Actually, this is a cute story, and no, my IPAD was not stolen.
I’ve a short sale in Sacramento listed and under contract. That took a quick 7 days with multiple offers–don’t forget, there are lots of home buyers right now! About a week after the home went into contract, Mrs. Seller texts me that her IPAD was lifted. She was thinking possibly by one of the buyers who had toured the property in the previous week. I felt horrible as you can imagine!
Mrs. Seller dutifully left her residence so prospective buyers could tour without being self conscious about the homeowner being there. A great idea so real estate buyers can openly discuss the home, condition, price, etc. with their agent. Maybe not so great for security though.
We talked about what day was the last day she used the IPAD or had seen it. I took a reading on the lockbox on the property. This is a nice little security measure, as the lockbox will record what agent has been in the home. I was just getting ready to call the agents who had showed the property……when I get a text from Mrs. Seller–
“Never mind, my husband is a dingus. He put the IPAD in a little used drawer for safety. He finally remembered to tell me where it was”.
Too funny. Or maybe not funny at all! Can you imagine the frustration and anxiety!? Turns out, that she was looking all over the house for days, while he was there too, and he simply forgot he had stashed it.
In the end, the homeowner’s insurance might have taken care of the replacement cost. It’s always a good idea to let your homeowner’s insurance company know that you have your home for sale, listed on the market. And find out if there is any extra policy coverage you need. For a few extra dollars a month, it may avert some tragedy.
That, or shake down your significant other!!