Selling a house is tough no matter what kind of market you’re in “but according to some Bay Area real estate agents, the shifting market is bringing out more wacko buyers”sfgate.
For me the most traumatizing aspect of selling a house is having total strangers traipsing though it daily. And just when you’re ready to relax after a long week at work, you have to clean up and clear out for the Open House on Sunday. During one such open house at the last place I sold, 4 pairs of my unmentionables went missing (yes 4!). Who does that? I later found out that some pervert had been going from open house to open house looting ladies lingerie among other things. Lovely!
Just recently a duo that could be the Thelma and Louis of real estate in New York got busted for stealing $70K worth of stuff from a Manhattan penthouse. Real estate pros will tell you stealing is nothing new. If I sell another home I’m thinking setting up one of those “Nanny Cam’s” wouldn’t be a bad idea. The first thing every seller should do is to remove all valuables before putting the house on the market. Some crooks have used open houses to case the joint and then come back later to burgle.
I was trading real estate horror stories with some friends last week and there really is some creepy stuff going on out there. In Austin, Texas a woman selling her home was killed a few years ago after she let a man in who was posing as a prospective buyer and asked if she could show him the house because he had no agent. I know at least two female real estate agents that have been accosted by potential clients. And of course there’s the agent and his girlfriend having their fun in a vacant property. Scarry stuff!