Realtors Explain How To Showcase Your House To Buyers Without Attracting Criminals

10:51 PM, Sep 19, 2013   |    comments
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GREENSBORO -- A "For Sale" sign doesn't just attract buyers, it can attract bad guys too.

There's a good chance if you're looking to buy a house, the first place you'll turn is the internet.

You'll find everything you need from photos to virtual tours.

If you're a buyer, this is convenient. If you're a bad guy, this is convenient.

"The possibility is there for someone to case a house through looking at our photographs, through looking at our video tours," said Kevin Green, Associate Manager with Prudential Yost & Little.

An Alamance County man had his house broken into shortly after he put his house on the market in 2010. There was $12,000 worth of damage and stolen property. The sheriff's office believes it could have been the fliers at the end of his driveway that made his home a target.

Realtors in Greensboro told WFMY News 2's Liz Crawford that they avoid putting up pictures that reveal too much. They try not to post pictures with valuable items visible. However, homeowners have to be smart too. They say to put away jewelry and personal photos of your family.

But, the Realtors said you can't avoid pictures altogether. Today's buyers demand pictures and if you want to sell, you need to use pictures.

"The more pictures, the better, that's a proven fact. Statistics bear that out so if a seller does say look we don't want any photos anywhere, I would say let's try and compromise," said Kelly Marks a Realtor with Re/Max Greensboro.

Open houses are also a concern for Realtors. Most agencies try and have two agents in a house to keep an eye on people walking through. There have even been instances when Realtors have been stuffed into closets and the houses robbed.

There's a free app called "bSafe." With a touch of a button, it instantly alerts 911 that you're in trouble and gives police your GPS coordinates. It's used by Realtors, but can be a helpful tool for anyone.

WFMY News 2

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