How Often Are You Checking Your Vacant Listings?
Being a full-time, professional real estate agent, taking listings that I can actually service is of HUGE importance to me. If I can't get to my vacant listings at least once a week, or be at any listing in short order if there is a problem, then I am likely to refer the listing to another agent.
When I was in this Short Sale listing, that was vacant and in need of attention, I wondered if the Listing Agent had been inside their listing at all since it became vacant. Just a look at the shade covered, colonial style chandelier gave me a start. One of the light bulbs had burned through the shade. Yikes!
Being a responsible real estate agent, and not wanting my name to be the last one accessing the lockbox before a raging fire started in this unit, I took the smoldering shade down and allowed it to cool. The others seemed fine in terms of their placement and weren't touching the shades. But this one....well, the Listing Agent is lucky that someone who was paying attention came by and saved their bacon.
Leaving a property the way we found it when touring with our buyers is how we are trained as real estate agents. However, if you see something this unsafe, I would hope the majority of agents would have taken corrective action. However, there were an awful lot of business cards on the counter and that shade was still in place when I arrived.