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 noticed 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 seeing 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 else 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.