|Please be advised that due to new safety measures most realtors are now following these safety procedures
Safety tips for homeowners and real estate agents holding open houses:
Homeowners selling a house need to remember that strangers will be walking through their home. Hide any valuables in a safe and secure place. If you have a vault or a fire safe box, keep all important documents as well as jewelry in it. If you have prescription drugs, keep them away from plain sight. This way, those who are trying to seek some thrills will not be tempted.
Maintain an information sheet and have all open house visitors sign in. Ask for full name, address, phone number, and email address.
Handle all prospects in the same manner and by the same rules. If you make it clear to all prospects that they must sign a register and leave their identification with you while they view the home, then you are following a policy to protect the seller as well as yourself. Legitimate prospects won't mind and may be favorably impressed.
Write all identification numbers down on your log.
At an open house, be alert on the pattern of visitors' arrivals, especially near the end of the showing hours. In some areas, a group of thieves may show up together near the end of the open house and, while a string of supposed potential buyers distracts the realtor, stealing any valuable they come across.
For agents, never work an open house alone. Bring another agent or a mortgage broker along. They can help you register guests, or accompany one group to view the home while you work with a second group.
Make sure your cell phone is freshly charged before you hold an open house. Keep it handy. Practice dialing 911 without looking at the dial. Hopefully, you will never need this skill, but if you do, you'll be ready.