Did you make it a point to stop and lock the door?

Real Estate Agent with Broker Associate PenFed Realty 0496522
Recently one of the agents in my office 'almost' got into some trouble.  She was driving buyers to listings in a community.  She noticed another agent was looking at the same homes with other buyers because they kept running into each-other.  Well, on the last home she was in the agent was walking up the sidewalk while she was walking out.  The other agent said, "Don't worry about it.  I will lock up."  The agent from my office said, "Sorry, I really cannot do that.  I have to lock it up myself."  Something happened and it became an issue a couple of days later.  The second agent didn't have an appointment nor did she sign in.  The seller was at the neighbors and was questioning which agent had the appointment.  It goes to show that you need to practice good behaviour even if it doesn't make you popular with other agents.  You never know who is watching!

Comments (9)

JL Boney, III
Coldwell Banker - Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC Real Estate
Good reminder Melody. I do lots of things that other agents do not always like, because my clients request it or simply because it's the right thing to do.
Apr 15, 2008 02:29 AM
RE/MAX Empire Realty - The Colony, TX


How is it going?  Good reminder for all agents, sometimes we feel the need to give a helping hand to our fellow agents, but its important to follow the rules for everyones safety. 

Apr 15, 2008 07:31 AM
Melody Botting
Broker Associate PenFed Realty - San Antonio, TX
You Deserve The Best
Well said.  I am glad you found my rant blog!  You will see where I barry the bones vent and get advice.
Apr 15, 2008 07:52 AM
Maria Fernandez
Farmers Insurance - Irving, TX


Mel thanks for the blog!

Fernando you made a great point--Its about following the rules and when you do you, you protect the client and yourself!

Apr 15, 2008 09:09 AM
JL Boney, III
Coldwell Banker - Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC Real Estate
Had to come back and tell you. I got a call from the owner of one of my listings that told me when she got to the house that the back door was wide open. The last Realtor to show the place that day, didn't even close the door much less lock it.
Apr 20, 2008 11:40 AM
Melody Botting
Broker Associate PenFed Realty - San Antonio, TX
You Deserve The Best
That is so inconsiderate.  I hope you brought it up to the Realtor.  She may not realize what a 'sin' it is.
Apr 20, 2008 11:43 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital
Melody, we have the magic lockboxes that log in your arrival and if you just turn over the key to the next agent, they miss having to log in.  We're pretty careful about putting the key back.  It's good that your colleague was!
Apr 21, 2008 12:33 AM
Becky Respess
Broker/Associate Century 21 Judge Fite Co - Cedar Hill, TX


I never thougt of this before. Thank you so much for reminding me.  Patricia, you are right about the log-in but again I forgot. We really are thinking only of helping the next realtor. This could really get us in trouble.


Apr 21, 2008 04:48 AM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info
Good story!  Don't let other agents push you around, just so they'll "like" you.  Do what you know is right.
Apr 26, 2008 10:57 PM