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Safety tips to remember when seeing homes

By Daphne Zollinger | Published Saturday, November 10, 2018
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Realtors understand better than anyone the safety risks associated with real estate transactions, so it is imperative to create and share safety protocols with home buyers.

Here are some safety protocols and guidelines from Greater Denton/Wise County Association of Realtors you should expect and keep in mind when working with a Realtor to ensure a safe experience for all parties involved.

Meet your agent at their office. Instead of meeting for the first time at a property, a Realtor may set-up the initial meeting at their office. Most people agree that meeting at a real estate professional’s office is much more comfortable and appropriate for the first meeting. Generally speaking, meeting a stranger at an unknown location can be an uneasy notion, and this is no different for that initial real estate transaction.

Secure your personal information. Your agent may make copies of your driver’s license and mortgage pre-approval letter for their records. This allows the agent to keep a record of your information at their office to be stored in a secure place. So be sure to have these items on hand for your initial meeting.

Avoid carpooling. When viewing a property, your agent may ask you to drive separately. This is a safety precaution for you and your agent – so do not feel offended. Most people don’t pick up hitchhikers, so you can understand the importance of not transporting strangers to a property showing. Driving separately also allows each of you to continue on with your day.

Your agent might walk behind you. Agents typically let potential buyers take the lead when exploring a home. This is a common safety protocol which allows you to view each room on the property first and make your own impressions.

View properties during the day. Your agent may only show properties by day, which assist in seeing safety hazards that may exist, such as loose floorboards or any other defects. So, when viewing a vacant or even an occupied property, expect to view it during daylight hours.

For advice about buying and selling real estate in and around Denton and Wise Counties, visit www.GDWCAR.COM to connect with a local Realtor.

Daphne Zollinger is the president of the Greater Denton Wise County Association of Realtors.

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