Be Careful When Showing Vacant Property!!!!

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Real Estate Agent with Labrum Real Estate

safety All of us at times get lax when it comes to our personal safety when we go about our busy days and those of us in the Real Estate Business are no different than anyone else and at times we take things for granted as after all it's just another day but we can never ignore to do the things necessary to insure our safety.

 Today an agent in my office went to show a vacant property that is bank owned (REO) and her first mistake was not letting anyone know where she was going and the second mistake was she ignored the signs in the property that someone may be living there illegally. There was food on the kitchen counters and toiletries in one bathroom that looked fresh but in her excitement to show the home she ignored them.

 Upon entering the master bedroom with her buyers she showed them the large bathroom and then proceeded to open the door to the walk in closet and lo and behold there was a homeless man hiding inside. Startled by the unexpected encounter the agent and the buyers made a hasty exit out the front door followed by the intruder who ran down the street in the opposite direction.

 Fortunately no one was hurt today with the exception of some rattled nerves so please use this as a reminder to always be prepared and put your safety first especially when showing vacant properties.

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Rainer
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Thanks, we often forget that things can happen, and times have become more difficult

July 10, 2008 12:43 PM
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Cameron Wilson
The Short Guy - Murrieta,Temecula,Menifee California
Labrum Real Estate

Thanks everyone for your comments and since I have been in the process of moving I havn't had a chance to answer each one of you.

Hey Paul and Lucy Amanda.

July 12, 2008 06:46 PM
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Shirley Parks
Broker, 210-414-0966, San Antonio TX Homes
Sands Realty 210-414-0966

oooh too scary... that is why I always take my (retired) husband with me.

August 10, 2008 12:12 PM
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Freddy Solis
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Carrington Real Estate Services

Homeless, how about wild animals that make it into the house for shelter. I usually try to make as much noise as possible before I open the front door and step inside, then I still call out that I am entering the property once or twice, specially to those dark basement in properties that have the utilities turned off.

August 10, 2008 12:28 PM
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Thomas Moore
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Always use you gut instincts. If you feel the least bit unconformtable,,,, then it's always better safe than sorry. I make sure to carry protection!

August 10, 2008 04:36 PM
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