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Should i tell my realtor that after a showing of my home...?

Asked by M., Michigan Mon Apr 7, 2008

there were books removed from a bookshelf in the library/ office room and left on the coffee table in my living room. I just think thats kind of weird as they weren't over to look at buying my book collection but my house. I am being to sensitive?

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M - Most definately tell your Realtor. If you have a concern he/she will want to know! Also, if another agent has shown the property your Realtor will want to discuss the concern with them. If you ever wonder if you should discuss something with your Reatlor, your answer is yes. In this market it really take a team (the seller and the Realtro) effort to accomplish the successful sale and closing of your home. The key is in communication so by all means keep it open between the two of you. Good Luck!
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Absolutely tell your Realtor. He/she needs to politely discuss with the showing agent and find out why the showing included not just the home but the contents also! Always communicate with your Realtor, they work for you and want to keep you pleased with their performance in every way.
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One of the things I suggest when I find a client appears to be interested in a home is to sit down on the sofa and envision themself living there. Mind you, selecting a book ususally isn't what one would do however if there isn't any harm done - I don't know if I would over-react.
If it really bothers you and they are expensive leather bound books or you just simply don't want anyone to touch the books; ask your agent to alert their receptionist or showing desk staff, she can place a memo to ask other agents an their clients not to touch. only look and that should solve your problem. Think it out first, after all you want people to feel at home.
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First of all, please put any valuables you may have into a secure storage location away from your home. If you have a collection of valuable books you should not have them on display during the listing period. That goes for any jewelry (should also be locked up and away), prescription medicines, important papers, art pieces and collectibles of any kind.

Buyers open cupboards, drawers, doors, atics, etc. I had one of my own buyers open a cupboard of a piece of furniture that didn't come with the house WHILE I WAS ACCOMPANYING HIM AROUND THE HOUSE. I was with him through every room on every listing and I had an obligation to keep watching him. I had to say "That doesn't come with the house anyway, so we don't need to see inside, but check out this big walk-in closet!". As a realtor we must have ready strategy to keep buyers on track and to avoid touching personal property. You just can't trust everyone and clients are not always friends of the agents. Many are complete strangers whom the agent didn't know prior to the home search. But the very best way to avoid problems is to pack valuables away (out of the home).

Yes, I would report it to the agent; in writing. (email works fine for this). Agent should know and should send written notice to the other agent who showed the house to clue them in to the intrusion to personal property. Usually it's the buyer's agent who accompanies buyer on viewing appointments. If you know for sure which appointment this happened in you can be a little picky. If you had an open house when this happened you may want just mention your curiosity about the finding.
I don't think this would have happened if the buyer's agent was accompanying the buyer through the tour. And if the agent sat and read while the buyer looked at the house, tsk, tsk- also not a real good practice when a home is not vacant.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 7, 2008
Sometimes buyers bring along the kids, and let them "loose". While it's unacceptable, it's not uncommon. Let your agent know, because viewing your home does NOT INCLUDE tampering with personal items. Your agent will likely be livid- your home is not a playground, and should be treated with respect.
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M, there is not doubt in my mind. I do not think you are being too sensitive. In fact, if I were your listing agent I would want to know this immediately so that I could call the showing agent and have a conversation about it. I think that would give you more piece of mind.

I hope this information helps! Best Wishes!
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 7, 2008

Often times there are "weird" things that go on at home showings. I'm sure every listing agent has tales to tell.

I previously had a vacant home listed for sale, that I typically checked on regularly for the out of state seller. Apparently ,someone, during the home showing used the facilities. The toilet was stuffed with paper, and had overflowed all over the floor, into the master bedroom. Needless to say, it was a mess!

I found it a few days later.

Had the buyer's agent contacted me asap, I would have been able to have it taken care of immediately.

I don't think you're being sensitive. I understand your feelings.

Sandy Shores
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 7, 2008
Yes, I would tell your Realtor, it may have been the kids while she was showing your home around.
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