Bridget's Blog


Protecting my sellers... is part of my job.

How do I know who is seeing my home for sale? 

How do I know if the people coming in to see my home for sale are really licensed agents?

How do I protect myself as a For Sale By Owner?

Lots of questions...Tammy does a great job of sharing things that she does to ensure her safety and to protect her clients and their property!  

There are so many things I never thought of.  The internet is a wonderful resource, having a great agent who is looking out for you, even more wonderful!

Kudos Tammy! 

Maryland Mortgage Mama 


Is your agent making sure that

When I recently read about a female duo pretending to be an agent and buyer, then robbing homes, I thought to myself .... am I doing enough to protect my clients.  I try really hard to blend getting my listings shown as much as possible while keeping my first promise to protect my seller clients.

If someone outside my MLS calls to see one of our listings there are a few things I do before I hand over a key or a code:

  • Ask for their license number and look them up in GREC
  • Google them to find web presence and photo (you know one that matches the person)
  • Call their office to verify their cell number
  • Asking to see their drivers license

In doing so I have only found just one time that the person who was calling to "show" the home actually had an expired license.  When I challenged his license status he informed me that his father was the broker and would be writing the contract.  I informed him that is father would have to come and pick up the key.  Eventually that happened and expired license man purchased that home. One other time I had an agent send a buyer to pick up the key after making arrangements via phone to pick it up herself.  And sadly my listing didn't get shown that day.  And the "buyer's agent" never called me back after I left her a message that I was not about to turn over the key to her buyer.  The buyer actually walked in with the business card of the agent and said she was the agent.  As I had seen the agent's photo on line I knew this was NOT the agent.  She "couldn't recall" the license number and refused to show me her photo ID.  So now showing that day. 

I will go well out of my way to make sure an agent licensed in the state of Georgia can show any of my listings.  But I will not allow buyers access to the home without an agent.  Not even a vacant home.  We make copies of keys to our listings so agents outside of our MLS can show the listing, but we do verify.

I am sure that some well seasoned criminals could get past all my fail safes by having a fake website, with a fake brokerage phone number on it if they were using the license number of someone with no website at a firm with no website... if that still exists.  But I truly try to be diligent in protecting my sellers property. We don't want to miss real opportunities for our seller's homes to be shown.  But we certainly don't want to be responsible to handing over a key to a criminal.


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Bridget McGee  Maryland Mortgage Mama  NMLS# 196068  SWBC Mortgage.   410-960-2061 EHO or


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Comment balloon 5 commentsBridget "Mortgage Mama" McGee • September 02 2013 01:07PM


Thanks Bridget.  It all started when I used to give codes over the phone and I asked an agent for their license number a few years ago.  She said she'd have to "call me back".  Ummm, sorry, but I don't know any agents who don't know their number.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) about 7 years ago

I've recently had calls from agents who are "in the process of activating their license" who want to come to my office and get a key to a vacant property....not so fast!  Have your rental prospects call me and I'll show them the listing....HUH?

Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) about 7 years ago

Bridget, This is a good reblog. We always have to be aware to keep our clients and their homes safe.

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 7 years ago

I had this very conversation with a FSBO yesterday when she said she is flowing 20 to 30 lookers thru her very beautiful home daily for over a week, with no offers.

I said how do you know they not just casing your home since they are not serious about buying it. 

Posted by Florida Tolbert Team Keller Williams Advantage, Keller Williams Land Luxury Division Specialist (Keller Williams Advantage III Realty in Lake Nona) about 7 years ago

You also need to be careful and protect yourself (safety) and your seller client (property and content) at Open House.

Posted by Bahman Davani, CM at Texas Five Star Realty, Plano, TX (214) 457-7055, Homes for Sale in Plano, Frisco, Prosper, Allen TX (Texas Five Star Realty, Plano Texas) about 7 years ago