Open House Jewelry Thief Strikes in West University PlaceAn Open House Jewelry Thief struck one of my listings about two weeks ago.  This brings up a very important aspect of selling your home -- namely Open House safety.

While holding public open house on a Sunday afternoon, I encountered a thief helping himself to my clients' jewelry. The thief ran off, and luckily no one was hurt. This Open House Jewelry Thief has been identified as a serial offender, and the police are currently searching for him.

An open house is really a great marketing tool. It allows agents and the public to actually get a first-hand look at your home. The open house gives real estate professionals the chance to determine if your home matches the needs of their clients.  Potential buyers can have the luxury of looking around the home and yard to see if it meets their family’s needs and lifestyle.

Still, there are steps you can take to prepare your home for an open house. You will want to make sure that all your valuables, such as jewelry, medicine, laptops, fancy electronics, or the like, are safely stored.  It is best to store these items off-site.  But if you must keep them in the house itself, make sure they securely locked up and out of sight.

Ninety-nine-point-nine percent of all the people walking through an open house are legitimate.  They are only interested in the home itself.  But it only takes that one bad apple to mess things up for everyone.  As your real estate advisors, we're quite happy to help you find ways to minimize the risks.  Consult with your agent about any safety concerns!

And we must all be on the lookout for this Open House Jewelry Thief.  Be vigilant - and stay safe.

Roger Martin