Real Estate Open House Theft Burglary Sacramento Discount REALTORS® Real Estate

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Appointment Only vs. Open House

After listing your home for sale the first thought might be to have an Open House.      If you decide to have an open house do you know the danger you just agreed to?

Agent safety at open houses is of such great concern in the industry that there are several videos that detail agent safety training

Sellers who think open houses are safe should first read the story of a $150,000 open house theft in 2016 then watch the video of these actual thieves stealing $150,000 during an open house in California.

March 7, 2022: Couple accused of Stealing items during Roseville Open Houses.

March 13, 2021: Teenage California imposter stole $40,000 in jewelry on high-end home tour.

Some Sellers receive advice from friends or neighbors that it is a good idea to leave their door unlocked and allow multiple complete strangers into their home at one time documented in this
video story of multiple open house thefts.      

This Seller Saved Thousands of Dollars vs. the  6% fee you can save too!

Sellers might hear things like, “…Don’t worry I have never had a problem at an open house…”.    


In today’s world homeowners are keeping their doors locked at all times, purchasing homes in gated communities and installing comprehensive professionally monitored alarm systems to protect themselves and their personal property from criminals,  such as those that stole $150,000 from a single open house.


If you are considering holding an open house you should first consider contacting your insurance carrier and lowering your deductible as much as possible to cover any loss of personal property due to theft during the open house as evidenced by this video news story in 2016.




Sellers should do their own online research into the risks involved in open houses and whether they are a valuable selling tool by doing a simple online search for "Open House Dangers".

Denver real estate agent survives attack by man during open house

REALTOR® attacked, groped by man at open house in Encino

Real estate agent held up at gunpoint during SF open house

Cameron Village burglary suspect charged with jewelry theft during Raleigh open house

REALTOR® murdered during open house

Open house thefts in Greenwood Village may be connected to one man

Real estate agent attacked during an open house triggers industry warnings

Don’t Leave the Door Open to Danger

A Fake Buyer arrest in Elm Grove after suspect showed up at open house and robbed the place

Police: Man attended open houses as ruse to steal $15,000 worth of items

Man found guilty of Open-House Thefts

Open Houses Leave Homeowners Open to Theft

Woman accused of Stealing $26,000 worth of Jewelry from Real Estate Agent's Open House

"A fake buyer:" Arrest after suspect showed up at open house and stole meds, jewelry

Open houses are leaving owners vulnerable to theft

Here are a few items open house thieves may consider targeting: 

A)  Designer Clothing and Purses;


B)  Prescription Drugs; 

C)  Jewelry;

D)  Portable Electronics like 
Laptops and Cell Phones;

E)  Identity Theft paperwork;

F) Family Heirlooms;


G) Misc. small items easily pocketed.


Once consumers have educated themselves to the risk of theft associated with an open house it’s no wonder some consumers decide to protect their personal belongings from criminals
, unsupervised teenagers or small children by not holding open houses

This Seller Saved Thousands of Dollars vs. the  6% fee you can save too!


This open house issue is a clear example as to why Sellers have found our 28+ years of experience a key factor in deciding to list their home with us saving thousands of dollars in commissions as we will always represent our client’s best interest by recommending access to our client's homes by Appointment Only.


We will continue to promote fair competition for the benefit of all consumers as lower commissions keeps more of homeowner's hard earned equity in their pockets.

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We look forward to talking with you soon, as we feel that aggressive competition among licensed real estate agents in an unfettered open marketplace gives consumers greater innovation (like our Full Service for less Opt-Out or Opt-In to the MLS program) and lower commission costs .      We can continue our 25+ years of saving consumers thousands of dollars in commissions with our innovative business model as long as there are no rules or regulations passed or interpreted meant to restrain competition among brokers which would suppress our technological innovation and reduce competition on price and quality resulting in consumer injury by higher costs to sell a home.


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