlocked the door so his/her client could come by later and gain access.

That was the straw that broke the proverbial camel's back.
  • Key out of the lock box
  • Appointment with listing agent
Since we live about 10 minutes from the listing that wasn't a problem - Arthur opened the door and stayed outside until whoever he let in left. The good news is on the fourth day we let a young couple and their agent in and within two hours had a very workable offer that is now ratified

Why is this happening so frequently nowadays? Frankly, when the market started to heat up in 2000 - 2001 many, not all, people entered the real estate business for the quick buck. When the market stumbled and crashed many of them stayed on to list or buy short sales and foreclosures, then rehab and flip them for another quick buck.

Anyone who has been in the real estate business more than 10 years realizes there are way too many people among us now who have no right to be called REALTOR®.

In my nearly 4 years of AR blogging I have not wasted time writing posts ranting about other people's shortcomings. However, in our 35 years in the business neither Arthur nor I have seen such a blatant lack of concern in and respect for another person's property, The scenario above hit a very "raw" nerve on the subject of professionalism


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Jacqueline  That is my point exactly - it is not the business I got into 35 years ago

May 20, 2011 01:55 PM #223
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Tony  It proves there are slobs all over the country

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Joel  Now you know where agents learn it

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Gwen  That is very true

May 20, 2011 01:59 PM #226
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Lynn That is too cool

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Brenda and Ron  It is too, too common

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Kathy  Good for you

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Gene  That is also very annoying

May 20, 2011 02:04 PM #230
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Karen

Loved your post. You are right.  It should be taught in real estate school.  I teach real estate school in Florida and I can't even teach them to throw their sugar packet bag in the trash can after they pour a free cup of coffee. 

Ron Climer   Orlando Fl

May 21, 2011 12:50 AM #231
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Ron  That is priceless.  When are you going to write the book?  Don't sell the movie rights too cheap  :)

May 21, 2011 01:45 AM #232
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Sue Riley
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I have had the same problem with a house that is occupied by an older lady. She gets very upset, rightly so when the house is left unsecured. Not sure why it is so difficult to show respect and make sure that the doors are locked properly.

 

May 21, 2011 02:48 AM #233
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Karen - It was good you checked this property.  This type action by other agents relects back on us.  A lot more could be said if there had been damage.  

May 21, 2011 05:03 AM #234
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Pat & Steve Pribisko
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This appears to be an increasing problem.  The best excuse has been that they had to show X number of homes in 2 hours & the home is vacant anyway....

May 21, 2011 05:26 AM #235
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Amen ... this is a horrendous problem!  I had an occupied home left open with keys in the lock for 2.5 days while the seller was away on vacation ... AND, the agent claimed she didn't do it!  Agents are skating on this with WAY too much frequency (used Sentrilock to track who it was), filed an erhics complaint and even the panel and board chose to "believe" her client witnesses who said she locked the door!  My client is REALLY irritated with our lack of ability to police this and it makes us all look bad, completely unprofessional and we run the risk of serious liability too!  Thankfully, no one entered the house and no damage was done other than scaring the seller to death when they arrived home to find the property open, but this is happening WAY too often!!

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Sue  Lack of training during childhood

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Robert  So true, so true

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Pat and Steve  Vacan or not makes no difference

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Allyson  If that's the way your association acts there is little or no hope to correct the problem

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You are right, doesn't matter if it is vacant or not.

But the diaper, that is just wrong!

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Liane  Very wrong  !

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