Why didn’t you leave the door unlocked for me?

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Real Estate Broker Owner with Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC BK3064647

As I was leaving a showing this morning another real estate agent walked up as we were going out the front door.  He yelled up to me to leave it unlocked.

I responded with a simple “No, use your electronic lock box key to get the key yourself, please.”  His response was “Well, have it your way.”

Although it should not be necessary, here is my reasoning.

I owe it to the seller to leave their home as secure as possible when I leave.  I did not know this real estate agent so I was not giving access to anyone – period.  Even if I had known the agent I would have done the same thing only with a few pleasantries added!

My buyer customer remarked that it would be unprofessional for me just to leave the door open. If a non-real estate professional understands this then what does it say about the other agent?

As a real estate agent it is my responsibility to protect the homes of all I come in contact with as a listing agent, a buyer’s agent or as a rental agent.

Although it was not "Burger King" - I had it my way.  Door locked!

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Gary L. Waters, Florida licensed real estate broker/owner Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, Melbourne, Florida serving Florida's Space Coast including the cities and communities of Melbourne, Viera, Rockledge, Suntree, Merritt Island, Cocoa Beach and the surrounding region.

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Kim Gaston
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Don't give it a second thought, absolutely you did the right thing.

June 05, 2012 08:07 PM
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Tim - Must be nice... Thanks!

Richard - Amen...thanks!

Irene - Taking that responsibility seriously is the mark of a professional. Thanks.

Kim - Thanks!

June 06, 2012 06:06 AM
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Maureen McCabe
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You did the right thing.

I could not get a door locked recently and I recognized the agent so I gave her the key.  I probably should NOT have done that.  I asked her, her name just to be sure I was recognizing her (former TV news reporter ?  anchor?)

June 06, 2012 08:09 AM
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Maureen - I have done it once and then I thought about the possibilities...never again!

June 09, 2012 06:25 AM
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Gary, I have been in this siuation several times myself. The electronic lockbox indicates that you are the last one to access the property. First, you don't know the other agent. Then, if the agent coming in behind you doesn't properly lock up then it's your responsibility.  I agree with you, I would have done the same thing you did.

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