Here is a piece that was published by Agent Genius about a homeowner who is suing the brokerage they hired to sell their home because while holding an Open House there was a theft of jewelry in the house. This homeowner claims he left his home in the care of his agent and when this theft occurred the agent was somehow responsible for it. Ladies and Gentlemen if you are selling your house you need to remove all valuables. When you hire a Real Estate Brokerage/Agent to sell your home that is our expertise. We are not Police Officers nor are we heroes that we will know about or will attempt to stop criminal activity that might occur.
If I walked into a bedroom and came across a theft is it fair for a homeowner to expect me to make a citizen arrest? put our lives in harm’s way by doing what? Each and every homeowner needs to remove all valuables and not just for an open house but when a property is put on the market because why take chances.
You open your doors to the public and need to take precautions because there is no way real estate agents can watch every single person who enters your home every single second and if anyone expects that we are profilers and can determine who is a criminal that is not a fair expectation.
To read further, Homeowner Suing Brokerage for Theft During Open House