Come On In Strangers

Written by Posted On Wednesday, 05 August 2015 06:39

Would you allow strangers to come into your home, walk through every room, and peek into your medicine cabinets, closets and drawers? Sure you would if you allow agents do to OPEN HOMES. An Open House allows strangers to roam around on their own through your home. Yet thousands of Open Houses are held each weeOpen House Safety firstk, and YOU are allowing it to happen. Why?

Since the early days of real estate, Open Houses have been popular ways for AGENTS to capture BUYERS. It’s common knowledge in our industry that less than 2% of the homes sell directly through an Open House, but it’s always been an excellent way for Realtors to find Buyers!

Today, we have the Internet to help expose your home to the marketplace. More than 90% of the buyers are now SHOPPING the INTERNET before they contact a Realtor, yet a few of these “buyers” are also “casing the joint” as they used to say, from the comfort of their own homes….so it is very important when you have pictures of your home on the Internet, that you do not show them your expensive art pieces, wine collection, or anything of great value.

Our world today is a lot different than the world many of us grew up in when it was safe to keep your doors unlocked or your car keys in your car. Those days arHome safety, protect valuablese gone forever! Today, SAFETY and SECURITY should be your # 1 concern when selling your home.

Here are a few suggestions when putting your home on the market.

  1. Never allow a stranger into your home without a Realtor. If someone knocks on your door wanting to see the house, give them the name and telephone number of your Realtor. Usually this information is on the sign advertising your home for sale.
  2. Keep all valuables OUT OF SIGHT. Keep medicines in a plastic bag hidden safely away. You’d be amazed how many drug addicts visit Open Houses and they head right for the bathroom! Today it’s hard to tell the addicts apart from the beautiful housewife who’s addicted to narcotics.
  3. Do not leave extra house keys lying around. Theses should be well out of sight.
  4. Do not leave your Flash Drives out in the open. You may have copied valuable data from your computer to your Flash Drive that you do not want others to have access to.

Basically, just use common sense and don’t leave anything out in the open of value when your home is on the market. When inviting strangers into your home, don’t make you or your valuables a tempting target!

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IMPORTANT: If you or someone you know is interested in buying or selling a home in the Palm Desert Area, try searching properties on the same Desert Area MLS Realtor’s use, or give me a call….or visit my website at Palm Springs Homes and Estates. I will be happy to give you or your referral my red carpet service.” After the sale, I will send you a $50 Gift Certificate towards dinner in a fabulous Palm Springs Area Restaurant so you can celebrate!

Nancy Hankin, Palm Springs Real Estate Agent
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I moved to beautiful Palm Springs, California to the desert, known as the Coachella Valley, from Milwaukee, WI in 1992. I wanted to be surrounded by sunshine, wonderful year-round weather and expansive mountain views. And that's exactly what I got! Now I specialize in helping others relocate and find their own special Home in Palm Springs, a true Paradise.

Most folks think of this area as Palm Springs, however, the Valley actually consists of (9) cities, each with their own personality: Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Indio, Desert Hot Springs and Coachella.

I've been in Real Estate Sales, Marketing, Public Relations and Administrative work my entire career, which began in 1965. Being a Realtor is more than a business for me, it's a true passion and my client's interests are my main concern. I'm detail oriented, organized and I have a vast knowledge of the desert and the properties within the Valley. Unlike many Realtors who only specialize in one or two areas in Coachella Valley, I've SOLD Real Estate Properties in all of the communities of Coachella Valley.

I am more than just a Realtor. I have also been named one of less than 50,000 Realtors nationwide who is a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) and  one of less than 15,000 Realtors nationwide who is a Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES).  I am also a Real Estate Broker and e-Pro Certified, which means that I have an excellent understanding of technology as it applies to real estate on the Internet.

Due to my extraordinary production with RE/MAX over the years, I have achieved many top honors. I am a member of the Prestigious 100% Club, the Platinum Club and a Hall of Fame Member. Only 10% of the Realtors with RE/MAX in the California/Hawaii Region have earned this Platinum Club recognition.

Many of my clients are now friends, and they have referred both their family and friends to me. They know I'll take very good care of them from the beginning of our relationship, to after it's closed, and beyond that! I don't go away. I'm always available and eager to help in any way I can - before, during and after the sale! And to all those who continue to Refer Clients to me, a great deal of my work is from folks just like you, and it's greatly appreciated.


  • Majored in Journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with an emphasis on Sales, Public Relations and Marketing
  • Completed Courses in Real Estate Principles, Property Management, Office Administration, Agency and Ethics, Fair Housing, Trust Accounts, Real Estate Practice, Basic Appraisals and Real Estate Appraisals, Real Estate Finance and Real Estate Economics.
  • Completed courses in Sales, Sales Management and Board Development; Organizational Strategic Planning, Management Training and Fund Raising

My children, grandchildren, golfing, reading, writing, bridge, socializing....and trying to make a more positive difference in the world we live in.

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California Vacation Homes, Relocation, Retirement Homes & Communities, New Home Sales, Golf Course Communities, Single Family Homes, Condominiums, Estates, Ranches, Land Sales.


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