Although it may not be everyone's cup of tea, I am a big supporter of the Second Amendment. I carry a firearm everywhere that I legally can. That covers my own personal safety. For those agents that do not want to learn about, practice and use firearms, then a good taser or can of mace will do. Or you can improvise by keeping a fire extinguisher near by. Spray them with the white foam then hit them with the red can. I'm just saying.
As for the safety of the belongings of the seller, I usually insist that the seller: Keeps anything of value in a safe or a separate indiscreet box. High value items, such as wide screen tvs or monitors, computers, etc cannot be taken out so easily. It's the small stuff that should be hidden. Keep any and all bills out of sight.
Terrence Charest, e-Pro
PS - Grew up respecting and using firearms, many years in the military protecting the freedoms most take for granted.
I like some of the answers that were posted;
1. Don't do it alone; always have at least another agent/security guard on duty too.
2. Register all visitors and require a photo ID.
3. Store or remove all valuables.
4. Try and hold open house ONLY at VACANT properties.
5. Pepper Spray
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Make sure all medications are put away and hidden. We had a guy who used to go through medicine chests here, and take prescription drugs.
Be aware of the five concerns every citizen has who will cross the threshold of your open house. Get the blinders off and realize, if you didn't do a product launch, then this open house isn't about selling this home! It's about networking, promoting, connecting and cross marketing.
Safety. Never go alone. A properly marketed open house will need three or four folks. In your launch media let folks know it's only open from noon to two...or four to six...period. Two of your participants will be collaboration partners. One person must remain outside the home but able to view into the house. Let this person also be the official register dude and always packing a cell phone with every participants # on speed dial. Allow only one entry and exit point even if this requires cabling the gates shut. Never let someone cross the threshold without greeting them at the door and sharing the 'rules' as well what they should be looking for as they tour the home. If you have the staff, be the docent and get them in and out quickly...if they want to measure, look in the cabinets or attic...get their name and number to make an appt. All the other precautions mentioned below are practical ideas also. That 2nd Amendment thing works better in Idaho and Texas and a real problem in Chicago.
If you have a glimmer of recognition of the potential of a collaborative open house and would like more details about integrating collaborative marketing let me know.
In our area most homes are either a "vacant" foreclosure or short sale property. On the rare occasion that it is "owner" occupied, we have at least "2" of us sitting the O/H. If it's a 2 story, one is stationed usually in the middle area of the downstairs & "1" is stationed upstairs with flyers, etc. This way they are welcomed twice - intentionally!
Anyone with a motive, I think, would get a little nervous when they see the house manned twice. This is done along with what the other's do.
In our area, O/H are the way to go! There are so many buyer's here that it's a non-stop group coming in most of the day. It has also brought seller's out - especially from the neighborhood. They like to stop by and ask questions about selling their homes. Has worked out well for all involved.
Well, not being a fan of open houses, when I do do one, I always bring someone with me such as a mortgage consultant and an assistant because there is safety in numbers.
As for protecting the home owners, well that is a bit harder because I can't be with everyone everywhere in the home and I tell that to my clients when explaining open houses. I tell them to protect their valuables but that they should be aware that when people attend opens, they will be looking everywhere and opening up doors. I've seen buyers look in drawers, closets and under beds. If they do not want to be subjected to that type of invasion, then perhaps an open is not for them.
Personally, I do not think having open houses are necessary these days with the amount of exposure Realtors can give to their listings these days with the internet. Price the home properly, and it will sell. Opens are old school in my opinion.
I also just do not think they are safe because lets face it, if criminals want to do something, they will no matter who is sitting at the open. After all, when we are having an open house, what we are essentially doing is opening up the front door and welcoming in every stranger in the area. It's really no different than you or I right now, going to our front doors and just opening it up and leaving it open all day long. This is what I try and tell and warn for sale by owners about. Not to scare them as many Realtors or other for sale by owners will say, just to make them aware of the way the world is these days.
So, if Realtors still insist on having opens, they just have to think, safety first.
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I always do an open house with an associate if I do them. I don't do them often. I carry pepper spray but I am thinking about a stun gun. I think it is a little more important that women have some other kind of backup plan if they plan to do an open house. I am always alert as to where I am and where the visitors are.