In today's news, there was a report that a Phoenix area Real Estate agent was arrested for stealing jewelry out of a listed home that she showed. Not only did police track some of the jewelry to the pawn shop she had sold it to, but pawn records show that she probably stole from many more unsuspecting home sellers. Generally, real estate agents are extremely trustworthy, but just like in any profession, there are bad apples. Even though it is highly unlikely that a licensed, fingerprinted, Code-of-Ethics bound REALTOR® will pilfer through your valuables, it is a possibility that someone to whom they are showing your house would. Your home could be a target for other crimes, as well. Here are a few tips on keeping your home, your valuables, and yourself safe while you are waiting for it to sell:
When you put a house on the market, it is imperative that you stage the home correctly. But what is staging, exactly? Staging is preparing your home to show it in its best possible light, and in a way that buyers can picture themselves living there. This can be as extreme as renting high-end furniture to fill the home, or as simple as moving a few things around.
The American Dream is commonly perceived to be synonymous with home ownership. To lose one's home often means to not only lose the roof over their head, but what they feel as their status in society. People in a distressed situation may feel helpless, ashamed, guilty, afraid, or any number of negative emotions that come with losing their home.