Looky-loos Stealing Prescription Drugs In Homes? Time to Batten Down the Vicodin!

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WFAA-TV reports something that veteran Realtors have long known: sometimes potential buyers have sticky fingers and stick their hands not just into jewelry drawers but the medicine cabinet. In this case, veteran Virginia Cook agent Kyle Rovinsky, a good friend of CandysDirt, said a client distracted him while her boyfriend ransacked the medicine cabinet to fish for prescription drugs. In this case, he stole a full bottle (30 pills) of prescription Vicodin. This happened at a high-end home in Frisco.

This is yet another reason why FSBO’s are getting harder to pull off, and why agents tell homeowners to clear everything out of the house prior to showings: jewelry, knicknacks, and even your medicine! Just take a zip-lock to the medicine cabinet, throw everything in there,  and take it with you wherever you are hiding out the open house.

It’s also another reason why some agents representing the very high end market are pre-screening lookers and buyers — asking not just for a Texas drivers licenses, but their financial statements!

Have you ever had personal items stolen from an open house?

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Candy Evans

A real estate muckraker, Candy Evans is one of the nation’s leading real estate reporters. She is also the North Texas real estate editor for Forbes.com, CultureMap Dallas, Modern Luxury Dallas, & the Katy Trail Weekly. Candy has written for Joel Kotkin’s The New Geography, Inman Real Estate News, plus a host of national sites. Constantly breaking celebrity real estate news, she scooped former president George W. Bush's Dallas home in 2008. She is the founder and publisher of her signature CandysDirt.com, and SecondShelters.com, devoted to the vacation home market. Her verticals have won many awards, including Best Blog by the venerable National Association of Real Estate Editors, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious journalism associations. Candy holds an active Texas real estate license but does not sell. She is on the Board of Directors of Braemar Hotels & Resorts (BHR).

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  1. me t00 says

    we always advised clients to have one closet that can lock. Put all valuables in that closet during open house or showings. D0n't give anyone the key, not even the Realtor.
    I have a locked closet in my 0wn house.

    • Susan Melnick says

      I had a couple of fossils on stands stolen from a house in McKinney during a regular showing! I always advise clients to get lock up "valuables" . Who knew someone would want fossils.

  2. me t00 says

    we always advised clients to have one closet that can lock. Put all valuables in that closet during open house or showings. D0n't give anyone the key, not even the Realtor.
    I have a locked closet in my 0wn house.

    • Susan Melnick says

      I had a couple of fossils on stands stolen from a house in McKinney during a regular showing! I always advise clients to get lock up "valuables" . Who knew someone would want fossils.

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