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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Absolutely. Yes. Most are happy to do so. Only a few times a seller left and "forgot" to turn it off.  

May 20, 2016 09:55 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I would prefer if they keep them off.

May 20, 2016 09:54 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Absolutely , 40% can't figure it out !!!

May 20, 2016 09:53 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Most security systems here are Canine, we require them to be put in a kennel or removed during the showing.


May 20, 2016 09:54 PM
Allie Angeloni
Long Realty - Oro Valley, AZ

Yes, it's easier by far, then running for the alarm system to un-arm it.  And then remember to reset it properly upon leaving.  If the home is occupied, then the seller just uses it in the evening, and has it off during the day when they are gone.  Fortunately, the homes we have dealt with in our community, either do not have an alarm system, or do not use it Debbie Reynolds

May 20, 2016 10:00 AM
Toronto, ON

It is the seller's decision.

May 20, 2016 10:40 PM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

It depends - if the seller lives there I suggest they so during specific hours, if not I suggest they leave it on. I give out the code to the agent for showing then have the home owner change their code.

May 20, 2016 09:56 PM
Grace Hanamoto
Intero Real Estate - Sunnyvale, CA
Quality, Knowledge, Professionalism, Experience

I say leave it off.  I did actually show a home with a system and the listing agent gave everyone the turn on and turn off codes, and, well, stupid me, but if I didn't trip that baby and could not get it OFF after I had. 

The only thing I could tell the buyers (my clients), "well at least you know it's loud and effective." We all get a hearty laugh and I called the listing agent to let him know what I've done, but ever since I am reluctant to show homes where the alarm is NOT off.

Any impediment you put in the way of the buyer's freely and easly seeing a home, the less buyers will be interested in view and buying the home.

P. S.  If I trip the alarm at your listing, might I say in advance, I'm sorry!! LOL!!

May 20, 2016 10:34 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Leave it off and possibly have the agent turn it on when they leave

May 20, 2016 10:30 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Turn it off.  Cancel the service.  You want to sell your house, or not?

May 20, 2016 10:29 AM
Dan Tabit
Keller Williams Bellevue - Sammamish, WA

YES! There is nothing worse than not understanding an alarm system in time to turn it off and dealing with that awful alarm.  I've never sold a home where that happened.  I'd advise my clients to secure their valuables elsewhere or only set the alarm for times when the key box wasn't active. 

May 20, 2016 10:27 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Yes, as many times the agents mess up and set off the alarm.

May 24, 2016 01:55 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Only if they are close by and can re-activate it shortly after the showing.

May 22, 2016 04:56 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Debbie Reynolds - it is always a good idea to disarm the system for ease of showings.

May 21, 2016 04:33 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Absolutely off!!

May 21, 2016 11:48 AM
Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Company - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

Glad to see so many comments of "Leave it off." If there's something valuable enough to have a security system for, they should lock it up before it's listed anyway. 

May 21, 2016 06:59 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Definitley suggest they leave it off.  If not, then they need to be able to either leave a code in the lockbox or be available to deactivate it.

May 21, 2016 03:18 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Debbie Reynolds I would not.  In luxury markets, the listing agent shows up to open the home.  Security is really key for the majority of home owners in these price points.  A

May 21, 2016 12:20 AM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

In the end, it is up to the seller. It is easier if the system is off. It's nice when they can turn it on/off remotely. I also find out if they have video systems. I'm not a fan of sellers watching while their house is being shown. Nothing good comes of that.

May 21, 2016 12:09 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Yes! Alarms are a turn off for some agents!

May 20, 2016 11:49 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

What Marc Swartz, CPA, CA, Real Estate Broker said...

May 20, 2016 11:01 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

It is a tough choice when it come sto security. most often i would prefer my own code and a lesson how to use the system. Most new systems the seller can leave off and than put on when we leave whch may be the best for all. 

May 20, 2016 10:46 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD


May 20, 2016 10:14 PM
Susan Laxson CRS
Premiere Plus Realty - Naples, FL
Realtor in Naples & Marco Island, FL

Yes, at least during the day.

May 20, 2016 09:47 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

It is up to the seller.

May 20, 2016 08:58 PM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

We usually do, and if they feel uncomfortable, we suggest having a second code for other agents.

May 20, 2016 08:54 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

It depends.

On the home.

On the seller.

On the marketing strategy.  

May 20, 2016 06:16 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

I do advise the deactivate for showings.

May 20, 2016 02:08 PM
Teri Pacitto
Compass - Westlake Village, CA
Real Estate, Your Style...Your Home...My Specialty

I explain the pros and cons of having the system alarmed no let them make the call.  I don't want the responsibility of telling a seller they must disarm.

Typically the listings that I have with alarms are shown by appointment so it often doesn't make a difference.  I do agree alarm codes and getting info to agents to disarm is not the best practice and often they don't read the comments to even know there is one.  There's nothing worse than having the police show up with lights and sirens while trying to show a house. 

May 20, 2016 01:51 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I have not had this issue as a listing agent (hard to believe) but definitely prefer it be off. It's their choice but I would let them know the pros and cons

May 20, 2016 01:46 PM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

I would leave it entirely up to the Seller.  I wouldn't want any backlash.

May 20, 2016 01:42 PM
Kristen Correa, Broker
Kristen Correa Real Estate & Reedy Creek Realty Services - Keller, TX
I love coffee & real estate. I am out of coffee!

I do not. However, they generally come to that conclusion on their own. The last thing I would want on my conscience is a break in with security off at my professional recommendation. So I don't make that recommendation, but I do walk them through the steps so they understand what all to expect and generally speaking they don't alarm their alarm for showings.

May 20, 2016 01:32 PM
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

No, I recommend a separate alarm code for agents and the showing instructions include where the panel is located and how to disarm and arm the system when leaving.  Agents are use to them in our area and there is rarely a problem.

With newer systems sellers are aware when the system is being used and can verify and even re-arm remotely if an agent forgets.

May 20, 2016 12:58 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC


May 20, 2016 12:57 PM
Melissa Jackson REALTOR
Trinity Premier Properties - Azle, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

I would rather have the system off.

May 20, 2016 12:52 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

YES! Just had this in March, I insisted politely and they complied.

May 20, 2016 12:39 PM
Bob Forman
Lannon Stone Realty, LLC - Sussex, WI
Working 7 days a week for my clients & staff.

I loved your movies!

May 20, 2016 12:06 PM
Sharon Altier
Coldwell Banker Realty - Elmhurst, IL
Luxury Property Specialist, CSC, SFR

Absolutely! Not every system is the same and it is awful when they go off. The buyer's agent looks like an idiot if they try to open the property and it goes listing agent available by phone....been there..

May 20, 2016 11:58 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Yes...however, one thing (?) goes wrong and you buy the farm

May 20, 2016 11:46 AM
Coal Infantino
Coldwell Banker - York, PA
Realtor specializing in south central PA

I ask for them to turn it off during showings.  Last thing I need is to set the darn thing off!

May 20, 2016 11:45 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

I think so..... I am not that quick to get it disarmed.

May 20, 2016 11:40 AM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

I wish they would Debbie. I have a listing and they buyers moved already. They insist the ADT system stays on and it creates a issues.

May 20, 2016 11:29 AM
Robert May
Robert W May - Lethbridge Real Estate - Lethbridge, AB
Real estate consulting

I never want to be the one who suggests they have it off, but I do prefer when they make that choice on their own

May 20, 2016 11:11 AM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

PIA unless vacant property or absentee seller. Leave OFF.

May 20, 2016 10:57 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I do but what if the seller is totally uncomfortable leaving even for a few minutes and not setting the alarm? What would you say to change their minds?

May 20, 2016 10:03 AM