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May 26, 2011

Arcadia homes for sale-California real estate properties

Homes in Arcadia are always in demand due to its highly rated public school district and proximity to Pasadena with its museums, nightlife and a variety of activities!  Below, is a map with all available Arcadia homes for sale listed in the Multiple LIsting Service (MLS). Feel free to click on any home for more information like price, house details, photographs and more. You can also create a VIP account which will save your home searches and will email new home listings to you as they become available. This way, you will not miss your opportunity to own a home in Arcadia California.

Immediately below the map, you will find a few of the most recently listed homes in Arcadia for your review.  This property list is updated automatically as new home listings come up on the real estate market.

Give us a call at (626) 629-8439 if you would like to schedule a time to see any of these homes for sale or meet for a home buyer consultation.

See all Arcadia Real Estate - Homes for Sale in Arcadia


Posted in Arcadia, Homes For Sale
May 25, 2011

Top 3 Most Expensive Pasadena Homes Sold in April 2011

If you are in the market for a Pasadena luxury home, you might find this article of interest. Here are the 3 most expensive home sales in Pasadena for last month - April 2011.

The Most Expensive Pasadena Luxury Home Sale

Address:  2 Oak Knoll Terrace, Pasadena California

Sales Price:  $7,500,000

2 Oak Knoll Terrace

Located on a private street adjacent to the prestigious Langham Huntington Hotel, this gated estate offers tremendous potential to an imaginative, creative buyer. Comprising a magnificent 10,000+sf Colonial home plus a separate 23,000sf private art gallery, the stately residences sit on 2.45 private of lush grounds. Designed by renowned architects Myron Hunt & expanded by Gordon Kaufmann, the main residence features a center hall floorplan with grand public rooms, library, pub, nine bedrooms and a finished 2000sf basement. French doors open to a wonderful terrace and backyard with inviting pool, garden pavillion & changing rooms. Meander along a scenic garden path and you will encounter an amazing art gallery, designed in 1973 by Ladd & Kelsey, with a 2-story domed atrium, grand display rooms, plus guest quarters with kitchen facilities.

Listed by Coldwell Banker Realty

Second Highest Home Sale in Pasadena

Address:  1080 South Oak Knoll Avenue

Sales Price:  $2,200,000

1080 S Oak Knoll 

This handsome gated estate benefits from the privacy of the magnificent tree-lined back garden setting. The stylish entry opens to the light filled public rooms that flow to a spacious outdoor terrace. The main level features an elegant living room w/ fireplace & French doors to the terrace, a spacious formal dining room & an adjacent sun room. The updated gourmet kitchen has granite counter tops & a large breakfast area. On the right of the entrance are a delightful bedroom & bath, the beautiful master suite w/ updated bath & the main staircase to the lower level. The downstairs features a large library/family room w/ fireplace. This floor also features a 2nd master suite w/ full bath, 2 bedrooms w/ a shared bath, a humidor & several large storage areas. The California basement offers an area ideal for wine storage. The lovely terraced garden has mature plantings & paths that descend to a large flat lawn area, a patio or outdoor stage & a charming pond.

Listed by Coldwell Banker Realty

3rd Most Expensive Home Sale in Pasadena

Address:  541 Fremont Drive

Sales Price:  $1,583,000

Originally listed at $1,375,000, this home sold at 115.13% of list price!  Goes to show you that architecturally significant homes in Pasadena are very much in demand!

3 most expensive home sale in Pasadena

The Mello Residence. Buff, Straub & Hensman, 1956. A virtually unaltered single level mid-century post and beam residence set upon the plateau of Pasadena's central arroyo with spectacular views and private access into Brookside Park.

Listed by Sotheby's International Realty


READ MORE:  Pasadena real estate update 2012 – see luxury home sales.

Irina is a Top Realtor and the founder and President of Pasadena Views Real Estate Team™. She is available to assist you in all of your Real Estate transactions. Email or call her today at (626)629-8439.

Are you relocating to Pasadena?  If so, take a look at our 365 Things To Do In Pasadena® .  Call us at 626-629-8439 to schedule a time for your free home buyer or home seller consultation!

May 23, 2011

3 Most Expensive Pasadena Condos Sold In April 2011

There were 31 Pasadena condos sold in April 2011. The average sales price was $355,800 and the average price per square foot for these condos was $299. This would get you a 2 bedroom Pasadena condo with about 1,299 square feet.

However, it's always fun to see the top 3 most expensive condominiums that sold. All three closed escrow at over $600,000.  All information obtained from the Pasadena Foothill Association of Realtors (PFAR)

The Most Expensive Pasadena Condo Sale for April 2011

1070 South Orange Grove Blvd - Millionaire's Row!

1070 Orange Grove Avenue

Sold for $675,000

3 bedrooms with 3 baths and over 2,200 sq. ft!

Features include wrap around patio, fireplace, wet bar and garden views.

Listed by Coldwell Banker.

Second Highest Condo Sale in April 2011

35 North Raymond Avenue #403

35 North Raymond Avenue

Sold at $645,000

3 Bedrooms with 2. 5 bathrooms and a coveted 3 parking spaces!

Loft style condo with stainless steel appliances including a washer & dryer.  Prime Old Pasadena location.

Listed by Goodyear Realty.

Third Highest Condo Sale in Pasadena

700 East Union Street #108

700 East Union Pasadena

Sold at $633,000

2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms

Located in the Pasadena's Playhouse District, this unit features 1,290 square feet and has a gourmet kitchen.

Listed by Podley Properties.

You can find some of the most recent Pasadena Condo sales by clicking below.


READ MORE:  Pasadena real estate update 2012 – see luxury home sales.

Give Irina a call at 626-629-8439 to find out how much your Pasadena condo or townhome is worth. And, of course, take a look at our real estate guide to learn more about home buying and the home selling process.

May 22, 2011

Housing Market Report for Pasadena - April 2011

As Pasadena real estate moves into the hottest selling season, I'd like to share with you some of the latest Pasadena home sales statistics as reported by Pasadena Foothill Association for April 2011.

  • 66 single family homes sold at an average of $365 per square foot
  • 31  condos sold at an average of $291 per square foot
  • 13  townhomes sold at an average of $346 per square foot

The average time on the real estate market for single family homes was 89 days. It is taking almost a month longer to market these homes compared to April of 2010 when it took only 60 days from list to a successful close.

The lowest priced sold home in Pasadena for April 2011 was a short sale at 1932 Navarro Avenue (right on the border of Pasadena.) This home sold for $220,000.  Considering this was a short sale, it took only 75 days for this home to go through the escrow process.

The highest priced home sold in Pasadena in April of 2011 was a luxury estate with over 35,000 sq. ft. which was on the market for over two years, but commanded a staggering $7,500,000.

2 Oak Knoll Pasadena Luxury Estate

The volume of homes for sale in Pasadena has dropped from the autumn months.  However the actual number of homes sold has increased!

Pasadena California Home Sales Statistics for April 2011

Average sales price of homes for sale in Pasadena closed at $750,000.  The asking price, however, was at $1,142,000.

Average sales price of Pasadena homes - April 2011

Below you can see most recent homes that sold.  This list will automatically update as new home sales are recorded in the Pasadena Foothill Association by Pasadena real estate agents.  As always, any questions, give me a call at 626-629-8439.

READ MORE:  365 Things To Do In Pasadena®

May 10, 2011

Home Buyers - Do You Need An Arm?

Mondie Picl - Mortgage Consultant

Guest Author: Mondie Pic'l

Years ago when ARM’s (adjustable rate mortgages) were a novelty I did an advertising piece with a picture of the Venus de Milo (the statue with no arms) asking:

Do you need an ARM?

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Obvious… maybe. As crazy as it may sound I still think it is a valid question for some home buyers and homeowners to ask themselves today. ARM’s have received a very bad reputation since the credit meltdown of 2008. After all, it was those nasty Option ARM’s and Pick a Pay loans that left you owing more than your original balance and caused much of the carnage we are now seeing in the Real Estate market. These types of loans are fortunately no longer available. What is not talked about is that they were around for years before they became a problem and were not necessarily a bad loan. It was a product that was offered to the wrong home buyers for the wrong reasons so that lenders and Wall Street could make bigger profits. The risk to the home owner far outweighed the advantages that were explained when loan documents were signed.

Today’s adjustable rate mortgages are much more conservative and easier to understand for consumers. The adjustable rate mortgages offered today have several very critical components and it is very important as consumer that you know each one when you are thinking about taking an ARM loan. To review and better understand these features The Federal Reserve has a web site that offers excellent explanations of each component:

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So what situation would cause someone to need an ARM in today’s historically low rate environment?

Up until late last year I would have questioned the use of an ARM for any reason given today’s low fixed rates. I am typically very conservative with my clients. My mind was changed when recently a past client challenged me saying she wanted to refinance from a 30 year fixed into a 5 Year ARM. I was aghast! She had a fairly low balance on her current mortgage. I really thought this was a crazy idea until I sharpened my pencil and analyzed her situation.

Her goal was to retire in 5 years and have her mortgage paid off. She always paid more on her fixed rate loan but wanted the benefit of the 3.5% rate on an ARM program. She felt that the lower rate with the larger than required principal payment would accelerate the pay off her loan within her 5 year retirement time frame. When I ran an amortization on the 5/1 ARM with additional principal added each month equivalent to what she was paying now she could have all but $50,000 of her mortgage paid off in 5 years.

Her other choice was to make a slightly higher payment that her current amount ensuring a total pay off in 5 years. The absolute worst case scenario was that in 5 years her payment would go to 9.5% (it had a 6% lifetime cap) on a $50,000 loan which was still affordable on her projected retirement income if she decided not to pay the balance off with other assets or increase her monthly payment. This was an excellent use of a 5/1 ARM. It was in line with her personal financial plans and it did so in a safe affordable way.

Just last month I assisted another home buyer whose goal was to downsize from their current residence. After selling their current home and using the proceeds they would have a small mortgage on their new residence. Again their horizon for retirement was just 3-5 years away. Learning from my previous client, I ran the amortization on an ARM program and again the math made sense. They could have the mortgage paid off by the time they retired if they continued making a higher payment during the fixed rate period allowing them to retire with no mortgage.

This is a key difference to how ARMS can be used now compared to how they have been used the past. Home buyers were getting loans based on the expectation of increased future earnings and anticipated property appreciation. A smart way to use an ARM now is to take advantage of the low rate and to pay extra principal while the homeowner has higher current earnings anticipating a decrease in future earnings.

The key to an adjustable rate mortgages is to use them in situations where it matches the home buyer’s individual financial plan.

They should not be used simply for the lower rate as they pose such a high risk for payment increases at the end of the fixed term. They should never be offered to help a borrower qualify (there are qualification requirements now that will hopefully prevent that from happening again). They are a viable option for a very specific financial plan and the loan officer you are working with should understand this and be able to mathematically demonstrate if there is a benefit to you.

So, do you need an ARM?

READ MORE:  Pasadena Real Estate Guide

Mondie Pic’l is the Branch Manager with Fairway Mortgage. She can be reached at 626-233-1303.

May 2, 2011

Royal Couple's Arcadia Residence

Now that I have your attention... the royal couple is NOT relocating to Arcadia, but what if they did?  Where would they live?

With the Royal Wedding behind them, the newly titled Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, like any other newlywed couple, is trying to decide which castle they will call their home.  If they were to consider purchasing their royal digs in Arcadia, how would the real estate market treat them?  Let's take a look at the recent Arcadia home sales statistics to get some insight.

Trendgraphix Inc. reports in April 2011, that the average price of an Arcadia home currently listed for sale is close to $1.5 million, $1,432,000 to be exact for homes that closed escrow in March of 2011.  And, the average price of the homes sold in Arcadia is $1,097,000 reflecting a 4.4% increase from March 2010.

Here's a look at the last 15 months to give us a better understanding of what the Royals' real estate agent is sharing with the newlyweds to educate them about the market.

Arcadia Average Priced Home Statistics for March 2011

What about the available inventory of homes?  Prince William and Princess Kate would have 174 properties to choose from.  However, should they want to narrow down their choice to single family homes, they'd start with a pool of 125 homes. Half of these homes were under $862,000.  The other half is probably going to be closer to the Royal Couple's tastes and expectations.  But, let's take a look at what they can expect to pay by bedroom count:

  • 2 bedrooms have an average list price of $583,923 and are usually around 1,192 sq. ft.
  • 3 bedrooms have an average list price of $870,314 and are usually around 1,935 sq. ft.
  • 4 bedrooms have an average list price of $1,345,331 and are usually around 3,120 sq. ft.
  • 5 bedrooms or more have an average list price of $2,427,459 and are usually around 5,216 sq. ft.

Most likely, the homes with over 5 bedrooms would be to their liking since they'll have important dignitaries to entertain when they visit them.  Having beautiful grounds and a guarded and gated community would be a necessity so maybe this beautiful estate listed by Coldwell Banker - Beverly Hills North would fit the bill.  It's listed for sale at a flat $7 million.  Here's an inside peek:

368 Whispering Pines in Arcadia

368 Whispering Pines, Arcadia California
Offering 6 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms and built in 2006, this luxury estate resides on a 40,000+ sq. ft. lot with 7,819 sq. ft. of interior space.  Of course, you'd need to drive the 100+ ft drive way to get to this majestic property with five fireplaces, a chef's gourmet kitchen and mature trees on magnificent grounds.

For us, country bumpkins, you can find a list of all Arcadia homes for sale here.

What is your dream home?  Have you seen any in Arcadia that capture your imagination?  Let me know by commenting below.

Data from Pasadena Foothill Association of Realtors Multiple Listing Service.

April 29, 2011

Safety in Real Estate

LA Times ran a great article last Sunday targeted towards home sellers about not becoming a victim when showing homes.  It resonated with me since I just talked about Open Houses and how some visitors refuse to sign in per real estate agent's request.

pasadena views open house

Bottom line is this... the home seller's safety, real estate agent's safety and the protection of your belongings and privacy is of utmost importance.

While most criminals will seek small items and anything they can fit into their pockets, sometimes these “buyers” are actually scoping the home for a future burglary.  According to a safety expert who has worked with the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® and other groups, first and foremost, people should trust their instincts, so if someone or something is making one uncomfortable, be extra alert and extremely careful.

If a potential buyer or unknown agent arrives at the house unexpectedly, the homeowner should tell him to call their agent to schedule an appointment.  Also, Before allowing anyone to enter the house, all lights should be turned on and all blinds, shades, and curtains opened.  Homes are safer for showing when someone outside can see inside.

As discussed previously, homeowners should remove all valuables, including jewelry, artwork, and electronic equipment before the scheduled open house.  Additionally, money, mail, bank statements, credit cards and keys should never be kept lying around, or even in a drawer with easy access.  Prescription drugs should be kept in locked cabinets, to prevent anyone from stealing them or using the information on the label.

Professional burglars often linger in rooms, looking for items they can dispose of quickly.  They also search for ways to get in and out, scouting possible escape routes and checking for security devices.  Couples up to no good often split up so one can check out the house and its belongings, while the other keeps the agent and/or seller occupied.

Here are some tips that LA Times has listed:

  • Identify your visitors. Agents often insist that everyone sign a guest registry to show their control and professionalism. They also screen their clients by putting them through a pre-qualification process.
  • Identify unknown agents too. It's easy for someone to print up fake business cards, so call the agent's office to make sure that the person is who he says he is. Never let an agent directly into your house. Instead, make that person open the lockbox your agent placed on your door to gain access. Non-agents won't be able to.
  • Don't make an appointment with potential buyers unless they provide their names and phone numbers and you have called them back to verify the number.
  • Beware of callers who knock on your door at strange hours, either late at night or early in the morning. No matter who they say they are, ask them to make an appointment at a more reasonable time. If someone says he can view your house only at this particular moment, don't believe him.
  • Be mindful of someone who is asking unusual questions that have nothing to do with the house. Are you married or single? Do you live alone? What times does your spouse leave for work and return? What time do the kids come home from school?

See the full LA Times article here.

Posted in Sellers
April 28, 2011

Whoopi Goldberg is Selling Estate in Vermont

Whoopi's equestrian estate is on the market for $2.3 million dollars in Marlboro, Vermont.  Originally listed for $2.5 million in June of 2010, the price was dropped by $200,000.

Whoopi Goldberg Ranch in VermontHorses

Described as:

The Robinson-Winchester Farm was completely renovated and remodeled in 2004 to exceptional standards. No expense was spared in the renovations from the beautiful 1790 colonial home to the multiple out buildings & barns & the 2 bedroom bunkhouse (full residence).Tremendous Equestrian Facility with 745 aces including 15 miles of groomed woodland trails /67+ acres pasture. Private estate w/conserved land. Unique property owned by high profile celebrity- Once in a lifetime opportunity!

Picture perfect green mountains provide the ideal backdrop for the remodeled colonial estate equipped with barns and a 2-bedroom bunkhouse! The equestrian facility has more than 700 acres of free space, including 15 miles of groomed trails. Whoopi's moving her sister act out – but that means it's time for you to get your wilderness on!

The average listing price for ZIP code 05344 is $665,557. 634 Lower Dover Road has 6 beds, 3 ½ baths, approximately 6,100 square feet, and was built in 1800.
This luxury estate is listed by Arlene Palmiter of Palmiter Realty Group.

April 27, 2011

San Marino Home Prices Driven by Chinese Buyers?

Here's an interesting article by Alain Sherter of BNet:

The average price of a home in Vancouver has shot up 13 percent and now tops $780,000. Even as home prices fall in most major U.S. cities, housing in tony San Marino, Calif., has shrugged off the financial crisis to reach a record high last year. Demand for real estate in Melbourne and other Australian coastal cities is up.

The link? Well-heeled Chinese home buyers are increasingly shopping abroad, pushing up prices in real estate markets around the world. Evidence of the trend:

One factor driving Chinese home buyers to think globally — strict government restrictions on how much they can spend overseas. Reuters reports that Chinese citizens are barred from spending more than the equivalent of $50,000 worth of foreign currencies in a single year, although there are ways around the cap. They’re also barred from owning more than two properties at home, forcing real estate investors to consider foreign markets.

San Marino: Recession-proof

 San Marino Home For Sale

Vancouver’s natural splendor, good schools and large Asian-speaking community are a particular draw for wealthy Chinese. That has helped make the city the hottest real estate market in Canada, even as home resales around the country remain generally flat. Prices for an ordinary two-story house in the city are up 10 percent this year, to $1.1 million.

In Southern California’s San Gabriel Valley, meanwhile, small, upwardly mobile San Marino is the only affluent community in the region where housing prices haven’t fallen. That owes partly to Chinese investors and home buyers, local real estate agents say:

“If you go to mainland China and someone asks, ‘Where do you live?,’ San Marino represents that you are wealthy,” said YanYan Zhang, a real estate agent whose clients include overseas buyers looking for homes here.

The surge in Chinese customers hasn’t been lost on realtors. For instance, Los Angeles-based CB Richard Ellis (CBG) offers services specifically geared to helping Asian buyers shop for homes abroad. Agents in China are also setting up tours of foreign cities for Chinese investors keen to scout overseas real estate.

Take note, Federal Reserve

China’s global real estate binge obviously makes for a stark contrast to the plunging prices and tide of foreclosure sales here in the U.S. And some observers will interpret it as yet one more indication that China is set to surpass the U.S. as the world’s leading economic power, as the International Monetary Fund predicted this week.

But perhaps even more striking than this economic reversal of fortune is how much more aggressive Chinese financial authorities have been in trying to puncture their housing bubble than the Federal Reserve was in the years leading up to the financial crisis.

Beijing vs. the housing bubble

China has the benefit of witnessing the carnage in the U.S., of course. But there’s no questioning how aggressively Beijing has moved to rein in its galloping real estate market, where prices have risen upwards of 50 percent since 2009. Its central bank has raised interest rates four times since last fall, while in January the required down payment on second homes was increased to 60 percent. Some cities also are raising property taxes. Meanwhile, China is taking precautions for when the bubble pops, including repeatedly lifting banks’ reserve requirements in recent months.

Despite these measures, there’s no guarantee that China’s landing will be a soft one. Some market analysts foresee an increase in bad loans, and the credit rating agency Fitch puts the odds of a full-blown banking crisis in China at better than 50-50. The kind of political unrest sweeping the Middle East also could flare in the People’s Republic, where economic empowerment may eventually prove incompatible with dictatorship.

As a result, it’s uncertain how long the real estate booms in Vancouver, San Marino and other cities fueled by the influx of Chinese buyers will last. Inflation these days — and financial bubbles — travel as comfortably from East to West as in the other direction. As China will learn, home prices don’t always go up.

READ MORE:  San Marino City Guide

It's similar to the LA Times article we highlighted earlier in the year.  As I hold Open Houses in San Marino and market my home listings, there are many Chinese buyers going through homes that are here for just a few weeks with the intent of finding a property to purchase.  Most home purchases are cash or with heavy down payments.

As Alain points out, San Marino is considered a very prestigious location for many Chinese nationals to own a home in.  Many have summer homes in San Marino that they use for a few months of the year.

Also, San Marino is driven by the fantastic public school district which is rated as #1 in California, year after year, based on the academic API scores.

Interested in seeing San Marino real estate homes for sale?  


Irina is a Top Realtor and the founder and President of Pasadena Views Real Estate Team™. She is available to assist you in all of your Real Estate transactions. Email or call her today at (626)629-8439.

Are you relocating to Pasadena?  If so, take a look at our 365 Things To Do In Pasadena® .  Call us at 626-629-8439 to schedule a time for your free home buyer or home seller consultation!

Read More:  Most expensive homes in Pasadena

Interested in more information about Pasadena and surrounding cities, check out our City Guides below:

Alhambra City Guide

Altadena City Guide

Arcadia City Guide

Monterey Hills City Guide

Pasadena City Guide

San Gabriel City Guide

San Marino City Guide

Sierra Madre City Guide

South Pasadena City Guide
And, if you are interested in fun activities to do in Pasadena, take a look at our 365 Things To Do In Pasadena® page.

Thinking of selling your San Marino home? Interested in finding out the current market value of your single family home, condo or investment property? Then call Irina Netchaev at (626) 629-8439 to discuss what is happening in today’s San Marino Real Estate Market.

April 18, 2011

Invasion of Privacy or Not

I just got back home after holding an open house today.  When real estate agents hold open houses, it is customary to have a registry sheet or as I do, register folks via my iPad.  This is done for several reasons:

1.  Safety Concerns for the real estate agent.

2.  Security reasons especially when the home for sale is currently occupied.

3.  Marketing purposes - understand where home buyers are finding information for the open house, i.e. internet, paper advertising, flyers, open house invitations, etc.

I usually ask for the name and email or phone number.  However, if someone is not comfortable with leaving their telephone number or email, I do not insist.  I usually follow up with potential buyers if they ask for additional information or to get feedback and their opinion and I will never follow up with anyone if they request not to be contacted.

From a common sense perspective - why would I?  There are a lot of home buyers shopping in and around Pasadena and only one of me.  I am good at what I do and get a lot of  referrals from past clients as well as internet inquiries.  If I feel that a home buyer is not comfortable with me contacting them, I never would.  Who likes rejection or being a pest?

Why am I writing about this?  Well... I had to ask a family to leave my open house today because they refused to register.  They drove up as I was closing up at exactly 4 pm.  I invited them into the house, gave them a brochure, answered a few questions and asked to register them.  As the wife started giving me her name, the husband said "no... we will not register."  I explained that I was fine with just getting one of their names, email or phone # not required, and that it was for security reasons and that if they did not want to, I would not contact them.  He adamantly said NO again.

I politely asked them to leave.  As they were leaving, the husband said that this has never happened to them before.

So my question is... Is it an invasion of privacy to ask someone who walks into a home during an Open House at a minimum to provide their name?  Why would someone have an issue with that especially after explaining the reasoning for it.

With the recent news of violence against real estate agents, are minimum safety precautions that difficult to swallow for some people?

National Association of Realtors has these safety tips for real estate agents (my realtor friends - please review!) holding Open Houses:

S A F E T Y  AT  O P E N  H O U S E S

An open house can be a great sales tool, but it also exposes you to numerous unfamiliar people for the first time. Stay safe by practicing these guidelines.
• If possible, always try to have at least one other person working with you at the open house.
• Call the local police department and ask them to have a squad care drive by during your open-house hours.
• Check your cell phone’s strength and signal prior to the open house. Have emergency numbers programmed on speed dial. Carry an extra, fully charged cell phone battery (if possible).
• Upon entering a house for the first time, check all rooms and determine several “escape” routes. Make sure all deadbolt locks are unlocked to facilitate a faster escape.
• Make sure that if you were to escape by the back door, you could escape from the backyard. Frequently, high fences surround yards that contain swimming pools or hot tubs.
• Place one of your business cards, with the date and time written on the back, in a kitchen cabinet. Note on it if you were the first to arrive or if clients were waiting.
• Have all open house visitors sign in. Ask for full name, address, phone number and e-mail.
• When showing the house, always walk behind the prospect. Direct them; don’t lead them. Say, for example, “The kitchen is on your left,” and
gesture for them to go ahead of you.
• Avoid attics, basements, and getting trapped in small rooms.
• Notify someone in your office, your answering service, a friend or a relative that you will be calling in every hour on the hour. And if you don’t call, they are to call you.
• Inform a neighbor that you will be showing the house and ask if he or she would keep an eye and ear open for anything out of the ordinary.
• Don’t assume that everyone has left the premises at the end of an open house. Check all of the rooms and the backyard prior to locking the doors.
• Be prepared to defend yourself, if necessary.

What are your thoughts on the subject?  Would love to hear from you!