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Published on August 31st, 2011D'Ann Bartley
I’m wondering how sellers feel about the concept of welcoming total strangers into their homes at the typical weekend Open House. The sellers spend lots of time preparing/cleaning the house first, and then they leave for the afternoon during the designated hours, while their Realtor hosts. Now anyone can come to an Open House, right? Whether or not it is affordable…it might be fun just to see how it’s decorated! Or (perish the thought), to see if anything of value has been left out that can be “borrowed” while the agent is distracted by another house browser… and it’s acceptable to open the closets up, right? Obviously, in this home, there is only a woman living here alone; no men’s clothing at all. Hmmmm….
Do you see where I’m going with this? Is this a form of insanity? Why would we let total strangers into our homes? If a person is a serious buyer who wants to see the interior of a home, will they not contact their real estate agent and make an appointment to view the home? That is the only thing that makes sense to me. Qualified buyers entering the home via a pre-scheduled appointment! Otherwise, the home is open 24/7 on the internet, without endangering anyone, including the real estate agent who is definitely vulnerable at an Open House, particularly a vacant one. Please share your comments, and I’ll get off my soapbox now!