Here is What Not To Do When Showing a House

Real Estate Agent with Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker DRE #00697006

The thing about selling entry-level homes in Rancho Cordova is the fact we get a lot of agents showing these types of homes to their buyers. Our first day on the market resulted in 12 showings, and that was just Friday. By our Sunday open house, we had so many buyers coming through we couldn't count them all.


I had three open houses scheduled for Sunday, and my team members were busy, but none as wildly visited as this house in Rancho Cordova. Josh says he had about 25 groups come through his open house in Curtis Park, but this home above was packed.


The main topic of conversation, I heard, was about the buyer's agent who damaged the house in broad daylight. He did such a stupid thing. You can see more photos of the damage and read more in my personal blog today at this link: Sacramento Agent Deliberately Damaged Home When Showing.

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Elizabeth Weintraub is co-partner of Weintraub & Wallace Team of Top Producing Realtors, an author, home buying expert at The Balance, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown, Carmichael and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put our combined 80 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at RE/MAX Gold. DRE License # 00697006.

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Comments (31)

Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Geez! this happening just might be the worst agent behavior I've heard about. I hope he's held accountable by the seller. 

Aug 15, 2017 08:27 AM
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker
Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Nina Hollander Meh, sure the agent might find a case to argue. Absolutely.  The Federal Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, age, familial status, physical or mental disability. If the seller had a bad experience, so what? The agent could say the seller's true reason for exclusion is based on any of the 7 protected classes, should the agent belong to one of those. Even if you don't agree with it, and many people for some reason do not (unfortunately), it's still good risk management not to put yourself in that position where you could not only get sued but end up in court under Fair Housing violations.

If a seller told me to exclude an agent from showing, I probably would refuse to take the listing. Don't need that kind of trouble.

Aug 15, 2017 08:39 AM
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker
Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Lottie Kendall Well, they did file a police report, so at least that's something. Whether the seller will take further steps, I guess we'll see. He was talking about social media.

Aug 15, 2017 08:40 AM
Lottie Kendall

Lots of people are being "outed" on social media these days. I'm glad the seller filed a police report. Real estate agents usually don't want to lose their license.

Aug 15, 2017 08:56 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I had a listing which an agent showed and totally ignored the fact that there were cameras in the house. Here's what transpired:

  1. Agent was one hour late to appointment without calling
  2. Showing agents were requested to have shoes removed or covers put on... totally ignored these instructions
  3. Agent showed up with two couples and six kids and the kids proceeded to jump up and down with their shoes on expensive sofa and chairs
  4. Kids took out my clients' children's toys from their storage places, played with them and put nothing back.
  5. Adults opened the fridge and took water.
  6. House had 4 bathrooms... all four were pooped in and not one was flushed.
  7. Agent left and forgot to lock the back door.

Do you think my client was wrong in saying that agent could never show her home again?  I certainly would not fire my client over this. All of this was captured on film, except for the pooping. But you could eat off the bathroom floors in my client's home and she took pictures of the toilets after she came home... she didn't leave them unflushed for the showing.

PS This was not a starter home, but a home priced at almost $900,000.

Aug 15, 2017 08:59 AM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®

I am speechless. Wonder if they are family members of the agent? How long were they there to get all of that done? Geez!

Aug 15, 2017 10:21 AM
Beth Atalay

Nina Hollander, this agent shouldn't be showing homes to anyone, clearly, he can't follow instructions and don't know how to control his buyers. 

Aug 16, 2017 07:49 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor® ~ hi Hella... not only were they late, they had a one hour window for an appointment and spent two hours in the house. This was as egregious as it gets!

Aug 18, 2017 10:22 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Beth Atalay ~ hi Beth... my client didn't know whether to laugh or cry... I couldn't blame her for banning this agent forever. Actually, the agent showed up with two kids, so she thinks two of them jumping up and down on the furniture were his!

Aug 18, 2017 10:23 AM
Susan Haughton

I am speechless...just speechless.  Un-freaking-believable.  There are so many people in this business who really should not be.

Aug 20, 2017 08:56 AM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents - I have seen clients poke at dry rot, but never kick in siding. Twice. Glad to hear the neighbors were on top of it taking photos so that the seller could back up his police report.

Aug 15, 2017 10:25 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I've heard of folks kicking the tires on a car before they bought it, but I've never heard of an agent kicking the siding in on a house.  Unbelievable!

Aug 15, 2017 03:58 PM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, this is a new one to me, even if the first kick was just an accident, the second one with no apology? Just shaking my head.

Aug 16, 2017 08:04 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Elizabeth, what a scum bag!   They should be held responsible for this damage.

Aug 16, 2017 09:42 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Doubt that arrogant agent will ever decide to kick at wood to show no wood rot again.

Aug 16, 2017 09:43 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Elizabeth -- Mrs. Lincoln besides this was the play?

Wild story and as happens here often --- the comments add some interesting points.   

Aug 16, 2017 09:52 AM
Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

"You break it, you buy it"  comes to mind.   Wow- just unbelieveable.

Aug 16, 2017 07:03 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Elizabeth- this is unbelievable and akin to buyers who think that because a house is on the market they can just walk onto the property without permission. I'm glad that the seller called the police. Will you let us know what comes of this if you find out?

Aug 17, 2017 06:57 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Nina Hollander that is another unbelievable story! 

Aug 18, 2017 10:01 AM
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker
Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Nina Hollander I've been meaning to respond, just so swamped lately. I can't believe your seller suffered through that. Yes those kinds of circumstances, and I sure hope it never happens again, serve as a valid reason to blackball that agent.

Aug 18, 2017 10:05 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

  Thank you Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents 

Aug 19, 2017 05:56 PM
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker
Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Oh, thank you, Kathy Streib How nice of you. I've got to pop over there now and see what other gems you have discovered. You always put together a good list.

Aug 19, 2017 06:17 PM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

I can see why Kathy chose to highlight your post today! Great job!

Aug 20, 2017 06:59 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Elizabeth

Wow, talk about being a jerk, and stupid. I'll be curious to find out what happens. Bet that agent doesn't submit an offer.


Aug 20, 2017 03:48 PM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Some people should not be allowed to have a real estate license - he's one of them.

Aug 20, 2017 09:12 PM
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker
Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Jeff Dowler He told me on the phone his buyer was interested but I imagine he bad-mouthed the property to such an extent his buyer lost interest. If he would kick in the siding, he might also thwart a sale for his buyer because he would undoubtedly realize there might be prejudice with any offer he would submit.

Aug 21, 2017 07:56 AM