This past weekend, I was showing homes to a wonderful couple.
We arrived at the first home to find a handwritten note on the front door:
I am out of town
Home Security Alarm is Armed
Of course, there was no alarm information with the key, nor was there any alarm information on the MLS. I had already logged in with the listing office and left a message for the homeowner, as was directed in the showing instructions.
I called the listing agent's cell phone. No answer, so I left a voice mail message.
I then called the listing agent's office to see if they knew anything about the alarm. They didn't, but they were kind enough to call the listing agent at his home. Unfortunately, they also could only leave a voice mail message.
We didn't view that home. We weren't about to set off the alarm system.
The next day, the listing agent called to tell me the alarm isn't really on, so just ignore that sign. Well, it was a little too late - we finished viewing homes the day before!
It's a shame they didn't get to see this home. It may have worked for them. But, we found them another home that they are now considering buying. This homeowner may have lost out on a sale.
Alarm systems can be a deterrent to home showings. I know...I've set them off before.
False notes stating that the alarm system is armed will most definitely prevent showings...thus preventing a sale.
Don Fabrizio-Garcia, REALTOR
Connecticut Real Estate & Appraisals
CT Home Group
Keller Williams CT Realty
Connecticut Real Estate and Homes for Sale