In my world this means
Caution~Property Winterized=Come Steal My Copper
This is a common piece of paper taped to the front doors of vacant properties that have been winterized by the property preservation companies usually hired by the bank that has either foreclosed on the property, or is in the process of foreclosing. The bank has a vesting interest therefore they try to protect the property.
However, my question?,”WHY DOES IT HAVE TO BE THE FRONT DOOR VISIBLE BY THE STREET?”
What I have found is this is an open invitation to a less than desirable type of person notifying them that this property is vacant and COME STEAL MY COPPER!!! Recently I had the bank winterize 2 of my properties listed for sale(without letting the homeowner or myself know) and within 2 weeks of winterizing, the properties have been vandalized and the copper was stolen. In 1 case the theif was caught, and will be prosecuted, but the other case the cops didn’t even seem interested.
This notice also lets the undesirable person know that most likely the agent showing that property will be alone in a house, therefore making them more vulnerable.
I have also found more buyers feel it’s okay to look in windows, walk onto the property without permission, and try to open doors.
Why can’t these notices be posted inside the properties?
Pam Crawford, ABR,e-PRO®,CRS,CDPE,LMC
Owner, REALTOR®, Managing Partner, MBA, BSBA
RE/MAX Professional Associates
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