Closing the Door to Seller-Held Open Houses

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Real Estate Agent with Red Rock Real Estate UT DRE# 6541633-SA00

Closing the Door to Seller-Held Open Houses

 

Some homeowners conduct open house events to save money when doing For Sale by Owner. There are substantial risks when welcoming random strangers into an occupied home.

 

Many people may not have buying in mind when crossing the threshold. Windows and doors can become conveniently unlocked, car keys, money, credit cards, medications, jewelry, guns and small electronic devices often end up missing when owners are distracted or people left unattended.

 

Or worse, a physical attack can occur.

 

When you hire a hands-on, local agent to sell your home, not only are qualified people moving through the home but you also get peace of mind, knowing that everyone who views it in person is accompianied by real a estate professional.

 

Your home will be broadly marketed locally and nationally to countless real estate driven sites with a cohesive online advertising plan designed to drive more looks with professional photos and 3-D technology tour, so people get a true view of the home prior to viewing it in person.

 

Being risk averse, I refuse to put homeowners in danger by encouraging them to open their doors to just anyone who happens to be in the neighborhood. To make my point, get online and read the many horror stories related to open houses.

 

There's too much at stake as we professionals know and understand. Proper representation means being there every step of the way, no cutting corners when it comes to safety measures plus incorporating effective marketing and advertising to achieve the clients goals, every single time.

 

While unable to prevent events from happening outside the scope of control, taking proactive measures against crime, matters.

 

 

Want a real estate agent who truly cares, that will go to work for you, putting your wants and needs in front of her own? Call me at 435.632.9374 to help because Wanda Can!

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Comments (20)

Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Wanda,  I had this happen one time and it was two couples that had me go in the basement with one couple while the other couple was going through the bedroom.  

Jun 03, 2021 08:59 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Wanda - the term "penny wise, pound foolish" comes to mind while reading your post.  

Jun 03, 2021 09:29 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

HI Wanda... this security issue for FSBO's is something I've been talking about for 20+ years. And this security issue is also one reason I don't hold open houses myself. Thankfully, my clients always tell me they don't want public open houses before I can even bring up the subject.

Jun 03, 2021 09:57 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Wanda,

It depends on the marketplace.  One of the markets we have a client in, their saying if someone breaks in to your home is to leave you money!   A

Jun 03, 2021 12:59 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Thankfully, you weren't hurt Will Hamm and hope they all were arrested and prosecuted. Scary stuff!

Jun 03, 2021 05:02 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Very good description Michael Jacobs. The benefits of hiring an experienced agent far outweigh the danger presented when attracting strangers with ill intentions through your front door, only to come back later through the back door or windows!

Jun 03, 2021 05:07 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

The only Open Houses I will do Nina Hollander, Broker, are for buyer agents and their clients, by appointment only. That works for me!

Jun 03, 2021 05:09 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Well, that is a first for me Ron and Alexandra Seigel and sounds very similar to the tooth fairy! LOL

Jun 03, 2021 05:11 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Wanda- I totally agree with you about this. And I'd hope that agents holding Open Houses would take precautions for themselves as well. 

Jun 03, 2021 05:15 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

My open houses are planned in advance and agent-directed rather than allowing everyone who may be curious inside. I do agree about agent safety Kathy Streib. Agents who do public open house events should double up with a fellow Realtor or invite affiliates to be onsite to prevent getting robbed or worse!

Jun 03, 2021 05:32 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! - I love working with real estate professionals who believe in Best Practices. The consumer deserves the best and you outlined a wonderful blueprint why sellers should hire a professional and not take risks. This is what we who are in this industry are trained for. Holding an open house is risky but it doesn't have to be scary with Wanda as Listing Agent, Sellers can have peace of mind and get to the end of their goal successfully. 

Jun 03, 2021 06:32 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Wanda,

I would not have said it, if it was not true.  You should know by now, that I do make up stuff.  This community has hosted top secret meetings with Presidents and foreign dignitaries.  And the kids who are good golf drivers get free ice cream tickets for good driving.  Sanity still exists in our great nation as well as honesty.  A

Jun 03, 2021 06:46 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, am safety conscience and will follow the line of being proactive when possible. Hiring an agent makes a positive difference in so many ways. A friend of mine thought she'd go FSBO until receiving a verbal offer and did not know what to do next. She called, hired me, went under contract and closed successfully and moved forward.

Jun 03, 2021 07:12 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Wow! Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! This just goes to show that FSBO is not as easy as some people think. I'm glad she had the good sense to come to you and you were able to help her succeed in getting her home sold successfully! 

Jun 03, 2021 07:23 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Tooth fairies do exist Ron and Alexandra Seigel...I should know. For years, I played one as our children were growing up as long as the magic lasted!

Jun 03, 2021 07:16 PM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

When people aren't wise enough to hire a professional to get the job done for them, bad things tend to happen, haha.

Jun 04, 2021 04:53 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

The risk goes down considerably when hiring a local professional to help guide the sale. Thankfully, most consumers understand that Brian England!

Jun 04, 2021 07:56 AM
Rachel Morin
New Star Real Estate - Vernal, UT
morin2realty

Thanks for the warnings that we can convey to FSBO's.  Definitely risks they may not be thinking about when they are ready to open their home to strangers! 

 

Jun 10, 2021 02:25 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Best to call an agent that can help guide an informed transaction from start to finish with less stress and with confidence Rachel Morin. Thanks for stopping by!

Jun 12, 2021 11:36 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is very good reading for prospective home sellers.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Jun 23, 2021 05:10 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Thank you so much Roy Kelley, I appreciate the supportive words. Have a wonderful day!

Jun 23, 2021 05:59 AM