It seems to be getting more difficult to know when to trust someone at your door. SMH is concerned about providing valuable and common sense strategies to make your selling experience a safe one.
1. If an agent comes to your property and you are at home, make them use their NWMLS key-box which will record electronically the name of the agent and real estate company along with the time and date. All agents should also present a business card or leave it at the property if you are not home.
2. If a buyer comes to your door who is not accompanied by a licensed real estate agent you have options.
a. Request identification before letting them preview the property.
b. Copy down the automobile license plate number.
c. Request to see a pre-approval letter from the buyer’s lender.
At this point you have a choice whether to let them into your home or not.
Remember that this is your home and you don’t have to let anybody into your home if they make you feel uncomfortable.
4. You set the hours for any showings of your property. As a seller you want to make every effort to have your property viewed by as many potential buyers as possible, but you are in control. If a buyer either in person or on the phone makes you feel uncomfortable, tell them you would prefer that they view the property with a licensed real agent.
5. Let a friend or family member know when you are having showings for buyers not represented by a licensed real estate agent.
6. Have a friend or family member be present with you at showing appointments.
We know that a high percentage of people will be buyers looking for their new home. Follow your gut feeling and follow these simple procedures when showing your home and it can be an enjoyable experience. Your SMH representative is available to answer any seller safety questions in more detail.