One of the most important things to know as a buyer’s agent is how to show a property without putting yourself in danger. Buyer’s agent’s duties include setting up showings, having keys ready, inspecting properties before showings, finding the right Denver Colorado homes for sale, condos and townhomes and having information ready on all of the properties.

While researching properties, setting up showings and coordinating schedules can all be done from the comfort of an agent’s office or home, you can’t forget the most important part of being a buyer’s agent; showing the property. Unfortunately not every showing goes as smooth and easily as they like to show on TV shows. There can be issues with the lockboxes, miscommunications between you and the sellers, misinformation about the property, and just about anything else that can go wrong. It’s very possible to wind up at a property at sunset with power or with broken locks or windows. Showing these kinds of properties can make you feel unsafe in a matter of minutes, and if you feel unsafe as an agent just imagine how your buyers would feel.

With the flood of foreclosures, short sales and distressed properties on the market, it’s no longer uncommon to find yourself in less than desirable neighborhoods and vacant homes. So how do you keep yourself safe in these situations? It all boils down to planning.

Power – Unless the home is being currently occupied, we advise against night showings. There can be misinformation in the MLS, or even the listing agent could think there is currently power on in the home when there really isn’t. Walking into a dark home will not only not sell a property, but it will give the impression that you’re unprepared and willing to let your buyers walk into danger (which is the last thing you want them thinking as they’re about to make the biggest purchase of their lives).

Inspect First – If the property is vacant, make sure to check it out first. Most REOs and short sales will have a simple lockbox on the front door, and the more anxious they are to sell it, the more lenient they will be on the showings. Most REOs will give showing instructions without even planning a showing, so you’re free to go a day early to check out the place first.

Protect Yourself – We’ve talked about keeping you and the buyers safe, but sometimes you may have never met the buyers. It’s not uncommon for customers to call about a listing and ask that you show it to them. The best way to handle this situation is to invite them to meet you at the office first so you can get a feel for them. One of the last things you want is to meet multiple people in the middle of nowhere who could potential harm you.

About PorchLight Real Estate: PorchLight Real Estate Group has the most experienced and knowledgeable Denver real estate agents in Colorado. For more information about homes for sale in Denver CO or specific neighborhood homes please visit www.porchlightgroup.com.

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