Richard Robibero, e-Pro, ABR, SRS, Selling Your Home as if it were My Own! (Panorama R.E. Limited)

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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

"In addition to the FOUR BIG DOGS?"

"I'll need to get back to you. Let me have your contact information."

Apr 12, 2015 10:21 PM
Matthew Sturkie, CRS, GRI 909-969-3805
Action Realty - Apple Valley, CA
CRS, GRI 909-969-3805

I have never been asked this over the phone. This question makes me think we should never disclose to an anonymous caller whether or not there is an alarm.

Consider this: You tell anonymous caller the house does not have an alarm. The next morning the homeowner goes off to work. Knowing there is no alarm, the anonymous caller proceeds to break in and clean the place out. Homeowner arrives home after work to find all valuables stolen. The homeowner calls to tell you what happened and a little light goes off in your head. You remember the caller from yesterday asking about the alarm. You think to yourself, was there a connection? What do you tell the homeowner then?  

Apr 13, 2015 01:52 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Yes, no, or the seller told me not to disclose that information. Ask the seller at time of listing so you'll know what to say when these type of questions come up.

Apr 12, 2015 10:39 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Richard Robibero, ABR, SRS You have to ask yourself the question, why would a caller want this information? Could be an innocent question, but you never know. I wouldn't tell them.

Apr 12, 2015 10:13 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Bells and whistles go on and I would tell them yes it is.  People just don't usually ask that question.  

Apr 12, 2015 09:53 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

That would raise a red flag because you do not know who the person is. Say   you will call right back and ask their number and google them.This should be a members only question.

Apr 12, 2015 09:52 PM
Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

I'd say :" I will call you back"

Sep 22, 2019 02:02 PM
Ajay Pandya
e-Merge Real Estate - Columbus, OH
Realtor Ajay Pandya

I will show you the house.

Apr 16, 2018 10:08 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Annette nailed this one!

Sep 12, 2017 05:47 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

" For security reasons, I can't answer that question. "   

Apr 13, 2015 06:45 AM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Richard - At first I wasn't sure why you were asking, but then I got it. I have never had anyone ask this over the phone, but I guess knowing what I know now, I would ask for all of their personal information first. If approved by the seller, I would say yes if it had a security system, and probably say the seller has informed me not to disclose that information if the home does not have a security system.

Apr 13, 2015 04:29 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Richard -- it depends.   Details over the phone are handled much differently for me than face-to-face.  

Apr 13, 2015 03:16 AM
Jerry Lucas
ABC Legal Docs LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Mobile Notary Colorado Springs, CO Notary Training

Landlords should not use the words safe, secure, security, security alarm, security lighting, security camera, crime free, or low crime in advertising.  This can be used against the landlord if the renter becomes a crime victim.  It is a premises security liability issue. In a lease, the renter should be responsible for maintaining any alarm system or exterior lighting, not the landlord.  If tenant reports any problems with locks, fix it immediately.

Apr 13, 2015 03:06 AM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

You answer the truth, if you know it. If you don't it's another reason to secure their telephone number to call them back when you have the answer. Plus, you might convert them to a buyer, rather than a renter.

Apr 13, 2015 01:24 AM
Spirit Messingham
Tierra Antigua Realty - Tucson, AZ
Third Generation Full-Time Realtor® 520 471-6900

Always disclose all known information when representing a property.  I will get asked a lot about bars on windows here in Tucson, the buyer thinking the crime must be bad if there are bars, for example. 

Apr 12, 2015 11:41 PM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

 I've never had a caller ask this one. 

Apr 12, 2015 10:52 PM
Bob Publicover
Publicover Realty Group, inc - Stuart, FL
Thinking outside the box

Yes there is, No there isn't. However, that's all I can tell you about it.

What repercussions?

Apr 12, 2015 09:54 PM