Paul S.  Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker! (Fathom Realty Washington LLC)

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Dipti Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
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Jul 17, 2018 09:02 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Of course, I did by many reasons.

And I would do the same in your situation. If the house is 'enter at your own risk', going there late without light does make no sense.

Mar 09, 2015 04:29 PM
Eric Valente
Calabasas, CA

Usually, it is the house itself. Some issues can become liabilities: mold, holes in the ceilings and floors, the foundation ( houses on the hills), etc. 

Mar 09, 2015 12:10 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Yes, we have one that we do not allow anyone into.

Dec 07, 2019 10:40 PM
Sham Reddy CRS
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

If I find the buyer ready, willing and able and willing to come into the office for an initial consultation, and upon qualification, I will show them any house as long as I take someone with me, let someone know where I am going and with who or take precaustions while I am there, I feel safe

Mar 09, 2015 08:40 PM
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Paul, one house had mold so bad that it was instant headache when I walked in through the front door.  I told the client it would be unwise to go ahead due to health reasons. 

Mar 09, 2015 07:59 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Paul Henderson - you are just doing right - the buyer needs to adjust the schedule to look at the home.

Mar 09, 2015 12:31 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

There have been two very distinct times that something didn't quite feel right about a showing.  Both times I took another agent with me.  And, both times, I was glad I did.  It wasn't the neighborhood, or the house that concerned me. It was the individual.  It was back in my early years as an agent in the 1980s. Back then, we did a little prequalification of buyers, but didn't always insist they become lender pre-approved before showing.  The pre-approval process does add a measure of security.

Mar 09, 2015 11:20 AM
Dan Tabit
Keller Williams Bellevue - Sammamish, WA

My wife had an incident where she made an appointment to a very out of the way home.  When she arrived, the keybox was not out.  After checking out the neighborhood, it was out.  She called the homeowner, got voice mail.  She knocked, rang the bell and elected not to go in.  The owners boyfriend later called that he was "waiting for her and her client to come in and was going to let them have it."  She trusted her gut and I'm glad she did. 

Mar 09, 2015 09:37 AM
Michael Layton
RE/MAX Desert Properties - Palm Springs, CA
Experience and Trust

I refused to hold open houses at a home that was in an okay neighborhood, but the street in front of it was a major thouroughfare to a bad neighborhhod. 

Decided I did not want to be a sitting duck for any trouble. That one was by appointment only.

It still sold.

Mar 09, 2015 09:27 AM
Tim Kennedy
US Mortgage Coporation - Northport, NY
NMLS #26323 / 516-729-6040

Yes, As a lender I went to an open house with a Realtor.   She was the listing agent.  We walked in thru the back door.  It was a 'crack' house. We walked out the front door.  I advised the realtor to leave and never look back.      

Mar 09, 2015 09:21 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I have refused to list a house because of the neighborhood. I didn't want to be in the area even in the daytime. 

Mar 09, 2015 08:20 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Being a buyer broker for a home that was a short sale, ring door bell where the seller was there, yelling we were stealing her home by trying to buy it. We moved pretty quick to get out of there

Mar 09, 2015 08:05 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Yes, but never because of the location, rather the home.   Either mold or loose floors that I was afraid to walk through.

Mar 09, 2015 05:16 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

In the situation Paul Henderson describes I would have known showing a house when it can not be seen (dark) is and exercise in futility. I would have refused.

One of the best listing I ever took compelled me to have all who entered to sign a waiver stating they have been advised of the hazards and hold harmless the agent, broker and franchise involved. The property needed a clean out and the real hazard present was to those wearing open toed footwear who were denied entrance anyway.

Everyone thought they were getting into a very special deal and the offers poured in and EVERYONE provided complete and real contact information!. I am looking for another property to execute the same plan.

Mar 09, 2015 05:00 AM
Sharon Altier, SFR
Lawton Realty Group, Inc. - Elmhurst, IL
Your Real Estate Partner

I would have handled it the same way.  I tend NOT to show past dusk.  Properties do not show as well, in addition to safety factors (personal safety as well as property safety).  "Enter at your own risk" also concerns me regarding liability issues..

Mar 09, 2015 04:53 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I was once showing a building that we were going to lease for short term, and as I was walking around the second floor, my heel went into the floor.  I got the potential tenant out of there, and promised to show him an alternate space.  Then, I called the owner, and told him about it.  We all decided to tear it down and build again...

As far as areas, since we were focused on hip luxury, potential places were often in decent areas, although we had bums finding a way to get in and sleep there.  A

Mar 09, 2015 03:58 AM
Cindy Davis
SD Home Source Realty - San Diego, CA

As an older female, there are certain areas of town I don't work in. I don't advertise in those areas and would refer those buyers to a neighborhod specialist.

Mar 09, 2015 03:35 AM