Thursday, 27 July 2017

That Laptop Has Legs, and The Invisible Realtor!

Written by Posted On Tuesday, 24 September 2013 02:32

These two stories go hand in hand, as they emphasize what your Realtor® may have not emphasized enough. This past weekend I had the pleasure of experience both incidents.

After my listing presentation with some clients, we decided to view some homes in the are they were interested in moving up to. We viewed 4 homes, and the last wasn't on our list, but we were nearby and followed the signs. After viewing the home, where the agent or owner requested that shoes be removed, as we were putting our shoes on, we heard some shouting and jostling.

A very shady character came in and after being told to remove his shoes, he had said he was just looking for his binder which he left earlier. Needless to say, he somehow grabbed the owner's laptop and proceeded to make a run for it, pushing people out of the way (over 10 people were viewing the home). My client valiantly tried to trip him, but he continued and made his getaway with plenty of witness who had very detailed descriptions of the culprit, his car, and his female accomplice.

Needless to say, this further drove home the warning that we as Realtors® discuss with our clients prior to listing a home. I've experienced nosy 'buyers' attempting to go through seller's drawers and personal belongings, and during open houses it is impossible for us to be everywhere, although I have been called Superwoman before :)

If you are selling your home, please be diligent, as this is sometimes the perfect scenario for a thief.

The second incident also drives home the 'don't leave that out there' point. I enlisted the services of an agent to host my open house while I worked with other clients, and received a call from one of my 'spies' that the home was vacant-no Realtor®! I arrived shortly after and he was still hiding. 10 minutes later Mr. Invisible shows up saying he's been moving his signs.

Needless to say, I immediately fired the unprofessional host and hosted fo the next 1 1/2 hours. After over 8 years experience, this is a first, and it's emphasized how even as Realtors®, we need to be more diligent interviewers for our clients. Fortunately my clients had taken the necessary precautions.

I'm not an alarmist, and don't subscribe to paranoia, but taking precautions and exercising your due diligence will help prevent the loss of your valuables.

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Lisa Wiseman



A Silicon Valley Native You Can Trust...

A local Bay Area native who grew up in Cupertino and a resident of Almaden Valley, for over 25 years, Lisa has been a full time Realtor for 11 years with Intero Real Estate Services, a premier Silicon Valley company.

Prior to her career with Intero, she had successful careers in the pharmaceutical and grocery industries that assisted in sharpening her sales and negotiating skills. Once her career in real estate began, it became clear that real estate was her true passion. "I work tirelessly to help both my sellers and buyers achieve their real estate dreams, delivering the best customer service possible. I believe that my clients deserve a tireless advocate during the process. I receive great satisfaction from assisting home buyers and sellers, whether assisting seniors and their adult children with resources to sell the family home and downsize, handing the key to excited first time home buyers, or assisting investors with 1031 investments or flips. I am committed to providing my clients with the knowledge, negotiating skills, the latest in high tech home buying or selling, educating you on the home process, and whatever is required in partnering to achieve their goals. Entertaining children so clients are able to view homes, and checking up on home bound seniors is all part of the work I love. The sale and purchase of your home or investment property is the most important sale and purchase you can make, and it should be treated that way."

As a Seniors Real Estate Specialist(R), our team is experienced and knowledgeable in meeting your specific needs. And that can make all the difference in the world. Moving can be very stressful and overwhelming, particularly for seniors and their families. We assist seniors and their families with their personal downsizing or aging-in-place needs in the sensitive and caring manner needed to transition during these difficult changes. We are accustomed to working with the most difficult of family dynamics and situations at a very trying and challenging time to make this as smooth a process as possible.


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