I work both sides of transactions, usually not at the same time! I see things happen that I am shocked and surprised with from time to time.
This just happened and I was stunned. We do not have a executed agreement. One is in the works at the counter offer stage. The seller is traveling out of state so the buyer asks the sellers agent if they can have access to the property to measure and bring in a decorator. The agent responded, "sure just make sure the lights are out and the property is locked when you leave".
Now the neighbor calls the sellers and says, "hey you have six cars at your house the garage doors are open, people are coming and going is your home sold"? No we are still negotiating and have a counter offer in the works nothing is finalized. So she calls the Realtor and says do we have a showing? No, responds her agent. The buyers wanted to show a few friends and bring by a decorator....I told them it was OK you were out of town. I will swing buy and make sure the lights are off and everything is locked. The agents says, "don't worry everything is OK.
The seller said it is not OK if you would have asked me I would have said "NO". They have not bought the house and we do not have a completed contract.
I know the seller personally and was present during this conversation. The seller is out of state away on a family emergency and people are in her house. They have expensive cars and the garage doors are open...why? Who knows the sellers agents sure doesn't what is going on. The seller said, "I wished I had a shock collar to get his attention, then he would learn to pay attention to who he represents". I thought that was a very good observation. The agent represents the seller not the transaction. The obligation is to the client and then to make sure the transaction is completed in the best interest of the seller.
Do you let buyers roam property when you have not completed the contract? I find that buyers may see things they may not like and could backout of the contract since it is not fully executed. Or the buyers could ask for an addendum to make changes since the contract is still open. The other issue is I do not want to be liable for any damages that may occur to the property because I authorized access without the sellers knowledge or approval.
I ask my sellers in advance how to handle issues if they are out of town. Not all agents have common sense, so sellers will have to go by how much they trust the agents representation before they release all their rights.
How would you handle a situation like this? This seller put a fax in writing and said ask permission before granting access to anyone other than a showing to sell when they are out of town.
Do you do this?