As real estate agents we are (or should be) sure to point out that sellers need to hide or remove their treasures and expensive items (such as jewelery, etc) and to put away in a safe place their prescription medicines. Or, if they have guns to remove those or have them locked up safely in a gun case. We also are usually good about pointing out clutter to be removed. And sometimes we even mention that they should take down personal photos and personal items (so as not to distract the buyers).
But this - this post is something I think that is often not considered and is any amazing piece of advance, especially in this day of Internet predators and Internet MLS. Great post that deserves it's feature, all of it's comments and many, many reblogs.
"I'm Mayhem, and I'm Your Worst Nightmare!"
I like small children.
I surf the internet looking for them.
I don't have to bother with social networking sites.
I can use the MLS.
I know if it's a boy or a girl.
I know approximately how old they are.
I know their address.
I KNOW THEIR NAME!!!
I know they might respond to me if I call them by their name.
I'm Mayhem, and I'm your worst nightmare!
Parents, if your house is for sale, PLEASE remove any and all references to specific information regarding your children. This may include name banners, awards, certificates, report cards, signs, etc. Don't give Mayhem a chance with with your children!
Real Estate Agents: Please encourage your listing clients to remove name signs such as the one above. While charming, they could put a child at risk. If the client won't comply, refrain from posting such photos.
This is one important piece of advice I give all my Connecticut Home Staging clients, and one that I would think all agents would too. However, every day I see new listings posted on the MLS with this kind of blatant "invitation". Let's keep the children's safety in mind!
Julia Vigneron Maher, Nestings Home Staging & Model Home Design: Award-Winning Staging for Model, Vacant and Occupied Homes in Fairfield County, CT (including Fairfield, Southport, Westport, Trumbull, Monroe, Newtown, Stratford, Easton, Weston, Wilton, Norwalk, Darien, Stamford, Greenwich) and Connecticut.
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