After listing your home for sale the first thought is to have an Open House. If you decide to have an open house do you know the danger you just agreed to?
Agent safety at open houses is of such great concern in the industry that there are several videos that detail agent safety training.
Sellers who think open houses are safe should first read the story of a $150,000 open house theft in 2016 then watch the video of these actual thieves stealing $150,000 during an open house in California.
Some Sellers receive advice from friends or neighbors that it is a good idea to leave their door unlocked and allow multiple complete strangers into their home at one time documented in this video story of multiple open house thefts.
Sellers hear things like, “…Don’t worry I have never had a problem at an open house…”.
In today’s world homeowners are keeping their doors locked at all times, purchasing homes in gated communities and installing comprehensive professionally monitored alarm systems to protect themselves and their personal property from criminals, such as those that stole $150,000 from a single open house.
If you are considering holding an open house you should first consider contacting your insurance carrier and lowering your deductible as much as possible to cover any loss of personal property due to theft during the open house as evidenced by this video news story in 2016.
Sellers should do their own online research into the risks involved in open houses and whether they are a valuable selling tool by doing a simple online search for "Open House Dangers".
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Open houses are leaving owners vulnerable to theft
Here are a few items open house thieves are targeting:
A) Designer Clothing and Purses;
B) Prescription Drugs;
D) Portable Electronics like Laptops and Cell Phones;
E) Identity Theft paperwork;
F) Family Heirlooms;
G) Misc. small items easily pocketed.
Once consumers have educated themselves to the risk of theft associated with an open house it’s no wonder some consumers decide to protect their personal belongings from criminals, unsupervised teenagers or small children by not holding open houses.
This open house issue is a clear example as to why Sellers have found our 28+ years of experience a key factor in deciding to list their home with us saving thousands of dollars in commissions as we will always represent our client’s best interest by recommending access to our client's homes by Appointment Only.
We will continue to promote fair competition for the benefit of all consumers as lower commissions keeps more of homeowner's hard earned equity in their pockets.
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