Who’s to blame?
There was a recent discussion about a negligent agent, who used the lockbox on a property, showed it to a buyer and then left the home unlocked.
Of course, that was careless, stupid and negligent. Please feel free to add more choice words.
Being in real estate, we have seen properties that have been shown and not left in the original condition. For sure everyone has a story about this.
There are times that windows, front, back and sliding doors are left open or unlocked. Lights left on, toilets left unflushed and thermostats changed. There are times when muddy footprints are left during inclement weather and fingerprints and food remnants left by the buyers and or their kids.
So the blame is on the agent who showed the house.
Or is it?
When we take a listing we take on the responsibility to the owner. If we are not accountable to our sellers, what do they need us for?
Putting a sign in the ground, putting it in the MLS, and putting on a lockbox... is that the end of our duties to the seller?
Sure go reprimand the showing agent, report them to their broker and write them a scolding email.
Go ahead just tell your seller it wasn’t your fault.
I think our sellers deserve more!!