“No Stairs to Basement”

“Use caution, stairs removed leading to lowest level.  Be sure to turn off all lights and lock all doors.”

–Showing instructions, MLS listing

Showing instructions are usually pretty mundane:  besides telling the Buyer’s agent the access code and lockbox location, they typically just request that the showing agent “please remove shoes, turn off lights and leave a business card.”

So, I did a double-take when I saw the little tidbit (above) buried in the showing instructions.

I can understand not wanting to throw a spotlight on such an item.

However . . . you’ve got to wonder if relying on Buyers’ agents to catch such a bombshell in the showing instructions isn’t inviting some (big) liability issues.

*In journalism, “burying the lead” is when the story’s most important point comes much later in the story.

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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