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Padlock worries

By Nambucco Deliria 9 December 2008 29

I’ve just noticed an official-looking black padlock which has mysteriously appeared on the tap at the front of my house to which is affixed a garden hose.

What does it mean?

Have I been dobbed in by my neighbours for excessive water usage after switching it on twice in the last six weeks?

It isn’t actually stopping me from using said hose either, which to my mind deepens the riddle…

Any ideas anyone ?

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tylersmayhem 4:48 pm 10 Dec 08

What they all seem to forget when they’re going around treating renters like dirt is that today’s renters are tomorrow’s buyers.

I’m currently in the market to buy, and there’s a few real estate agents I won’t be doing business with because of the way they treated me when I was renting.

I’ve had exactly the same situation in the past Caf. Such short sighted bastards. In reality though, if you find a house you love, you do what you can to buy it. We ended up buying our place from the exact mongrel mob who treated us like s**t when we were renting years ago.

That said, when the time comes to sell, which is the time for their big commissions – it’ll be a different story.

CoffinRX2 1:08 pm 10 Dec 08

Ahh I love the Real Estate agent bashing on RA. F*** [ED – next time I’ll just delete your whole post instead of cleaning it up] wont some ofyou guys grow up!

The Supra-C (black boxes) are genereally not combination boxes, but use a circular proprietary key system, and are virtually indestructable. The Owner of the house would have given permission to the agency to place one of the lockboxes, with keys onto the property.

And why make things difficult for the agent by restricting access? … the freer access, the faster it will sell and be out of your hair.

fnaah 1:05 pm 10 Dec 08

Amen +3. I won’t be buying from Bertram Ellis or LJH Tuggers due to their poor efforts as property managers.

Mr Evil 12:44 pm 10 Dec 08

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

those key boxes are indestructible

And, the SS Titanic was unsinkable………

Gungahlin Al 12:13 pm 10 Dec 08

I’m currently in the market to buy, and there’s a few real estate agents I won’t be doing business with because of the way they treated me when I was renting.

Add my Amen to that. And add Maloneys to the list of “don’t go near”. In my personal opinion.

I have spoken before on RA about the merketing concept of Marginal Net Worth, and it continues to amaze me how few real estate agents fail to recognise their rent roll as a “future buyer” prospect list.

Cameron 10:59 am 10 Dec 08

Well, in a market where there are plenty of tenants available to fill houses, the real estate agents think of the owners as the clients and the renters as a necessary inconvenience.

Actually, the owners *are* the clients. They’re paying the agent to manage their property. Part of that includes filling it with tenants and making sure the tenants are happy. The owner pays the R/E to do that – the renter does not.

Last property inspection at my place (I am renting), the estate agent rated the kitchen as below standard. It had one breakfast worth of dirty dishes!

I laugh at any agent that tries to rate ‘mess’ on their inspection report. They are there to report on the condition and maintenance of the *property*. If they have a problem with a dirty plate on the kitchen bench they can piss off.

I’m currently in the market to buy, and there’s a few real estate agents I won’t be doing business with because of the way they treated me when I was renting.

Amen. I’ve rented several properties, but only even from two agents. The first – John Roden Chisholm (or canhomes or whatever they call themselves now) treated me like dirt. To be fair, it was one particular property manager. She was a joke – to the extent where the other property managers apologised to me for her behaviour (yet commented they could do nothing about it).

Current agent Lanyon Real Estate look after things pretty well and strike a nice balance between owner and renter needs.

caf 10:31 am 10 Dec 08

What they all seem to forget when they’re going around treating renters like dirt is that today’s renters are tomorrow’s buyers.

I’m currently in the market to buy, and there’s a few real estate agents I won’t be doing business with because of the way they treated me when I was renting.

p1 10:28 am 10 Dec 08

So we turned off the water, unscrewed the tap, took the lockbox off, screwed the tap back on and turned the water on again.

This is exactly the approach I was considering. Although by the time you did this it might have been easier to just break in…

Really, the worry I have is that anyone who works for the company has access (possibly anyone who recently worked for the company, how often do the combos get changed)?

You can hardly expect a real estate agent to act in the best interest of their clients!

Well, in a market where there are plenty of tenants available to fill houses, the real estate agents think of the owners as the clients and the renters as a necessary inconvenience. Last property inspection at my place (I am renting), the estate agent rated the kitchen as below standard. It had one breakfast worth of dirty dishes!

Holden Caulfield 10:07 am 10 Dec 08

Yeah, but what thief is going to go to all that trouble for the few benefits of easy access into a fully furnished house?

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