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How to Handle Showing Vacant Homes in Sacramento

One of the drawbacks for me with the way Zillow imports data from MLS is my name needs to be first on the listing. I really prefer my team member's name to be first so he or she can directly manage the buyer calls. However, with my name first in MLS, I get hit with all the drama, spammers, can-I-rent-this-house types of calls, texts and emails; just comes with the territory and is the trade-off.

What tends to throw me off is how so many buyer's agents could benefit from guidance and supervision from their brokers. It is eye opening.

Some agents simply access lockboxes and walk into occupied homes without permission and without looking up the house in MLS to read showing instructions. Because they are out with "clients" maybe their cousin, who knows, and that cousin says, "Hey, look over there. A house for sale; let's go see it. There is a lockbox." And the agent doesn't think twice about unlocking the house and walking in.

That agent better hope nobody is sleeping or in the shower or sitting on the sofa with a loaded rifle.

However, when a home is listed in MLS as vacant with lockbox as the showing instructions, that is a different story. You can read more in my personal blog today at this link: Vacant Home Showing Tips for Sacramento Buyer's Agents.

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Elizabeth Weintraub is an author, home buying expert for About.com, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Weintraub is also a Sacramento Short Sale agent who lists and successfully sells short sales throughout the four-county Sacramento area with an emphasis on Elk Grove. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put 40 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at Lyon Real Estate. BRE License # 00697006.

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