A For Sale Sign doesn't mean Open House

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty Professionals MN Broker #40288835

I have several times had calls from prospective buyers on my listings or others on the market that they wanted more information on or a showing. As the conversation proceeds, they inform me that they have already been at the property and peeked in the windows or walked around the property. Others have even entered the home because the back door was not locked or some other point of entry was available. These were occupied homes and the last time I hear- there was a Name for that Behavior. These are people who presently live in homes themselves and would be outraged if someone were to access their property for a PEEK.

"Whether the home is occupied or vacant- just because there is a Big For Sale sign in the yard does not mean that you have the right to put even one foot on the lawn let alone go for a hike around the yard."

Why should that be a surprise to otherwise somewhat normally functioning people? Do they get caught up in "the hunt" and lose their reason? Do they get confused between For Sale signs and Open House signs? or are they unable to read English?

Even as I try to explain that this was a lapse in their judgement and possibly illegal, they just respond with a laugh or a shrug and I am sure they will be repeat offenders.

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Anna Banana Kruchten CRS CRB, Phoenix Broker
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Kathleen I think this happens just about eveywhere.  I suggest that people don't do that but I know they do if the home looks vacant.  

Jul 22, 2012 10:13 AM #1
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Peggy Wester
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Wow! I have had buyers tell me they've peeked in windows of foreclosed homes or those they know are vacant. I don't particularly agree with that practice, either, and absolutely disagree with peeking in the windows of occupied homes. Just a show of disrespect, in my opinion.

Jul 22, 2012 10:17 AM #3
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Kathleen Lordbock
Keller Williams Realty Professionals - Baxter, MN
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Anna- seems that common sense and respect are lacking in this behavior. I understand the temptation but they need to resist it!

Jul 22, 2012 10:35 AM #4
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Kathleen Lordbock
Keller Williams Realty Professionals - Baxter, MN
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Corinne- horses and non horse people are generally a poor mix anyway and throw in an actively working guard dog- DANGEROUS! We have 8 horses and have previously had people drive up in our yard and wander about to let the kids pet the horses. We have a private facility far off the road and not for sale!

Jul 22, 2012 10:38 AM #5
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Laura Cerrano
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This is the way it goes in many cases, but c'mon it's just nice to knock!

Jul 22, 2012 10:54 AM #6
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Kathleen Lordbock
Keller Williams Realty Professionals - Baxter, MN
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Peggy- I do wish an alarm would go off just as they got near to the house, that might get their attention and put a stop to this peeking problem. Somehow they do not view it as trespassing even when I assure them that it is.

Jul 22, 2012 11:04 AM #7
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Kathleen Lordbock
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Laura - knocking is a better choice ,for sure. Actually, scheduling a showing with their agent is the best!! That way the owner is not put on the spot and can schedule this around their real life.

Jul 22, 2012 11:07 AM #8
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Charles Stallions Real Estate Services
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We had a buyer peeking in a house at dawn one time that was met with a gun. I still laugh my butt off when thinking about that call from the seller.

Jul 22, 2012 11:14 AM #9
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Kathleen Lordbock
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Joyce- OK that would probably be a bit of a heads up for the Peeker Parties!!

Jul 22, 2012 11:27 AM #10
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Kathy Sheehan
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I would think that this happens in every market.  

Jul 22, 2012 11:55 AM #11
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