Protecting your clients home and valuables

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Respect Realty LLC 200311024

hoto courtesy of naqueteWhen my clients list with me, they get top notch service as well as a long list of things that they need to do to your home to protect their personal information and their valuables. But, if someone is really determined to steal something, they are going to do it.

But, I'm thinking of adding to my list of added value service. I'm thinking about giving my clients spy cameras that were invented to help catch cheating spouses or bad baby sitters. But, these can be used also to protect your home during showings as well.

I'm thinking about buying 5 of these cameras thasecut are hooked up to the seller's computer and can be turned on with the click of a button as they leave their home for a showing. I've heard they can be bought for under $300 now and if anything should ever come up missing all they would have to do is go back to the video on their computer watch the video. If they see the theft, they can just turn the tape over to the police.

So, tell me do you think this would be a great value added service for the client that is worried about having strangers in their home? Heck if you are seller, tell me, what do you think? I would love to hear your opinion.


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Vickie Nagy
Palm Springs, CA

I was touring today during broker's tour. A gentleman entered without a card and the agent started qualifying him and he turned and walked out. I wonder if he was put off ... or was there under less than honest motives and decided to look for an easier "mark"

Feb 05, 2009 05:12 PM #1
Robert Menchaca
Prudential California Realty - Tulare, CA

I think that it's a great idea. you are showing them that you are watching out for them, but also gives them confidents you in so that they see you on camera as well...Now would it be $300 a camera.  Please let me know!

Feb 05, 2009 05:17 PM #2
Ryan Shaughnessy
PREA Signature Realty - - Saint Louis, MO
Broker/Attorney - Your Lafayette Square Real Estate Partner

Interesting Idea - It certainly tells the customer that you care about safeguarding their property.

Feb 05, 2009 05:20 PM #3
Chip Jefferson
Gibbs Realty and Auction Company - Columbia, SC

Secured monitored showings? That's is a great idea. You cant be with 2-3 people constantly while showing. Its a great added service! Consult your Attorney first!

Feb 05, 2009 08:51 PM #4
Bryant Tutas
Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC - Winter Garden, FL
Selling Florida one home at a time

Todd. It's an awesome idea. It would be a great selling point at listings, would give added security and would eliminate the need to get feed back from a showing!!! Go for it.

Feb 05, 2009 09:09 PM #5
Morgan Evans
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY

It's a good resource to have, but I think it might scare sellers.  If its not broke don't fix it, I think it depends on the neighborhood of the seller, if they say something to you about safety.  You could scare them into thinking that a bunch of people will be pawing throught their stuff.  In Manhattan I'm at all of my showings so I watch and tour the property with the buyer's so this is not as much of a problem.

Feb 05, 2009 11:24 PM #6
Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes


This doesn' sound like a bad idea.  Are you thinking of doing it just for upper end homes or all of them?

Feb 05, 2009 11:38 PM #7
Larry Bettag
Larry Bettag - Cherry Creek Mortgage - Saint Charles, IL
Regional Vice-President

Wow...never thought of that as an issue, but in today's market, it's probably a good thing to have in a home.  Nice one T.

Feb 06, 2009 01:48 AM #8
Alan May
Coldwell Banker Residential - Evanston, IL
Helping you find your way home.

todd, I think that's a great idea... but I'm concerned about the cost and functionality.

example: In a typicaly single family home... I'd need one in the bedroom (jewelry, etc...), on in the family room... (trinkets, curios, baseball card collections), one in each bathroom (drugs in medicine chest)...  you get the idea.

if I carry a normal load of listings... say on average 8... that means I need a minimum of 24 cameras at a cost of $300 each, that's $7,200, plus software.

Now, that doesn't begin to cover my "tech support" as each of these new clients tries to learn how to use the damn things.  I like the idea, but I'd have it link to MY computer!! (and then you have to keep it out of the bedrooms and bathrooms, right?)

great idea, but I think in reality and functionality... it might be a bit tough.

Feb 06, 2009 04:37 AM #9
Karen Cooper
Karen Cooper | Sr Retail Loan Originator ! NMLS # 223305 | 360 Mortgage Group LLC Austin Texas - Leander, TX
Helping Homeowners w/Home Loans in 23 US States

Technology is truly amazing, and the tools for our trades that are made available seem to get better and better.

Feb 06, 2009 07:48 AM #10
Jeff R. Geoghan
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Lancaster, PA
REALTOR, Marketing Manager

Hmmm.  I remember somebody blogging a while back about hiding microphones in the house to pick up conversations during showings.  This idea feels the same to me...It's probably perfectly practical but doesn't quite sit right.

Feb 06, 2009 02:37 PM #11
Angelia Garcia
Pure Realtors - Dallas, TX

I'm not sure about this.  Wouldn't you have to post a sign to let them know they are being watched?

Feb 06, 2009 02:49 PM #12
Connie Betz
Berkhire Hathaway Home Services Ambassador Real Estate - Omaha, NE
Top Omaha Realtor - Omaha Homes for Sale

Todd, I've often wondered when I'm showing houses if the seller's have nancy cam recorders to find out what we really think of the home.  For that reason, I'm always hesitant to discuss the home with my clients until we've left.  And now I see I was right to be paranoid cautious!  LOL  Let us know if you decide to do this and what the seller's think about it.

Feb 08, 2009 01:46 AM #13
Respect Realty LLC
Respect Realty LLC - Milwaukie, OR
Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate

Vickie - That is a very good possibility, you do have to wonder as more and more people realize how easy it is to just come to a Tuesday open house and claim to be an agent.

Robert - Actually it is $300 for the whole system, all 5 cameras and the software.

Ryan - That is what I am going for and it also gives them and idea what people are looking at and what is turning them off. If they linger at a certain bathroom or family photos, then it may say, hey we need to fix that.

Laura - I have and the attorney says as long as we put a sign in the yard that we have a security system in place with video, that is all we have to do.

Feb 08, 2009 07:54 PM #14
Respect Realty LLC
Respect Realty LLC - Milwaukie, OR
Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate

Bryant - No, it would still require some feedback as the system doesn't have sound.

Morgan - We tour the property with the buyers also, but husband and wife, hard to watch both when they try to go in to different directions. But, I'm hoping the sellers see the added benefit of what I'm offering. I don't think it will scare them at all as they are in control of it.

Don - ALL OF THEM, Why not, it doesn't cost any more than a home warranty and will pay for itself if even just one person lists with me because of it being offered.

Larry - You just never know what someone's real motive is now. With so much crime going on, if people are willing to steal pipes out of occupied homes, why wouldn't they try to steal with their agent there?

Feb 10, 2009 08:56 AM #15
Respect Realty LLC
Respect Realty LLC - Milwaukie, OR
Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate

Alan - $300 for a set of 5 cameras not $300 per camera. But, the bathroom is a concern, but I tell my buyers to take all medicine out of the bathrooms before I list the home already.

Karen - I hope that is the way sellers see my idea.

Jeff - I disagree with the microphone idea, mainly because of people listening in on what the buyers are telling their agent, that is why I don't have sound on these cameras.

Angelia - Yes, I would have to put a sign out front saying security system in place with video, but that is it according to an attorney I talked to.

Connie - Mine won't have sound and will be only focused on areas of high theft. (Safes, jewelry boxes, kitchen junk drawers, places like that.)

Feb 10, 2009 08:56 AM #16
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