“For Sale” Homes & Security Systems

If I ever need to make a living as a home burglar, I’ve got the perfect cover: impersonate a Realtor (complete with business cards), and enlist as confederates a “traditional” family (husband, wife, and 2.3 kids) to come along.

I unwittingly tripped across this strategy yesterday in the course of showing a Golden Valley home that — yup — had an armed security system.

After (hurriedly) calling the listing agent’s front desk to get the code and disarming the alarm, I waited for the inevitable police squad car(s) to show up.

Which they did. Quickly. (One of the great things about Golden Valley, by the way — very safe).

Seeing me, my clients — and, no doubt, my license plate (“MyRltr”) — we all made some amiable chitchat, and the police quickly drove off, no more questions asked!

P.S: If you are a home owner selling your home and have a security system, there are about 37 reasons to deactivate it while your home is on the market.

Reason #1: it gives the impression that no one’s showing your home (certainly true in this case: with all the drawn curtains, clutter, etc., it looked like the last showing was . . . 1998).

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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