5 Things You Should Know To Safely Sell Your Home

Tragic news headlines have alerted home owners and Realtors about the dangers lurking when showing homes for sale. “Arron Lewis, the suspect in the abduction and slaying of Arkansas real estate agent Beverly Carter, told reporters Tuesday that he pleaded not guilty to the charges only because his lawyer told him to.

Open House SignCarter’s body was found in a shallow grave near Cabot, about 20 miles northeast of central Little Rock, the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office said early Tuesday.”

As officers place Lewis in the back seat of a squad car, a reporter asks again, “Why Beverly?” “Because she was just a woman who worked alone, a rich broker,” Lewis says.” (source)

“Last October, a real estate agent was attacked inside a model home in Liberty Township, Ohio. Around that same time, a house in Trenton was burglarized during an open house.” (source)

“A Las Vegas realtor is recovering after she was raped and assaulted Thursday. She was showing a vacant house alone when the man attacked.” (source)

“Local real estate agents are on edge after police said a 55-year-old agent was put in a chokehold and punched in the face Saturday afternoon outside a Laguna Niguel home she had listed.”

All of these attacks on Realtors have occurred since September. And these aren’t the only ones.

The following safety advice was provided by courtesy of the staff of the Texas Association of Realtors:

lock box on front doorSelling your home means making it available to as many potential buyers as possible. Are you ready to have people you don’t know looking through your house? Here are a few safety-related questions you should consider when you’re ready to sell:

  1. Where will your property information be posted online?
  2. If there’s a lockbox for the keys, who will have access to it?
  3. Who will be present during showings and open houses?
  4. Which of your valuables should be locked up, and which personal items removed?
  5. What should you do if someone stops by to see the home without an appointment?

If you have concerns about the safety of your property and your family while your home is on the market, talk with a Texas REALTOR®. He or she can recommend ways to protect you and your property.

Above all, be aware of your surroundings. Use your head – not emotions. If some stranger insists on meeting you at one of your home listings, ask for backup by your broker or another trusted agent.

You’ll be glad you did.

Be safe!

For all your Montgomery County Real Estate Needs contact the Michelle Wheeler Team
Wayne Stroman, Broker
Lake-Conroe-Realtors.com TREC Lic. 0416282
Call the Property Desk at 936-588-7004
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Michelle Wheeler
Lake Conroe Area Team Leader

Real Estate Listing and Sales

Wayne Stroman
Lake-Conroe-Realtors.com Broker

 

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