SOUTH SACRAMENTO (CBS13)-Once you place the “for sale” sign in the front yard, you may have just issued an invitation letter for the house and the thief. Local real estate agents are tired of criminal activities against their property, and they have adopted the old strategy again-they are hiring a babysitter.
Samantha Tov saw the despair and ugliness of the real estate industry. The listing agent of Portfolio Real Estate has seen an increase in the number of people breaking into her home for sale.
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Tov told CBS1
Tov chases the house in frustration and submits a report of burglary to the police. She is now hiring people to live in vacant houses in the market. The house sitter prevents people from breaking in.
Tove said: “The house sitter is usually a single person. In fact, there is no house. They live in backpacks and have temporary hammocks.”
Real estate agent Jonathan Lee said it keeps him busy.
“For buyers, it’s very difficult, right? They saw the house and wanted to make sure that the surrounding environment is good and the house is in good condition. If they see these things, they will feel scared.
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In a popular market that is already showing back-to-back, he is now dealing with a break in between the two.
“We are frustrated that we do have to hire a babysitter. Therefore, this is a fairly long service because hosting usually takes 20 to 30 days,” Lee said.
All this comes at a price, from the expensive locks they interrupted (each lock costs $120) to all the damage, and the cost of hiring a babysitter now.
“We make sellers pay for this, not just the nanny. We provide them with food and water. In the morning, we deliver breakfast and lunch for them,” Tove said.
This may be a good show. The house sitter’s income is about $75 a day. They only need a backpack to move without paying rent.
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This is the last effort of real estate agents to stop crime.