How to Handle Showing Vacant Homes in Sacramento

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Real Estate Agent with Lyon Real Estate BRE #00697006

One of the drawbacks for me with the way Zillow imports data from MLS is my name needs to be first on the listing. I really prefer my team member's name to be first so he or she can directly manage the buyer calls. However, with my name first in MLS, I get hit with all the drama, spammers, can-I-rent-this-house types of calls, texts and emails; just comes with the territory and is the trade-off.

What tends to throw me off is how so many buyer's agents could benefit from guidance and supervision from their brokers. It is eye opening.

Some agents simply access lockboxes and walk into occupied homes without permission and without looking up the house in MLS to read showing instructions. Because they are out with "clients" maybe their cousin, who knows, and that cousin says, "Hey, look over there. A house for sale; let's go see it. There is a lockbox." And the agent doesn't think twice about unlocking the house and walking in.

That agent better hope nobody is sleeping or in the shower or sitting on the sofa with a loaded rifle.

However, when a home is listed in MLS as vacant with lockbox as the showing instructions, that is a different story. You can read more in my personal blog today at this link: Vacant Home Showing Tips for Sacramento Buyer's Agents.

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Beth Atalay
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Hi Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, it would be very simple, painless and makes so much sense to just send a courtesy email, however, less than 5% of the agents would probably do it. 
People don't read or they don't really care, as if having access to Supra LB gives everyone the permission to enter without notice.

Oct 22, 2018 01:50 PM #1
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Beth Atalay I wasn't talking about sending a courtesy email, Beth; I was complaining about the agents who routinely send lengthy emails with a pile of questions (all of which are answered in MLS), asking if they can show a vacant home, that is clearly listed with directions to go direct and it's vacant with a lockbox. Yet they email or call to ask if they can show because they did not READ the instructions.

Oct 22, 2018 02:07 PM #2
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Kathy Streib
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Hi Elizabeth- I think that the important takeaway is for agents to actually the information that is in the MLS.  

Oct 22, 2018 06:37 PM #3
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Beth Atalay I just had an agent call me today about how to turn off the alarm. The code was the first thing in the confidential agent remarks, the very first sentence.

Oct 22, 2018 07:42 PM #4
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Kathy Streib That is the important issue. To read MLS. I tell my team members before you call a listing agent to ask a question, READ the listing data because it might be answered. Otherwise, they would look like an idiot.

I train them to read everything. Knowledge is power that they can convey to their buyers. It is value-added service. Look up the damn history. Pull the public records. Make yourself the expert. Don't just write down an address and go.

Oct 22, 2018 07:45 PM #5
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Joan Cox
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Elizabeth, we don't have that set up where the BA can just show a property without notice, thankfully.

Oct 23, 2018 06:51 AM #6
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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You have hit on a topic that is worthy of being repeated regularly.  It is amazing that agents sometimes don't check out showing instructions in the MLS before accessing homes.

Oct 23, 2018 08:49 AM #7
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Joan Cox You say that like it's a bad thing. Not having to call the listing agent or the owner for buyer's agents is a big time saver.

Oct 23, 2018 09:50 AM #8
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Myrl Jeffcoat There are days we are lucky if they read the address correctly. Some busy agents do not seem to spend much time at all reading the listings. I want to say to those agents: slow down, take a step back, you have time, READ the data. Besides, you owe it to your buyer.

If I were an Apple Watch I would say BREATHE.

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