The 8 X-Cop Rules of a Safe Open House

Open House UpdateGood Day Everyone, I’m Connor MacIvor, your host for the Valencia RE/MAX Real Estate Radio show.

Today is our Open House Broadcast for the Santa Clarita Valley Cities.

One of the items I will discuss after we get into today’s real estate radio show news and the introduction is how a Cop would Conduct an open house. (I was one – I should know 🙂 )

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I have developed a seven day a week format when discussing the real estate trends, news and events. Items that I have learned which make a HUGE difference when anyone wants to contemplate buying or selling a home.  It’s a big deal and time needs to be devoted in the educational aspect.

Of course, you are going to hire me because I’m a professional and to save yourselves some of the heartache of attempting to do it yourself. I get that. But you need to know other aspects of the dealing so you don’t get taken and if you think you are you can stand tall and say so!

Example. I’m not a lender, but on Thursdays we have our truth in lending real estate radio show. I prepare you with regard to what questions to ask a lender and in the answering of other “lender related” requests. You need to know the “right questions” so you can be insured you are getting the best deal and service a lender has to offer you.

8 Cop Rules for a Safe Open House – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

Today is our Santa Clarita Open House Broadcast. We have posted up all of the current open houses in the Santa Clarita Valley Cities.

When you click on the preceding link – you will then see all of the open houses being held today in the SCV Cities.

When you click on the link below this text, you will see all of the open houses being held in all of Southern California Today!

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Hosting an Open House as an X-COP…

Well, I am honorably retired to boot. Sometimes our clients want to have us host open houses. I’m a fan of open houses even though they don’t perform well at selling homes.

They are great for us as Realtors and They are “safe” as long as the rules are obeyed and enforced.

Rule 1 – Your personal property. Keep this stuff out of sight. Lock it up. Remove medicine from the medicine cabinets. Keep guns, change, ammunition under lock and key. Hide the place where you have your stuff locked up.

Rule 2 – Depersonalize everything. No family photos, no “I love me walls”. No diplomas or certificates on the walls. Nothing that can tie you, as a homeowner, to the home that is being held open.

Rule 3 – No Cars. Remove your cars – Park all of your vehicles away from the property. Don’t leave any “licensed” vehicles in the garage, on the side of the home or parked in close proximity. We don’t need any of these “open house” visitors knowing what cars belong with what home – just in case 🙂

Rule 4 – Don’t Open your Door – Open houses, good open houses, are publicized at least a week in advance. Sometimes, those searching for open houses, may want to come and doorknock early. If they are “up to no good” or if they are just wanting to “get in early” – don’t do it and don’t let them in!

Rule 5 – Signing in – We will have anyone wanting to gain access to sign in. However, they may not want too (fyi). That is the least we can do. Open houses can be GREAT – but they can also bring some of life’s scammers and thieves to the forefront and into your home.

Rule 6 – We are going to be Captain Questions  “Have you been approved for a home loan? Are you working with a real estate agent? When you are finished viewing, will you please give me feedback I may pass along to my seller?” Got to ask. We have to know. We are not shy with these questions. It’s important to let those visiting the open house know they are going to be watched and our seller’s are going to be protected by our command presence.

Rule 7 – We won’t leave – Some agents – take off to go show properties. That’s Bad JUJU. The last thing we want is to have your open house held open without anyone there. That’s a turnoff to those viewing, but more importantly – that puts your personal property at risk.

Rule 8 – The debrief – Make sure you keep track of the happenings on your block for the next few days(you should always do this by habit 🙂 ). Write down any strange vehicles, parked on your street that are occupied or not occupied(the perp maybe laying down). Make sure you keep your doors and windows locked and make sure you take your time when leaving and before getting out your car when you arrive home!

These rules, when strictly enforced can mean the difference between a safe and productive open house and one that causes you to wonder if it was worth it.

Make sure you have us explain what we think about open houses and make sure you also adhere to our rules to keep yours safe!

I’m Connor MacIvor with REMAX of Valencia CA and I’m glad to be of service!