Come On In? Not Yet. A Vacant Home Isn’t An Invitation to Show Anytime

Reblogger Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528
Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956
https://activerain.com/droplet/47RK

A vacant home is not an invitation to just come on in.  Often homes that appear to be vacant, really aren't and even vacant homes aren't always vacant. A friend or family member might be staying there temporarily, there may be workers present, the floors may have been newly waxed and refinished or an alarm may need to be deactivated. Viewing one without an appointment is equivalent to trespassing.  Michael Jacobs does a great job explaining why a vacant home isn't just an invitation to show anytime.

Original content by Michael Jacobs CalBRE #01165532

Come On In? Not Yet. A Vacant Home Isn’t An Invitation to Show Anytime

 

Vacant Homes Are Not an Invitation to Show AnytimeWith most home buyers conducting their primary search online before contacting a real estate professional - there can be some mis-conceptions about viewing homes for sale. Online photos of these homes can lead to issues, preconceived ideas or just plain confusion for some home buyers.   

 

Let's say your agent has lined up homes for you to view on a given day.   On your way to one of those homes you pass by one you remember seeing online.  Yes, that home is vacant you recall and ask your agent to stop to take a look.   Not so fast -- it may look vacant  but it still requires your agent to review the showing instructions.   

 

A vacant home is not an open invitation to show anytime.   Maybe the home isn’t actually vacant.   It actually could be occupied.   Maybe there is a security system or alarm that needs to be disarmed.   Maybe there are other reasons.  Actually, it doesn’t matter --- you see there is a protocol that needs to be followed.   It is our duty as real estate professionals to follow showing instructions...so even if you think a home is vacant and easy to see/show -- it isn’t an invitation to show anytime.  

 

So don’t think a vacant home means we can just show up and use my lockbox key and see that home you saw online….it’s not quite so simple.



Come On In? Not Yet. A Vacant Home Isn’t An Invitation to Show Anytime

 

Michael Jacobs

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

BRE # 01165532

2065 Huntington Drive

San Marino, California 91108

Cellular:  818.516.4393

Office:  626.685.5246

Office Fax:  626.568.9507

michaeljacobs@coldwellbanker.com

www.camoves.com/michael.jacobs

 

 

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Ralph Gorgoglione
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Michael, good advice. I larger that many times clients are temped to stop by a house they saw online, sometimes even without an agent-- in either case bad idea.

Dec 08, 2013 08:48 AM #1
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Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528
Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956 - New City, NY
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Ralph - They'd be wise to know that "stopping" by without an appointment is the equivalent of tresspassing.

Dec 08, 2013 10:18 AM #2
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Fred Griffin, on leave of absence from ActiveRain
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Lora, good choice for a reblog.

     I stopped at a "Vacant" house recently, per MLS.  When I walked up to the house, a dog inside started barking.  I went back to my car and called the Listing Agent.  He actually said, "Oh No!  The Seller moved back in and has turned on the Alarm, I forgot to update the MLS".

Dec 08, 2013 12:53 PM #3
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Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528
Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956 - New City, NY
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Fred - It's a good thing you called before trying to enter or you would have had an alarm, an irate dog and an irate seller on your back.

Dec 09, 2013 03:10 AM #4
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Michael Jacobs
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Leah - thanks very much for the reblog.   

Dec 09, 2013 05:18 AM #5
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Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528
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Michael - My Pleasure.  Great topic and one of my pet peeves.

Dec 09, 2013 10:36 AM #6
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Jennifer Fivelsdal
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Hi Leah this is a good information to point out to potential home buyers.

Dec 14, 2013 12:14 PM #7
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Jennifer - so many don't get that you need appointments to view and that those appointments need lead time - you can't just go.

Dec 14, 2013 01:21 PM #8
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