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Beaverton Oregon Real Estate: Whatcha hiding?

BeavertonOregon RealEstate: Whatcha hiding? by Todd Clark

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When it comes to real estate in Beaverton, Oregon, just like any other place, you find the strangest things in homes. You wonder what backwards town these people came from and how their agent could allow this to

Today, while showing homes, I walked into what I thought was going to be a nice fou rbedroom, two car garage, home in a very nice area of Beaverton. From the outside, it looked great. But, what I walked in to was still nice, but it was a zero bedroom and no garage.

Let me explain:

You see, once youwalked into this very well maintained home, we ran into the same thing at everydoor we came to, they were locked. We couldn’t see any of the bedrooms or the garage. All we got to see when we went in was the kitchen, the living room,and the two and half bathrooms. Granted they looked nice, but my clients wanted to know more about the bedroom and the closet space.

Not today... I called the listing agent and he told me,“Sorry, they run a business out of their home and the keep inventory in some of the bedrooms and computer equipment in others.” I had to ask how were we expected to know if this home was what we were looking for if we were unable to see the actual meat of the home? He really didn’t have an answer, and so without any further questions, my buyers and I moved on to the next property.

Sellers, when selling your home in Beaverton, or any other city, you need to make your home is accessible if you want to sell it. I understand this seller’s situation, but that is the time to rent a storage unit for the inventory and a security camera for the computer equipment.

For more advice on selling your Beaverton, Oregon, home for the most money,in the shortest amount of time, call me and we can sit down and I can give you some advice on your home and what you can do to help in the sale of it.


Todd Clark (Principal Broker)
eXp Realty LLC
Comment balloon 16 commentsTodd Clark • February 20 2009 01:14AM


Can't sell it if you can't show it.  Can't help but wonder if the LA explained it to the seller, might have helped to have in the remarks - it really is for sale, but sorry. :-)

Posted by Alexsandra Stewart, Broker - Portland Oregon Real Estate (Remax equity group) almost 12 years ago

Isn't that terrific!  Something like that is probably an instant deal killer for a potential customer. Even if the house is beautiful they will probably think something is up at that house and be emotionally turned off.

Posted by Morgan Evans, LICENSED REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 12 years ago

I would be half temped to leave a note on the kitchen counter:  "We would have loved to have viewed all of your home.  Unfortunately, doors were locked to bedrooms, etc.  Please have your agent give me a call to let me know when all of your home will be available for potential buyers to view.  I will be happy to make another appointment if my buyers haven't found another home in the meantime."

Posted by Kris Wales, Real Estate Blog & Homes for Sale search site, Macomb County MI (Keller Williams Realty - Lakeside Market Center) almost 12 years ago

This is interesting.  I heard of one instance where a closet was closed during showings and inspections, and walk-thrus.  It turns out that the house had foundation issues that were not noticed until after closing.  :-0

Posted by Zilkia Olmeda-Martins, GRI, Realtor, San Antonio Texas Luxury Homes (RE/MAX North - San Antonio) almost 12 years ago

Todd you should call the other agent and tell them to put it on e-bay.....people buy stuff all the time with out looking at it first on there......I guess that will be for sale next year also.....peace zane 

Posted by Zane Coffin, (Geneva Ohio Real Estate Agent) (Century-21 Homestar) almost 12 years ago

I just love spending my time showing property that nobody can see!!!  It really brightens my day.  If the seller wants to sell then they either rent locker space or be there to unlock the doors.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) almost 12 years ago

Todd, Does the other agent realize the only possible offer they will get will be silly, to match the silliness of the showing. If you can't put the property in it's best light why take the listing.

Posted by Steve Loynd, 800-926-5653, White Mountains NH ( Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., ) almost 12 years ago

Hi Todd, Last week-end I made an appointment through Centralized Showing Service to show a townhouse.  On Saturday, the house sitter wouldn't let us in.  We tried again on sunday and again, the house sitter wouldn't let us in.  You can't sell your house if no one can see it...

Posted by Shirley Parks, Broker, 210-414-0966, San Antonio TX Real Estate (Sands Realty 210-414-0966) almost 12 years ago

I would not let a seller have this happen period. I would pull my signs and give them my written release of the listing. No excuse to waste my time on something as basic. Sorry yours was wasted!

Posted by Chip Jefferson (Gibbs Realty and Auction Company) almost 12 years ago

Hi Todd... If nothing else, the fact that half the house is unavailable for viewing should be disclosed in Agent Remarks in MLS, or perhaps the showings should be "Listing Agent to Meet" so that they can unlock the bedrooms for you.

Posted by Steve Shatsky almost 12 years ago

Todd...I'll give you one better. I called an agent to arrange a preview of a home. She said she'd notify seller.

Ring doorbell, man is leaving, says come on in, he does not live there anyway......(hmmmm) walk around main floor, open basement door and light is out to surprized person who knew nothing about preview....go upstairs to bedroom 1, locked. Bedroom 2, open door to find man in bed.

Now I leave. They are basically running a boarding house out of this house, and every room is occupied by someone different.

Called agent and left "not so kind message." Did she bother to call back.....yeah...right!

Posted by Thom Abbott, Midtown Atlanta GA Condos For Sale ( |770.713.1505 | Intown Atlanta GA Condo Living) almost 12 years ago


       How can we sale a home we can't show???  Sellers need to realize upfront that we can't sell what we can't show.  Realtors work magic but we aren't magicians.  We can't pull the bedrooms out of our hat!


Posted by jane browne (exit realty advantage) almost 12 years ago

Todd, I'm not sure what sellers or listing agents are thinking at times.  How can a serious buyer even consider purchasing a home where they can't even see some of the rooms?  With so many homes available to buyers in this market, sellers need to make sure their home is always available, and in tip top condition, or they don't have a chance of selling it.

Posted by Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807, Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor (Good Company Real Estate almost 12 years ago

Alexsandra - Nope, certainly didn't have that in the remarks! That would have made me call before hand and at least ask what that meant.

Morgan - IT WAS! They were making jokes like, I wonder how much pot they are growing in there.

Kris - Where were you when I was in the house trying to figure out why we even spent the gas to come see a living room and a kitchen?

Zilkia - LAWSUIT! Clearly not telling of a known material defect is a lawsuit waiting to happen.

Posted by Todd Clark, Principle Broker Oregon (eXp Realty LLC) almost 12 years ago

Zane - If things don't change in that house, that agent is just wasting advertising dollars as far as I'm concerned.

Don - They could have easily rented a POD or a storage unit to hold all their stuff. They are going to have to pack it up anyway if they are planning to move.

Steve - That would be a good idea, put in an offer a 0 bedroom / 0 garage house and then show the comps for those when presenting the offer.

Shirley - If I were the owner, I would have been pissed!

Laura - That is exactly what I told my buyers I would have done also. Why waste your advertising dollar on something like that.

Posted by Todd Clark, Principle Broker Oregon (eXp Realty LLC) almost 12 years ago

Steve - That would have been better than what we got to see.

Thom or Ray - Hey you got to do what you have to do in order to keep a home out of foreclosure now. Clearly this person found that solution!

Jane - We aren't...What am I doing with this rabbit then?

Troy - I agree. I have to laugh at my own sister. She put in an offer on a home a few years ago that the offer was subject to interior inspection. They weren't even allowed to see the home unless they put an offer in on it. I was so glad I wasn't her agent, I felt sorry for the guy.

Posted by Todd Clark, Principle Broker Oregon (eXp Realty LLC) almost 12 years ago

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