Realtors, if you leave a house unlocked, THIEVES COME IN AND STEAL THINGS

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Managing Real Estate Broker with Winchester Real Estate Sales, Cornerstone Business Group Inc 0225086119
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A week ago, I previewed a property in the Winchester, VA area.  I'm working with a great young investor couple who are looking for rental properties.  Later in the week we all went back to take a second look.  This week, we took a third look.

When we arrived at the property, I got my eKey out to open the door and I Homes in Winchester Virginianoticed the door was slightly ajar.  I stuck my fingers in the bottom of Supra box and there was no key holder inside so I assumed another agent was inside at the time.

I looked around the driveway and no cars.  Hmmm?  I asked the clients to wait outside and I went through the house to see if it was being shown, but nobody.  The backdoor was open, the lights were on and no one was walking around. 

The previous agent had not only left the house open, he had also taken the keys.  That wasn't the end of the story though.  I received an email from the listing agent on Friday asking if I saw a large screen TV in the living room while visiting this week.  After a little thought, no I didn't.  I do remember Real Estate Winchester VAseeing it last week.

In the five hours between the time the agent left the house open and the time my clients showed up someone slipped in and stole the large screen TV.  It's hard to say what Safety for Real Estate Winchester VAelse was missing.  The TV was obvious.  Unfortunately for the listing agent, she may be responsible for replacing the TV. 

Friends, check, double-check and triple-check a home before you leave it.  If it is occupied, you can easily put the homeowner or their belongings in jeopardy by leaving the doors ajar.  

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Rainmaker
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Mike Cooper
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She's a great agent and a great person, but she's so meek that I don't think she would push it.  She hinted at that Friday.  Shoot, I'd step in for her.  I seriously doubt that someone would have broken in to get a TV, but leave the door open and you just gave it away.  

January 28, 2012 08:53 PM
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Tom Arstingstall
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Unlocked door only mean trouble Mike. Good suggestion about triple checking, you can be too safe.

January 29, 2012 01:07 AM
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Mike Cooper
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Winchester Real Estate Sales, Cornerstone Business Group Inc

Tom, I'm a lot like Kasey above.  I will check a door I saw the client check a second before.  I alwyas consider it my responsibility to make sure the property is secure, and I do.  Thanks for dropping by!!

January 29, 2012 08:03 AM
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Melissa Brown
Realtor - South Charlotte NC Homes for Sale
Savvy + Co Real Estate

Hi Mike, I'm glad you didn't find anybody lurking in that home when you went through the open door.  I'm sure many of my buyers think I have OCD for the number of times I sometimes check the locks.  One time, early in my career, I failed to lock the door.  Nothing happened, but I have never been so mortified.  It won't happen on my watch!

January 29, 2012 03:18 PM
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Mike Cooper
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Good for you, Melissa.  I'm with you.  I am pretty OCD about that myself.  I hope you're having a great Sunday!

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