This is something that I'm seeing repeatedly now in some of the real estate groups on Facebook..and it's gotten me a little upset. Here's the scenario:
A buyer's agent calls a seller's agent to show a home. The buyer's show up to see the house WITHOUT THE AGENT. The seller usually lets them in to view the house.
How in the world would a buyer's agent think this was remotely an OK thing to do? My head is swirling with what could go wrong - including the "buyers" not being real buyers and only have bad intentions.
SELLERS: Under NO circumstances should you allow a potential buyer into your home without their agent.
1. If you are home when a REALTOR® comes knocking, ask them to retrieve the key from the lockbox. If they say they don't have their Active Key with them, do not let them in. (The Lockbox gives us a record of who has accessed the box and your home in case something happens.) Call your agent and let them know.
2. Do not allow "buyers' into your home without their agent. In one recent scenario, the buyers had their agents cards to show the seller. "Well, if they've got their agent's card, it should be ok." Agents leave their cards all over town as advertising. Anyone can pick those up.
BUYERS: Under no circumstances should you be viewing homes without your agent!!
1. If your agent can't show you a home, ask them to provide you with another agent in their office who can. If your agent repeatedly doesn't have time to show you homes, it's time to find another agent.
2. Do NOT approach sellers who have signs in their yards without an agent. They have an agent for a reason and we have legal protocols to follow. Put yourself in that seller's shoes. Would YOU want a stranger coming to your front door to see your home?
BUYER AGENTS: Why in the world would you send your client out by themselves?? Where is your head? Why would you want to put them in that kind of situation?
SELLER AGENTS: Please please please talk to your clients about letting folks in. When I was selling my personal home, I had 'buyers' show up at 7pm, asking to come in. I told them to come back with their agent another time. I never saw them again.
Have we really gotten to the point where we're just too lazy (or too busy) to take our clients out to view? If you're that busy, then you need to refer out to someone else. If you're that lazy, then you need to find something else to do.