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    Most of the open houses being held today are in escrow?!$%#%??@$

    I know what you are thinking or wanting to say, can this be true?  Can the real estate agents that are spreading their signs around on every corner, on every lamp post and on every street sign be advertising homes that are really not available for sale?

    Top Open House ResourceYes, it is true and here is why.  There is no “rule or law” against a home being held open when it is in escrow.  In fact, some agent will use the “back up” strategy when the seller could not care less about getting any additional offers on their home. (ethically, is a whole other story 🙂 )

    The agents know that Open Houses are one of the best ways to procure leads.  How can you keep safe?

    Simple, don’t sign anything, if requested to sign something – use the name of John and Candice Nesbit 🙂

    And – Always!!! – Make it very clear you are working with a real estate agent, if you are!  They need to know this right off of the bat when you enter the open house.  Just tell the agent hosting, who may not be the listing agent, that you are already represented by a Realtor.

    Don’t believe any of the pillow talk that the one hosting the open house may be telling you.  Any negotiation should be presented back to them by your Santa Clarita real estate agent.  Let them earn their keep and bounce everything the agent hosting the home open has told you off of your real estate professional.

    Here are some examples of what a couple of clients were told last weekend by the agent hosting an open house at a home that already had a secure and accepted offer on it.

    • This is house if for sale, if I write up the offer, we can get it presented to the seller post haste.  (bad – home is already in escrow and the agent hosting is not the listing agent)
    • The BEST way for this home to be bought is through me. (bad – another ploy at a home that is already in escrow…)
    • I know I can get the seller to take less. (bad – breech of the promise to represent the seller to the best of the agent’s ability – throwing them under the bus)
    • You will save money by using me to buy the home (bad – buyers don’t pay commission to their agent)

    As you can see – bad things happen at open houses some times.  However, these circumstances are few and far between.  Just make sure you tell your real estate agent you are going out to view open houses during a weekend.  They can get you a list or if you are interested in Santa Clarita Open Houses – you can visit our Open House Website for the SCV.

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    Paris and Connor MacIvor

    Connor and Paris MacIvor are in the Top 1% of Realtors Nationwide, starting their real estate business in 1998 with RE/MAX Gateway - Santa Clarita Valley and Valencia CA. Their becoming licensed real estate consultants and representatives came from the horrible experience they had when they bought their first home. There were many things that the agent they had hired did not explain and disclose, which per law he should have. Getting that agent on the phone after they closed escrow and after he had gotten paid was impossible. Paris and Connor called the broker, the board of realtors, the office manager and all they received was the promise of a phone call back. The remedy did come, but not as fast and in the way they wanted. That act - that bad agent was the reason why Paris and Connor became Realtors. That was all they needed to vow to never let the same fate befall anyone else, that befell them. Today Connor and Paris are focused on client service. Protection and top-shelf service with regard to their real estate clientele. They primarily work within the Santa Clarita Valley and Valencia CA. However, for a referral, where 80+ of their business is referrals they have License and Will Travel to other parts of Ventura County, Los Angeles County, and Orange County to handle real estate transactions for those who trust their real estate operation. Writing on their Real Estate Blog is a passion. SCVnest.com/blog is where you will find over 10,000 real estate articles. Go to SCVnest.com/radio to listen to their latest real estate radio broadcast.

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