Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties, The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730 (Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070)

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Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I do not recall any missing items after showings but there have been many instances of stolen appliances, air conditioning equipment and even copper plumbing.

There have also been complaints of agents leaving doors open or unlocked.

Jul 08, 2015 09:54 AM
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Stefan Winter
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Owner - Winter Group & Real Estate Web Tech

I have not thankfully, I always have the talk at a listing appointment about really locking away anything crimals would love to get their hands on, especially medication, guns, and easy to hide electronics.

I also tell my agents, never leave the side of a client in a house that is still being lived in.

Jul 08, 2015 05:36 PM
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Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
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Debbie - Fortunately I have not had that happen to me.

Jul 08, 2015 03:38 PM
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
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I did once a long time ago have a seller call me upset about furniture missing. She felt SURE an agent with a lockbox key had taken it.  In the end she apologized when she found out her son had taken it (with Dad's permission) who forgot to mention it to mom.

Jul 08, 2015 02:33 PM
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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Thankfully I've never had this happen. 

Jul 08, 2015 02:25 PM
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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

That is terrible for the agent and buyer - I showed a house one time that was a pig sty - the agent called me later to ask if I knew about the seller's missing Mont Blanc pen - Honestly - that seller couldn't have know if his kids were missing that house was such a mess - much less a Mont blanc pen - 

Jul 08, 2015 12:18 PM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Two times.

The first time a real estate agent lingered in the kitchen FOREVER. I had to take a call and seconds after I turn away, he found it was time to leave. That evening the owner called to report they had violated the rules I set forth from day one, and their big bottle of Oxy went missing from the kitchen cabinet.  and I never saw that agent or heard of him afterwards.

The second was a Swag Bag for door prize give away went missing at a open house where I had six people staffing the event!  

What did I do about it? Learn to trust no one but keep smiling and remove the opportunity.

I know agents say they don't like the listing agent following them around.  SMILE.

Jul 08, 2015 12:17 PM
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Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Yes once when I was new and doing an open house for another agent a couple came in and they supposedly took prescription drugs from the medicine cabinet. I never forgot that one.

Jul 08, 2015 11:53 AM
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Evelyn M Epperson
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Johns Creek, GA
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No never!

Jul 08, 2015 11:34 AM
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
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I had an elderly women who swore up and down that her laptop had been stolen, I called both agents who had shown her house and both took offense to me even asking if they had seen it. 

The next day my client called and said she had hid it in her pillow and found it when she went to bed 

I made some calls to make that next day...

Jul 08, 2015 11:21 AM
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Carol Williams
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This is an unfortunate incident.  I've never had it happen, but it does.  When I was an active agent, I tried to educate my client upfront to put away all valuables AND medications before all showings and Open Houses.  

Jul 08, 2015 11:19 AM
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Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

I have not but it does scare the begeebers out of me.  Discuss with broker.

Jul 08, 2015 10:33 AM
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Spirit Messingham
Tierra Antigua Realty - Tucson, AZ
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A listing I represent no?  I did have to share feedback with an agent a couple of weeks ago that asked for feedback.  I told her might be a good idea to tell her client NOT to leave her adult toy charging on the dresser.   These are conversations I should not have to have.   Back to your question, seller should not leave that laying around when your house is listed for sale.  If it is valuable, do not leave it out.

Jul 08, 2015 09:38 AM
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Cindy Davis
SD Home Source Realty - San Diego, CA

Good reminder for us all to tell sellers to lock things up that are easy to take a valuable.

Jul 08, 2015 09:31 AM
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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Fortunately, I've never had this happen. I also have my sellers sign off on a document that says I warned them to put away all valuables, expensive electronics, prescription medicine, firearms, etc. prior to showings.

Jul 08, 2015 09:34 PM
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TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
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 Good Thursday morning Debbie. I have heard of this happening before.

Jul 08, 2015 06:28 PM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
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It is terrible. I wish it does not happen to any of us. Those criminals who steal stuff, they can be too skillful to be caught.

Jul 08, 2015 04:50 PM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I start an investigation of who was where and make a few calls.  Then, if needed...police are brought in.

Jul 08, 2015 11:40 AM
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Jack Lewitz
Exit Strategy Realty - Evanston, IL

I have not encountered a situation like that but I am not surprised by seller or agent reaction to the acusation of stealing . 

 I would recommend security cameras or just lock a closet that has personal property  that is of value. 

 

 

Jul 08, 2015 10:00 AM
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Debra Kay Mathews
Debra Kay Realty - Debary, FL
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I take all my classses on line. I use Bert Rodgers. 

Jul 09, 2015 08:41 PM
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Scott McCracken
Homesmart - Phoenix, AZ
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No I have never had that happen before...

Jul 09, 2015 06:58 PM
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Raymond Faria
Keller Williams Realty - Rio Vista, CA
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I have not

 

Raymond Faria

Jul 09, 2015 03:19 PM
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Robert Smith
Preview Properties, PC - http://www.RealEstateMich.com - Brighton, MI
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Yes, it has happened.  I always talk to my sellers about security of personal property - and safety. In fact I have a short brochure that they get as part of my pre-list package.  They are also told if it does happen they need to file a police report and file with their homeowner's insurance company.

Jul 09, 2015 12:14 AM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Debbie Reynolds Fortunately, I have never had this happen to me. Educating the seller is key during the listing appointment. I always told my sellers to lock all valuables away to keep the honest people more honest.

Jul 08, 2015 11:56 PM
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Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
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Well, did the IPAD ever reappear? What a nightmare! Never have  had a problem...fortunately!

Jul 08, 2015 10:17 PM