Sharks on Shark Tank get taken for a Ride!

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty Partners ~ 678.462.1191 Georgia Broker 175548

Is your home safe with the garage doors?

If are a real estate agent and you watched the popular TV show called Shark Tank, you were probably as surprised as I was. 

There was a man on the show that did a presentation on how unsafe the garage doors are on a home.  According to this man, a burglar could walk up to any home and just open up the garage door without any trouble.  What?  Several of the members of the panel questioned this, but these "sharks" are millionaires, not real estate agents. 

How many real estate agents find that the lockbox is missing the key or have the wrong key in it?  What do you try?  The other doors including the garage door.  Unless a home has released the garage door opener feature, the door doesn't move.  I wonder how many homeowners went running to check their garage doors after seeing this show?  Whew, my house is safe, the garage door opener works, it keeps the door safely closed. 

Here are a few safety tips on garage doors:

  1.   Keep the remote out of the reach of small children.
  2.   Learn how to use the garage door release feature.  This is important to know when the      power goes out on the home.   
  3.   Never leave the garage door partially open.  It could come back down on top of you. 
  4.   If the garage door opener is older than 1998, consider replacing it with one that has an auto-release feature for safety. 

By the way, the man with this new invention at Shark Tank did get a deal from one of the sharks! 



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Laura Andersen, REALTOR®, Associate Broker / Keller Williams Realty Partners





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Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
Caring expertise...knowledge for you!

I missed this show...interesting, and good reminder.

Mar 23, 2014 03:40 AM #1
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Thanks for sharing a very informative post.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Mar 23, 2014 11:41 AM #2
Shannon Milligan, Richmond VA Real Estate Agent/Associate Broker
RVA Home Team - Richmond, VA
RVA Home Team - Winning with Integrity.

I watched that show, however he said it could be opened with a crow bar, not simply pulling it up. If someone wants in somewhere bad enough, I believe there is always a way. I have heard that many door openers are only on a handful of frequencies so someone could end up opening yours. (This actually happened to my family in one of our previous homes)

I liked the idea BUT it doesn't help my glass doors ;)

Mar 24, 2014 02:59 AM #3
Laura Andersen
Keller Williams Realty Partners ~ 678.462.1191 - Woodstock, GA
A HomeSOLD Name (678)462-1191 Woodstock, Georgia

Shannon, Interesting, I didn't see the part about the crow bar.  Even the sharks questioned this.  Thanks for the clarification, I must have left the room. 

You're right, if someone wants to get in bad enough, they will get in. 


Mar 24, 2014 03:22 AM #4
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Laura -- I love Shark Tank but this episode doesn't seem familiar to me.  I wonder which shark was impressed with his pitch?   I'll be looking for it...

Mar 26, 2014 05:21 PM #5
Frank Harper
Idaho Family Real Estate - Boise, ID
Broker/Owner, Realtor, GRI, SFR.

I like Shark Tank but I missed this episode. Garage door safety and security is important and I did not know about the older garage doors! Thanks for the blog and the great information!

Mar 27, 2014 12:30 AM #6
Karen Mathers - REALTOR®
Keller Williams Vero Beach - Vero Beach, FL
When it Matters, Choose Mathers! 772-532-3221

Agreed that someone that wants to get in will find a way no matter what security features you have in place.  I did not see this episode, but you have my curiosity peaked to check it out!

Mar 27, 2014 01:54 AM #7
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