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Don't Show Your Home to Strangers Without an Appointment

If you are a home owner and are thinking of selling your home or if you are already selling, please read this article. It is a very important reminder that your safety should always come first. "Don't show your home to strangers without an appointment!" It is the same thing we teach our children from the moment they begin to walk; "Don't talk to strangers!"

The other day a seller client told me that she showed her home to strangers off the street who knocked on her door and expressed interest in seeing the place without an appointment. She accommodated them. We don't know who they are, or even if they were qualified to buy. She just hoped they might be the ones. I told her to never do this again. Call me a suspicious New Yorker, but the risks outweigh the opportunity when you show you home to strangers with no appointment.  

Prior to scheduling a showing, we verify the credentials of showing agents, their contact information, and their licensure. Nobody gets an appointment without verification. If it is our own buyer, we verify their identity and their financial qualifications. Otherwise, I might as well have a hitchhiker in my car. To not take these measures I expose my firm to severe liability and clients to undue risk. 

What can go wrong by letting strangers into your home without a proper appointment? Plenty.

  • Theft
  • Violence
  • Vandalism
  • "Staking the place out" for future theft
  • Identity theft
That last point is a new one, but once someone can get a bill or some other personal item off your kitchen table you have the seeds of a far bigger problem than a stolen necklace. 

People who can't set up an appointment and insist on dealing directly with the owner of a listed property may not have a screw lose, but they are trying to pursue a fallacious angle, namely that bypassing the agent gives them an advantage. The bottom line is that while they may not hit you over the head, they are almost certainly wasting your time. 

J Philip Real Estate

Don't show without an appointment


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Comment balloon 5 commentsTerrie Leighton • January 28 2010 02:27PM


Very good advice. Every now and then when I go to show property and the seller is home I still register with the supra lockbox. It's always better safe than sorry.

Posted by Kim Dove, Realtor - Jacksonville FL (Watson Realty Corp) almost 9 years ago

This post should be required reading for all agents and homeowners alike..

Great choice for a re-blog Terrie.

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) almost 9 years ago

Great blog topic, many F.S.B.O's are unaware of the dangers as well as homeowners who are listed with agents. Great re-blog.

Posted by Craig Campeau (Coldwell Banker Burnet) almost 9 years ago

Kim ~ That is so smart! It is courteous to the listing agent as well. It just lets everyone know who was there and when.

Thanks Craig! This is great information especially for the FISBO's!

Craig ~ It is important information for all sellers alike!

Posted by Terrie Leighton, Reno Real Estate Agent ~ Selling Homes in Reno (Ferrari-Lund Real Estate ) almost 9 years ago

Terrie, it amazes me how much at risk home owners are, shocking, danger out there.  Have a great week. Dallas Apartment Locator,, Dallas Aparment Finder, Dallas Apartments for Rent, Dallas Apartment Rentals

Posted by ~ Dallas Real Estate Agent Top Team (Dallas Houses for Rent Dallas Apartment Rentals ) almost 9 years ago

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