Out and About in Southwest Broward County: Showing Property After Dark

Showing Property After Dark

Showing Property After Dark is very common this time of year. While this in itself is nothing new, what is new, are the number of vacant properties on the market. More often than not, these vacant properties will not have electricity, and we will have to enter the property in the dark.

I have made it a point of always having a flashlight with me this time of year. In the last week or so, I have had to Show Property After Dark several times. I am working with someone looking for a single family home, and we have been meeting every day after work.

It can be quite erie to drive up to a dark house, and pull into the driveway when it is pitch black. We are in the suburbs and there are not many streetlights. I park in the driveway, open the car door, and am always relieved when the car lights go on! We get out of the car, walk up to the front door with the flashlight in tow. While I am fumbling with the lockbox trying to see the numbers, I always ask the buyer to hold my flashlight. Finally I retreive the key and slowly open the front door...what may we find??? Using the flashlight we look for lightswitches....sometimes we are in luck and the power will be on, but not always. 

While we may be in a fairly nice house, you simply cannot see it at night, and certainly not by flashlight alone. Even the nicest house will take on an erie feeling. The backyards are not visible at all, even by flashlight.

The other night we went through the whole routine, drove up to the dark house, got the flashlight out, opened the lockbox.....only to find NO KEY!! Well...so this wouldn't be a total waste of time, we used the flashlight to walk around the house...we opened the gate, walked past the hedges and into the backyard. We looked in the windows to see what we could. 

All in all....Showing Property After Dark is certainly not ideal, but when the buyers we are working with have no other available time, we do what we can do. After all...we are Realtors! And we will....Show Property After Dark.

Stefanie Cohen, PA

PSA, ABR, SFR

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Comment balloon 73 commentsStefanie Cohen, PA • December 29 2011 10:51PM

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Good point on bringing a flashlight with you to vacant houses at night. If you aren't showing a property but have to go check on one of your listings, always try to bring somebody with you. Best wishes to you for 2012!

Posted by go to RealEstateFaster.com & get 20 Listing Appointments per month (Real Estate Faster) over 8 years ago

At least we are past the shortest day of the year December 21, so it should just keep getting lighter every day.  This is a hard time of year, I always remember this in the summer when someone says "It is so nice you get to work outside all the time and I think Right you should be here in the winter!!!!

Posted by Mary Macy, Top Agents Atlanta Metro (Top Agents Atlanta Metro) over 8 years ago

Stefanie,

When I show a home at night, I bring my husband and flashlight with me.  As Realtors we do show homes on occasion after dark but I better safe then sorry.  Good luck in getting your client closed.

Posted by Carmela Jacobs, Ventura Co., Los Angeles Co., CA, & Global Realtor (Carmela Realty) over 8 years ago

The flashlight is a good idea. I encourage clients to visit homes during daylight hours, so they can see the exterior and yard.  It is also safer for all the Realtor and the buyers.

Posted by Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes (United Real Estate Dallas ) over 8 years ago

I have a droid and the mag light app! Plus I have a laynard on my phone which allows me to hang it around my neck with the light on and both hands free. I also carry 2 mag flashlights for the buyers to carry. I'll make my own light.

Posted by Sherry Chastain, Realtor, Selling Homes, Lake Properties,Luxury Homes,Short Sales (Hendersonville, Nashville, Old Hickory, Lebanon Tennessee) over 8 years ago

We are very lucky in my area that most all properties that are vacant still have electricity! We still very often have to find a lockbox in the dark and open the lock but as soon as we get in at least we have lights! That would be really scary especially with all the squatters and possible in a high crime area! Be careful!

Posted by Rosalie Evans, The Evans Group, Sioux Falls, SD Homes For Sale (Meritus Group Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Some agents pack a flashlight and others pack heat.

I guess it all depends on the hood.

Good post, thanks for sharing it.

Posted by Anthony Daniels, SF Bay Area REO Specialist (Coldwell Banker) about 8 years ago

Stephanie- I hope you also have a permit to carry a concealed weapon. Another women realtor was raped the other day in a vacant house and more are robbed and murdered each year. I am sorry to be so alarming but I owned Tae Kwon Do schools for 15 years and I am a second degree black belt who has been a realtor since the early 80's and I still would NEVER show a vacant house to anyone after dark or in daylight alone without someone else besides the client with me. We don't allow our agents to show vacant homes to anyone they don't know and even if they do know them, they need to have their husband or someone else come along. Squatters also can be dangerous and are known to be violent towards agents, same with cash for keys tenants and homeowners. I just met an agent who was stabbed 21 times before she was able to grab a lamp to bash it on the prospect's head and she is blessed to be alive to tell us about her horrific event to teach us that NO amount of commission is worth your life. 

Posted by Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services (Get It Done For Me Virtual Services ) about 8 years ago

I'm with Anthony and Nestor and Katerina on this one...if your State or County allows it, bring a Firearm with you, with the correct license/training of course. I would much rather have it, and not use it, then get caught in a sticky situation where my family would have to say their goodbyes to me. This business can be very dangerous. Flashlights are a must. I am obviously a man, and even I don't like showing properties by myself. 

Posted by Andrew Mendez, Century 21 Americana (Century 21 Americana - Covina, CA) about 8 years ago

I agree with post #8 and #9. It's also difficult for clients to actually see the property with the use of a flashlight, so I always try to reschedule.

Posted by David Myre (VIP Realty) about 8 years ago

Stefanie, I very rarely show after dark even if the home is occupied.  I do carry a flashlight.  My son who is a police officer says I should carry something else.  I haven't done that yet.  BE SAFE!

Posted by Jo Olson, Retired - HOMEFRONT Realty @ LAKE Roosevelt (HOMEFRONT Realty) about 8 years ago

Stefanie,  I believe saftey is first.  I also agree with 8 & 9, Do NOT ever show houses when its dark. 

Posted by Luis Iniguez, Search Inland Empire Homes For Sale - Short Sale Agent (Option One Real Estate) about 8 years ago

"When the buyers we are working with have no other available time, we do what we can do. After all...we are Realtors".... You just made a strong case for full motion real estate video with you during the daylight shooting the walk through on a crystal blue, sun over head Florida day. If all your listings have video, you don't leave them in the dark. You are working with the buyer when their only time is 10:30 at night. Except the open house, home showing is actually on a wide screen monitor in their current living room. "Home deliveries", like the pizza, ups and fed ex guy, that's our job.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) about 8 years ago

It's a dangerous world out there and it's going to get worse due to more desperation.  Realtors and empty homes are an easy target for the bad guys and you need to be sure not to put yourself in a bad situation.  Daytime can be just as dangerous as night time so use common sense. 

Posted by Doug Bullwinkel, Mortgage Loan Originator NMLS #281609 (Envoy Mortgage, NMLS 6666) about 8 years ago

I have my FLASHLIGHT app on my EVO Android phone and tablet.  I always offer a lunch time showing slot OR weekend AM time slot rather than showing after 5P when IT IS DARK!

Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) about 8 years ago

I just don't see how they can make a decision after seeing a house in the dark, its one thing if its ocupied and has power but no lights. I would like to hear if you then go back in the daytime to one they like?

Posted by David O'Doherty, Clayton NC Homes, Raleigh, NC (Raleigh Realty Inc) about 8 years ago

Good morning Stefanie,

I know we need to be available to meet our clients needs but showing properties in the dark is not only dangerous but unproductive. Buyers are not going to and shouldn't make decisions based on homes they have seen in the dark. If buyers are serious they will meet over lunch hours, week-ends or schedule time off. A simple explanation of the danger involved and how unproductive showing properties in the dark should resonate with the buyer. If not no commission is worth your life and hours of unproductive showings.

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) about 8 years ago

 Stephanie, we do what we have to do for our clients. but I believe safety. I would encourage a daytime or weekend showing so the buyers can really see the house to appreciate it. after all I would assume after walking around looking at a home with a flashlight, they would want to see it durring daylight hours also before they put in an offer 

Posted by Frank Laisch, "The Insurance Guy" about 8 years ago

Stephanie, I agree with Nestor and Katerina. It is bit scary and I think 9 out out 10 times buyers don't get to see the home so you have to come back during the day time to see the home, then Why not just reschedule the appointment for day time? I have shown homes but in past couple of years I have asked my clients to reschedule during the day time whenever possible.

Posted by Ritu Desai, Virginia Realtor-Fairfax/Loudoun/PW-703-625-4949 (Samson Properties) about 8 years ago

We don't have that problem much here because most of the homes do have electricity even when vacant. You really can't do a home justice viewing it in the dark, and it'll require a second visit (in daylight) anyway if it has any potential at all, so I'd try to determine up front if you'll be in the dark and then try to schedule those homes w/out electricity for a weekend or lunch hour visit. Not only will it be as more efficient use of time, but it'll be much safer as well.

Posted by Charlie Dresen, Steamboat Springs, CO e-Pro (Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty) about 8 years ago

In a pinch you can open up your iPad or you an use  a flashlight app to see after dark!

Posted by Cheryl Ritchie, Southern Maryland 301-980-7566 (RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com) about 8 years ago

Well aware of the dangers we face in today's world, I agree with points made here but mostly Dorie's in that showing a home in the dark is not only dangerous but unproductive as well. I'd push for a weekend slot with these clients so that you can show them the homes while it's light out and be safer at the same time. I showed a property yesterday at 3:30 in the afternoon but having never met them before, I took a friend along.

Wishing you a safe and happy new year!

Posted by Margie Kopp Sorrell, Lake Oconee Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Lake Oconee Realty and Lake Country) about 8 years ago

Stefanie....came here from Lenn's reblog....good post .... safety first though.... there is nothing to be accomplished by showing anything in the dark....they have to see it again in the daylight and probably more than once...

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) about 8 years ago

I never go to homes after dark. I tell clients they have to schedule for daylight hours. I tried it years ago, and all i have found is that they want to come back during the day anyway. I can't even imagine a home in the dark with just a flashlight? It has never been productive for me. In a quiet neighborhood i would be way too apprehensive to be fumbling with keys, flashlights, and what ever else comes my way. I will stick to the daylight hours. It seems that i have always been able to get clients to see the value in daytime appointments. Maybe for a walkthru or a second look to something we had been to before, but never just to go out showing. Especially in the winter time with snow and ice. It just is not worth it to me. I can't even imagine a home with no electricity and its dark outside. I don't think i could sell something like that.

Posted by Janis Borgueta, LIC RE Salesperson (Key Properties of the Hudson Valley ) about 8 years ago

Stefanie...

As a rule, I will not show a vacant home with no power after dark. I simply tell the client that it is too dangerous and that I will be happy to accommodate them when the house can actually be "seen!"

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) about 8 years ago

Stefanie, I would agree with Katerina (#8). There is a big safety factor to consider when showing properties in the dark. All things considered, it is probably best to keep your showings to the daylight hours.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA about 8 years ago

Devin - Would never go into a vacant house alone, even in daylight hours.

Mary - Here in South Florida at least we don't have to worry about snow and ice. Working this time of year when it gets dark so early, makes it very difficult for those who work 9-5 to see homes.

Carmela - I always try to schedule in daylight hours, it is much more productive!

Sharon - I agree completely!

Sherry - Thanks for that info! I will look for that app...it will come in handy in many ways!

Rosalie - Luckily most of these properties are in gated neighborhoods, so we really don't have to worry about that.

Anthony - I think I will stick to the flashlight :)

Katerina - Thank you for your post.

Posted by Stefanie Cohen, PA, "I Love to Sell Real Estate and it Shows" (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty) about 8 years ago

This is a great reminder that we do sometimes need to show property after dark but it is something I rarely do.

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) about 8 years ago

Andrew - I will be very cautious. Unfortunately, most of the homes for sale are vacant, and you must be careful even in daylight hours.

David - Of coursse showing after 5:30 is a last resort.

Jo - Thank you.

Luis - It will be staying light longer before we know it. This would obviously be a last resort.

Andrew - As Realtors we go above and beyond in many ways. Many people don't understand how hard we work.

Doug - I agree that caution needs to be taken when entering a vacant home in the daytime too.

Wallace - I always stress the same. Showing after dark is a last resort.

David - They ruled out the properties we saw after 5:30. We were able to see enough to eliminate them.

 

 

Posted by Stefanie Cohen, PA, "I Love to Sell Real Estate and it Shows" (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty) about 8 years ago

I wont even show it pre-dark...I have traffic considerations and I don't like the pressure especially when we are talking high  price items like this....

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) about 8 years ago

Hi Stephanie. I, too have had to show unoccupied homes after dark on occasion. They certainly are eerie even if the area is relatively secure (as in a gated community).
These showings are rare and scheduling them is generally accidental (like the listing information & agent didn't mention it was vacant & powerless...).
While safety is certainly a consideration (it is during the day as well - people can hide), a vacant home in the dark really "un-sells" itself just because of the eerie, cold feeling. Unless there is something really spectacular about it, no dark and cold home is going to look desirable. A few daylight hours must be available even for the busiest of clients.
Good luck and be safe!
Bruce


 

Posted by Bruce Kunz, REALTOR®, Brick & Howell NJ Homes for Sale (C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100) about 8 years ago

Everything seems much more eerie in the dark, we just need to keep the flashlights on us and be careful.

 

Posted by Bud & Beth McKinney, Cary/Raleigh/Apex NC - The Team That Cares, RE/MAX United (RE/MAX UNITED) about 8 years ago

Stefanie, 

It's certainly a tough way to show homes.  In these cases it is critical to be prepared.  I have a toolbox/toolkit in my car that has a few flashlights - some larger than other.  Then, my phone has a flashlight app and my Supra key opener has a flashlight.  I'd prefer to go in the light, but even then a flashlight can be handy.

Side note: I updated a new app for my husbands iPhone 4s that takes advantage of the camera flash - it's the Zentertain or i4software app - get's 5 stars - much better than the basic flashlight app.  Check that out if you have this phone.

All the best in 2012, Michelle

Posted by Michelle Francis, Realtor, Buckhead Atlanta Homes for Sale & Lease (Tim Francis Realty LLC) about 8 years ago

I agree that showing homes in the dark is unproductive.  Because our market is not in a feverish pace, if we wait until the buyer is available during the day, such as on the weekend, the house will still be available.  Also I live in a military community, so a lot of my buyers are active duty Army / Special Forces so I make them go first into the house! :-)

Posted by Francine Viola, REALTOR®, In Tune with your Real Estate Needs (Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA) about 8 years ago

Walking around a darkened house, peeking in the windows with a flashlight, is a good way to attract the attention of the neighbourhood watch, and/or the police.  Make sure you have your Realtor Card with you.

Posted by Alan May, Helping you find your way home. (Jameson Sotheby's International Realty) about 8 years ago

Stefanie

Excellent post and information, thanks for sharing the information. Showing a vacant home after dark can create problems.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) about 8 years ago

Saw Lenn's reblog. Great points and each area is different. Most of our neighborhoods are such that we could show at night, but never vacant homes.

Posted by Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395) about 8 years ago

Hi Stefanie,  Great reminder to agents about using extreme care and trusting your gut.  I try to show the Gulf front condos later in the day to take advantage of some gorgeous sunsets !

Posted by Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos (16 Sunview Blvd) about 8 years ago

I keep a flashlight with me - even in the middle of the day, a house with no power can have dark rooms.  I agree, though, it's hard to really know what a house looks like when seeing it in the dark, so it makes more sense to reschedule for daylight.

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty) about 8 years ago

It's inevitable this time of year.  I find myself anytime after 4 or 4:30 only scheduling appointments with clients I already know.  I refuse to meet new customers at houses especially this time of year.

Posted by Bill Somerset, ABR, e-PRO - Realtor - NH Real Estate Agent (Re/Max Realty Group) about 8 years ago

I'll do a night showing if needed as I don't think there's much more danger in the dark than the daytime, but I'd recomend buyers try to schedule during the day.  If a night showing raises interest, most buyers would want to return for a day showing to get a better look at the neighborhood, yard, exterior and a different perspective on the interior.  Unless the place was a new listing that is expected to go quickly and be a good match for my clients, I'd just try to hold them off till a daylight appointment could be scheculed.

Posted by Alan Mackenthun (Bridge Realty) about 8 years ago

I hear ya! It's pretty dangerous to be out showing property at night. It's an unfortunate necessity. Around this time of year, I usually have photos of the home, in daylight, printed on 8.5x11 paper. It gives my clients another perspective other than the flash light or dimly lit room. It's hard to get the real essence of a home without natural light. Bringing photos with you might be a good solution for night showings.  Reuben -- TurnKeyFlyers.com

 

Posted by Reuben Fine (Fill-In-The-Blanks PDF Flyer Templates www.TurnKeyFlyers.com) about 8 years ago

I try to stay away from showing homes in the dark because of all that you might miss on the exterior.  If I have to I will, but I prefer not to.  

Posted by Amanda Christiansen, Christiansen Group Realty (Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843) about 8 years ago

Sometimes we gotta do what we gota do. Flashlights, caution, company and a conceal and carry permit are SOP in my office. Thanks for the post, be safe!

Posted by Chris and Berna Sloan, Tooele UT (Group 1 Real Estate) about 8 years ago

Back in my newbie days I showed a complete stranger a home after dark and the utilities were off.  I gave a "flashlight' tour--I wouldn't do the same thing today...now I try to avoid showing after dark..

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) about 8 years ago

I tell my clients that the last showing during the fall/winter (prior to daylight saving) is 4:30 p.m.  I don't show property at night, period.  And the reason . . . because I'll have to show the same property a second time.  They'll say "We want to see it in the daylight"  So why bother?  

Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED (RETIRED / State License is Inactive) about 8 years ago

I do what I can to avoid showing homes in the dark, but sometimes it's necessary. Carry a big police-type flashlight and/or a legal gun. Safety first, for sure.

Posted by Eric Michael, Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519 (Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI) about 8 years ago

I really believe that you cannot get the proper 'feel' of a house at night. The posts above about safety are important everyday, but those attacks don't just happen at night. There has to be some available daytime hours sometime ~ early morning or lunchtime, or on weekends.

Posted by Sandy Acevedo, RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale (951-290-8588) about 8 years ago

Flashlight, partner, friend, husband, wife or someone should come with you for the safety this day.

Pointed out a lot of good points.

thanks for sharing Stefanie.

jimmy phan

Posted by Jimmy Phan, Phan real estate group in hickory (KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY IN MOORESVILLES, NC) about 8 years ago

I hate showing property after dark, but you sometimes have to this time of year. I've been afraid of having the police called when I've had to use a flashlight.

Posted by Cynthia Larsen, Independent Broker In Sonoma County, CA about 8 years ago

I commend you but I make it a policy not to show vacant houses after dark. I feel it is just not a safe situation for the realtor or the buyers. Also as mentioned earlier if a buyer is really interested they are going to have to see it more than once so I usually encourage them to make time during daylight to see a home & really be able to visually inspect a house before considering buying it. So far I haven't lost any buyers & I'm still hear to talk about it 

Posted by Joan Congilose, Helping Sellers & Buyers (New Jersey Properties) about 8 years ago

Hi Stephanie - I do not like showing property after dark - and I have and have had circumstances as you describe them. I am afraid of finding someone squatting in a vacant home. Too scary for me!!

Posted by Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate (Compass) about 8 years ago

Stefanie - Showing properties after dark just doesn't make sense most of the time.  The buyers can't see what they want to see.

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) about 8 years ago

Our clients work during the day, for the most part, so that leaves weekends, holidays, and evenings to view houses. Yes...those houses will be dark this time of year. I learned a long time ago to carry a flashlight in my car for showing houses after the sun goes down.

Posted by John Juarez, ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN (The Medford Real Estate Team) about 8 years ago

I just tell my clients that the sun sets at 5:30 so we need to be done by then or they won't be able to see the house. As mentioned above, buyers will need to see the house in daylight again anyway so why waste that time?

Posted by Maria Morton, Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758 (Platinum Realty) about 8 years ago

An excellent post.  While it can't be avoided all the time, I really do try to avoid it since any buyer looking at a home in the dark will want to come back again during the day if they like it.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) about 8 years ago

Like some of the earlier comments, I tell buyers that after 4:30, we won't be able to see all of the property. 

Posted by Jerry Morse, BBA,GRI (The Morse Company) about 8 years ago

I refuse to show after dark. If thats the only time my clients are available I take someone my husband or another agent in my office. Like everyone are saying safety goes first.

Posted by Grace Balanquit (RE/MAX Real Estate Services) about 8 years ago
I have not had this situation come up, thank goodness! I can't imagine why someone would even want to see a home in the dark?
Posted by Joni Bailey, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR® (101 Main St. Realty) about 8 years ago

Good Post.  We find this a lot in our area and being prepared and having the flashligh can certainly help, but do be safe.  I also manage several rental properties and I have stopped showing those after dark as I feel it is a safety risk for my employees and sister agents.

Best wishes for a Happy and prosperous 2012

Posted by Debi McKamie, Realtor®/Property Manager (McKamie Real Estate Services, LLC) about 8 years ago

We are at risk every time we walk out the front door every morning... you just need to be on your toes in some situations more so than others.   The night before last I showed one house at 9 p.m. to a client who works late.  They came to my office and looked at about 20 pictures online and decided that they wanted to see it.  We drove over with flashlights in hand and we walked through the place and they loved it.  We wrote it up that night and got an accepted offer this morning. 

If I had waited until today (Saturday) the home might have been gone by now, and if nothing else it would at least given my competition this weekend to show it and we could have been in a possible multiple offer situation come Monday.  I prefer to beat the competition to the punch when possible and if showing a house at night helps me do that, than showing houses at night I shall.  :)

Be careful out there, but don't be afraid of your job.  A Happy & Prosperous New Year to you all! -Cory

 

 

 

Posted by Cory & Michelle Beeson - (951) 526-8298 Serving the entire Temecula Valley, Top 1% of Realtors Nationwide (The Beeson Group, Inc.) about 8 years ago

Stef,  You got a lot of interesting responses.  I don't like to show at night and I never show homes without power (if I know in advance.)  This is south Florida and a breeding ground for mold.  Having no power means no a/c which can only lead to problems.  

Posted by Elyse Berman, PA, Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR (Best Connections Realty, Inc.) about 8 years ago

Stef congrats on the feature my friend!  I always have a flashlight with me year round.  This way if we are in a home with no electric (winter or summer) we have a light source available.  Being that it is a mag lite it also makes a great weapon if necessary. 

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) about 8 years ago

After reading Elyse's comment I would have to agree with her after what happened to me. (I think you know??) You NEVER want to take the chance of coming up against a toxic mold because it only takes seconds as I found out in August.  Luckily I found a good Dr. who snatched me back from what could have been a different ending to 2011.

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) about 8 years ago

Dorie - Sometimes it is the only way to eliminate or include a property of interest. Our market has picked up, and many homes are gone before the weekend. And always...safety first!

Frank - Safety first of course!

Ritu - When it's crunch time and the buyer must find something right away, we can't always wait for the weekend. While they would most likely need to see the property in daylight, we can eliminate, or include homes to be considered. 

Charlie - If I do know in advance that there is no power, I encourage the buyer to try and get there in daylight hours....this time of year unfortunately, we don't always make it.

Cheryl - Thank you....great tip!

Margie - Definately would not show a property to someone I have never met before after dark. New clients I will always schedule during the day, and always get all of their contact info for my office to have.

Posted by Stefanie Cohen, PA, "I Love to Sell Real Estate and it Shows" (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty) about 8 years ago

Barbara - Thanks for stopping by. This has certainly created a lively response. Always safety first!

Janis - Luckily we don't have to deal with bad weather conditions. We are usually seeing only 1 or 2 properties after 5:30 when it is dark. Usually only a house that is just listed and with someone I have been working with. When occupied, some homes can only be seen after the occupants get home from work.

Richard - That is definately preferred! If I know in advance that there is no power, I will insist they try to get there before the sun sets. Unfortunately with traffic, it doesn't always work out that way.

Michael - In secured neighborhoods I believe there is little risk, but if anything looked suspicious we would not enter the property. After work this time of year, people are still out and about in their neighborhoods.

Barbara Jo - Yes, I agree...it is definately rare, but in some cases, sometimes necessary. 

Richie - Traffic is not too bad here, but it can delay someone in getting to an appointment before the sun sets.

Bruce - I agree completely! 

Bud and Beth - Well said...thank you.

Michelle - Great information...thank you, and I love the idea of the tool kit. That could include a tape measure as well, because so often we need that too!

Francine - Things have actually picked up here, and this buyer has already lost a house, hence the reason to go after dark!

Alan - yes I had thought of that :)

 

 

Posted by Stefanie Cohen, PA, "I Love to Sell Real Estate and it Shows" (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty) about 8 years ago

Lou - This time of year sometimes it can't be helped. In this market, homes can go fast, and we can't always wait till the weekend....it might be gone.

Karen - The majority of the homes I have been showing are vacant. With traffic conditions we don't always make it in time and darkeness sets in. I am dealing with secured neighborhoods, and of course safety first.

Bill - Thanks...we do have to trust our instincts. Daytime showings can be dangerous as well. 

Kat - Very true! I have needed a flashlight during the day as well. 

Bill - Agreed... I would only meet clients that I know and have worked with late in the day.

Alan - Homes are selling quickly...the reason for the late day showings.

Posted by Stefanie Cohen, PA, "I Love to Sell Real Estate and it Shows" (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty) about 8 years ago

Hi Stephanie,

Up here in Seattle is was getting dark at 4:10 pm last month.

That sure cuts down on the available time of day to show before it gets dark!

Of course, not only is it much less convenient, but also much more dangerous.

Thanks for sharing your experiences.

Phil

Posted by Phil Leng, Phil Leng - Retired (Retired) about 8 years ago

Reuben - Thank you, I always bring photos for every listing I am showing!

Christiansen Team - I agree completely...strictly a last resort.

Chris - Safety first, but yes, we do what we must do :)

Erica - I also try to schedule before dark, but that doesn't mean we will actually get there before dark :)

Norma - Would never show a stranger after dark. New clients are met during the day and I have all of their contact info.

Carla - I agree, but most people want to go back for a second look anyway if they are going to make an offer.

Eric - Big flashlight :)

Sandy - We do what we can do, and try to accomodate the best we can.

Jimmy - Thank you :)

Cynthia - Good point!

Joan - Thanks for stopping by.

Sharon - In the gated areas I am showing I am really afraid of creepy crawlies...I don't like bugs!

Christine - I agree, strictly a last resort.

John - I agree!

 

 

 

 

Posted by Stefanie Cohen, PA, "I Love to Sell Real Estate and it Shows" (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty) about 8 years ago

Stefanie- while I'm not a Realtor I do agree with some of the others... it can't be that productive so why not be safe and show at another time.  Please be safe. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) about 8 years ago

Maria - I find that in many cases  a buyer will want to go back for a second look anyway.

Gabe - Thank you, I agree completely.

Jerry - Thanks for stopping by.

Grace - Thank you for your comment.

Joni - Some listings can only be seen when an owner or tenant get home from work and that may be after dark. I have had to wait outside with my buyers while other groups were in a house. It is not all that uncommon.

Debi - It seems that it may be more common in certain areas. Of course safety first. Rental properties would be handled in daylight hours only.

Cory  & Michelle - Good job and congratulations! Be safe, and Happy New Year!

Elyse - I agree, but unfortunately there are so many homes without power that it is unavoidable. 

Debra - Thank you! I am very careful to stay away from strong odors that may be mold or "who knows!" But, flashlights definately are a must to have. I have found even during the day, that lights can be out, as in the garage or a back room.

Phil - You certainly have more of a challenge in that part of the country. Here in Florida we only have to deal with early sunsets for a very small part of the year, and it never gets dark that early! Good luck and stay safe :)

Kathy - Thank you :)  Always safety first! 

 

 

Posted by Stefanie Cohen, PA, "I Love to Sell Real Estate and it Shows" (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty) about 8 years ago

Vacant homes are too risky to show after dark in this market.  Great post.

Posted by Kay Van Kampen, Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate (RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX) about 8 years ago

Kay - Thanks for stopping by. I certainly received many different perspectives on this subject!

     

Posted by Stefanie Cohen, PA, "I Love to Sell Real Estate and it Shows" (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty) about 8 years ago

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