“What, Somebody’s Going to Steal the Copper Again?”
[Editor’s Note: before I lose all my Readers, I promise to switch to sunnier posts . . . next week.]
Normally, when I need to re-schedule a confirmed showing, I make a point of calling the listing agent’s office to let them know.
For one thing, it’s just professional to do that.
For another, I’ve always figured — just for liability reasons — it’s smart to make sure that the owner knows I never came in the house.
Finally, assuming you’re planning to re-schedule the showing, why start out by annoying the Seller?
No One’s Home
So, when my client needed to change their appointment to see a $20,000 (!) foreclosure, I was about to call the listing agent.
Then, I realized: the house’s (copper) plumbing has been stolen (it says so right on MLS); the house is extensively damaged and being sold “As is”; and the Buyer is to assume responsibility for correcting — my guess — $30,000-plus in city-required electrical, plumbing, windows, siding, and roof repairs.
What more could happen to such a home??
And who’s going to know if it does?
Certainly not the bank — at least not for a long time.