Tips from Hailey Reider at The Texas Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University
- Have the seller remove all valuables from the home before the showing. An open house provides potential burglars a way to map out a home and identify valuables to target. Belongings like video game consoles, jewelry, and important documents should be removed from the property and kept somewhere safe.
- Bring a colleague or friend to the open house. It is always good practice to have another set of eyes and ears to alert you to potential threats.
- Check in with someone even if you are not alone at the open house. Notify someone off-property, like a colleague, friend, or relative, that you will be calling them every hour, on the hour. If you don’t call, they are to call you. You should also give them the address and turn on location sharing if possible.
- Create an escape plan. When you first enter a house, check all rooms to determine several escape routes. Unlock deadbolts and open a couple of windows to facilitate a faster escape. If the backyard is fenced, be sure you can escape from there as well.
- Check your cell signal before the open house. Make sure your phone is charged and has an adequate signal. Program emergency numbers on speed dial.
- Walk behind the prospect. Do not lead the client around the home; instead, direct them around the house from behind. The prospect should always be in your “10 and 2″ range of vision.
- Avoid small rooms. Stay close to the exits in attics, basements, and other small rooms. Do not let yourself be cornered.
- Have a sign-in procedure to identify prospects. Have all open house visitors sign in with their full name, address, phone number, email, and vehicle information. When scheduling a one-on-one showing, be sure to photograph the prospect’s identification card and send the picture to someone in your office.
- Keep your keys and phone on your person. Your handbag should be locked in the trunk of your vehicle.
- Keep an eye out for suspicious activity. If anything is out of the ordinary—like a man wearing a long coat on a hot day, or someone asking about when the sellers are coming home—do not be afraid to cut the showing short. However, the best course of action is to stay calm and not show fear. Confidence is key, and always keep your head up. For added protection, ask neighbors to keep an eye out for suspicious activity.
- Make sure everyone is out of the home before locking up. Do not assume the home is empty after the open house. Check every room to make sure no one has stayed in the home. Make sure all windows and doors are locked.
- Trust your gut. If something feels wrong, it very well may be. You should remain alert and aware. If you need to cut the open house short or alert the authorities, do not be afraid to do so. Remain professional, and get out quickly if you need to.
Want some variety to spice up your life this week?
Put these local restaurants on your list then stop by on way home:
Rio Bravo Tex Mex at Alma Drive and Legacy serves up some of the best Tex Mex you’ll find along with great margaritas. Drop in for enchiladas, tacos, fajitas, combinations, nachos and your favorites. Rio Bravo Tex Mex Menu. Location: Legacy Plaza at 6900 Alma Dr #120, Plano, TX 75023. 972-517-6062.
Sushi Shack in Plano on the corner of Independence and Parker Road in Lancer’s Square will serve you your fill of Japanese favorite rolls from avocado to California or Cajun or cucumber to Philadelphia, tempura and tuna. The chef’s favorite Sashimi sampler and sushi sampler are local faves. 972-596-8481. Location: 3291 Independence Pkwy Ste 100, Plano, TX 75075.
Hutchins BBQ does the basics right if you crave Texas barbecue: Brisket, ribs and sides, plus free pudding and cobbler. You can stop by Hutchins BBQ in Frisco or McKinney. The Frisco location is just north of Main Street on 9225 Preston Road Frisco, TX 75033. … The McKinney location (972-548-2629) is east of U.S. 75 off Hwy. 380 – University at 1301 North Tennessee St. McKinney TX 75069 up the road from downtown McKinney TX. Texas BBQ Insiders and Old Timers know Hutchins BBQ started in 1978 as “Roy’s Smokehouse” in Princeton, Texas.
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ALLEN, Texas – Kaizen Development Partners has secured its first tenant for One Bethany West at Watters Creek.
Highlands Residential Mortgage signed a 10-year lease for 25,735 sf at the soon-to-deliver office building at 950 W. Bethany Drive in Allen.
The building is the third of five planned Class A office projects in One Bethany at Watters Creek, joining One Bethany East and Netscout at One Bethany.
JLL represented the landlord, and Mohr Partners advised the tenant.
Completion is scheduled for early July 2020. The tenant will occupy the space in November 2020.
Prosper ISD has promoted Shaun Stanton to baseball coach at Rock Hill High School Head Baseball Coach. Coach Shaun Stanton has been in Prosper ISD for ten years serving as the JV Coach for three years before being promoted to Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach.
Coach Stanton grew up in the Houston area attending Dobie High School, where he was named All-Greater Houston in both basketball and baseball. In college, he played two years of baseball at Galveston College, where he was named 1st team All-Conference Utility both years. After junior college, he attended Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, to continue his baseball career. At Lamar, he was named to the All-Southland Conference team both years as an outfielder.
As the Varsity Assistant, his teams never lost before the third round of the playoffs and won five of six district titles including winning the 2015 state championship. While serving in Prosper, he has also been the Director of the Drivers Education program at Prosper ISD for the last five years as well as serving as Department Head for both the Foreign Language and PE departments.
Coach Stanton and his family have lived in Prosper since 2011. His wife, Aimee, works for Prosper ISD and their children Cooper, Maggie, and Bennett attend Rogers and Rucker.
Prosper ISD Athletic Director Valerie Little said: “We are thrilled Coach Stanton will be leading our Rock Hill baseball program. He has been in Prosper for a period of time and proven himself and his value to not only Prosper ISD, but to the baseball community as well. We are fired up about the expertise he will bring to Rock Hill baseball, Rock Hill HS and the Rock Hill community!”