Please shut off the lights....leave your card...lock the door and say good bye.

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Real Estate Agent with Brokered by eXp Realty LLC SL # 3014652

shut off the lightsMost of the time I list property and other times I show other agents properties.

My last post was my reaction to a listing agents lack of response and how I've been trying to show their property so now I'll talk about the other side of the coin.

When I call for showing instructions the listing agent will also ask me to leave my card...shut off the lights and lock the doors. In my 12.5 years in the business I don't remember if I ever left a light on or lock a door when I leave. We all make mistakes but denying it ain't gonna work..just admit it and we can be friends.

Other Realtors® are calling me for showing instructions and I'm more than happy to oblige their request. But I also have a request and that's to leave their card...shut off the lights and lock up before they leave.

This past week has been a bit difficult and I really didn't need anymore hassles when I'm trying to run a business. This has happened twice just this week. A few agents who showed my listings apparently don't listen to my requests. I usually go over to my vacant properties once a week or once every two weeks depending on how much time I have in between everything else...but I get there eventually. This week two of my listings were shown and both of them had all of the lights on and one door that was left unlocked and a jar open. When I called the agents back...they both denied it yet they were the only agents on record of showing the properties and since they were both on supra...I had the proof logged in.

I understand there re lots of properties to show our clients but it still doesn't mean you can't have some consideration for the homeowners. What would happen if there was a fire or someone went in and burglarized the property. We don't need to run up their electric bill either.

I'm really puzzled at the lack of respect and the way these agents are acting. Why don't you just get out of the business and let the real professionals service our clients the way it should be.

No wonder some consumers give our industry a bad name. I don't blame them but they should separate the bad apples from the good.

For more information please contact Neal The Real Deal Bloom-Realtor® /Remax Premier Assoc.

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Rainmaker
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Neal Bloom
Brokered by eXp Realty LLC - Weston, FL
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Lisa,

I had on where the screen was open and all these leavees were in the den. We have rainy season as well now.

Aug 07, 2008 11:19 AM #10
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George Souto
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Neal, WOW that isn't even as much about respect as it is about simple common sense.  Nothing complicated about your request, in fact I am surprised that it had to be said and not just simply understood.

Aug 07, 2008 02:42 PM #11
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Neal Bloom
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Hey George,

Mistakes are made but you would think agents would think about the care of a home over trying to get paid.

Aug 08, 2008 08:57 AM #12
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That house is really cool!  (FYI)

Yup same here.  I was checking up on one of my broker's REO properties and someone once turned the furnace on downstairs to conflict with the a/c upstairs.  What sense does that make?  Sometimes people are just down right malicious, it is beyond stupidity.

Aug 08, 2008 12:28 PM #13
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The Somers Team
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Neal,

This is daily frustration !!  What really bites is when the seller calls and complains that their door was left unlocked, windows were left open, lights on, central air cranked up...etc etc.  Then they can start blaming us, the listing agent...  is difficult when it does not have to be.

I feel you,

Philadelphia Real Estate

Aug 08, 2008 12:56 PM #14
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Susan Mangigian
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Hey Baby Bro, that's the beauty of the electronic lock box!  If the key is missing because some dingbat put it in his (notice the his - that's just to drive you crazy because you think I pick on men - heck I am raising two of them!) pocket and then denies it, I simply have to check who showed the home last.  Then I get the "oh, I checked my suit pocked and guess what?  you were right!" 

Aug 08, 2008 01:10 PM #15
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Neal Bloom
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Renee,

Love to see the bill they send the bank.

C and S,

How about closet doors.

Susan,

I'm a fan and it keeps records of entry...you can't do that with a combo.

 

 

Aug 08, 2008 01:31 PM #16
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Neal- Manners and common courtesies have been lost in our culture and society. It is a sad thing because it breeds apathy and selfishness.

Aug 08, 2008 02:04 PM #17
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Neal- Manners and common courtesies have been lost in our culture and society. It is a sad thing because it breeds apathy and selfishness.

Aug 08, 2008 02:04 PM #18
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Neal, I had a good story in this area. We must have nice Texas Realtors. I turned on all the lights and turned the A/C down prior to another agent showing. They were nice and turned all the lights back off. I was impressed.

Aug 08, 2008 03:02 PM #19
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Sandra Cummings
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Is this a new series?  How to tick Neal off? : -)

More than likely in my career I have accidentally left a light on. I would freely admit it and apologize. I believe I have never left a home unlock. I'm a complete neurotic about locking doors and have been known to drive back to listings because I can't remember double checking the locks.  Yes I know I'm nuts.

Aug 08, 2008 09:38 PM #20
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Neal Bloom
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Katerina,

You are absolutely right.

Gary,

Nice to hear most of the time it doesn't happen.

Sandra,

Yup...we shouldn't have to be babysitters as well.

Aug 09, 2008 12:40 PM #21
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1SG (Ret.) David Kucic
Hawaii Military Realty, Inc. - Ewa Beach, HI
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You are not alone.  If those agents exist in Florida and they DEFINITELY exist here in Hawaii, then they are probably everywhere else in between.  It wont ever change because when one of those unprofessional agents leave the industry a new one will come to replace them. 

Aug 10, 2008 02:41 PM #22
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Neal Bloom
Brokered by eXp Realty LLC - Weston, FL
Realtor CRS-Weston FL Real Estate

David,

It seems from the comments that this is very common in every place around the world. I guess our brains work the same way here. Your'e right...it will never change.

Aug 11, 2008 12:25 AM #23
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Neal....My worst was a showing where the buyers agent went in to preview the house, and since it was so hot, he opened all the windows...We had a heck of a rain storm later and he did not come back because it was raining...instead he called me to go lock up the house!!!!!!!!!   In a panic I did go to find a rain soaked property...My next call was to his broker, who gave me zero grief and had the Stanley Steamer people out there and took care of the problem...  My absentee owner never really knew until it was handled, and the broker made a big push in his office to get the house sold..which he did in a few weeks...Its nice to see how proffessional some are  and some aren't

Aug 11, 2008 12:33 AM #24
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Neal Bloom
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Mike,

At least something good came out of that story...the broker probably was embarrassed.

Aug 11, 2008 12:36 AM #25
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Confessions of a previously blond Realtor- I lost a key once.  Yep, it was pretty silly.  We walked around and spent so much time there I couldn't find it when we were leaving.  I called the agent to let him know and asked what he wanted me to do.  He had a great attitude.  Fortunately it was the house my buyers wanted.

Aug 11, 2008 01:34 AM #26
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Neal Bloom
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Mel,

So did you buy them a new key for the closing?

Aug 11, 2008 04:56 AM #27
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One time I opened a house I listed for the termite inspection. The inspector left a side door ajar and I did not notice it when I locked up. A neighborhood dog got inside the house and somehow shut himself up inside a bedroom. The dog chewed up the door and relieved himself several times. Luckily the room had scored concrete floors. I just had to putty and repaint the door. It could have been much worse.

Nov 25, 2008 08:38 AM #29
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Neal Bloom
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Many agents don't lock up before they leave and guess who the liability is on?

Dec 06, 2008 07:57 AM #31
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