Yesterday I was speaking to an acquaintance, Mike, about what’s happening to home sellers in different parts of the country when selling their home. I’ve only met Mike one other time, and to my mistake, I didn’t mention I was a real estate broker. More about that in a minute.
I told Mike about the opioid crisis in our country and how home sellers were being targeted by drug addicts, he’d never heard about this issue. These drug addicts are pretending to be interested homebuyers in order to gain easy access to the property. Why is it “easy” he asked? I explained there are more than 1,400,000 real estate agents in the United States and Kansas City alone has more licensed agents than homes listed for sale. Unfortunately, nearly half of the agents have less than 2 years of experience and sell less than 1 home per year. That means agent competition for a sale is very high and very competitive and as a result, most agents are not properly qualifying buyers before showing a property.
Mike found out the hard way about the opioid crisis after an agent had shown his home to potential buyers. Shortly after several showings that day he learned his prescription drugs from a recent colon surgery were missing from his dresser drawer. It made him wonder, if going through dresser drawers wasn’t a problem for the crooks, what else of value had been stolen?
In retrospect, I wish I would have told Mike I was a real estate broker; had I done so, he and his family probably wouldn’t have felt violated from a theft happening in their home. The tools I use allow buyers to walkthrough a property 24 hours a day, seven days a week without them ever physically stepping foot into the home.
Mike and I each learned something that day. Mike learned how I sell homes is both convenient for everyone, safe for families, and who he can refer his friends to when they are ready to sell their homes. I learned the opioid issue has now reached Johnson County. I also learned to ask everyone to share with friends and family that my dad (Dale Carrison) and I are not the typical real estate agents. We use the best tools available to keep your valuables and your family safe when selling a home.
You can learn more about the tools being used to keep your family safe here.