Property Grunt

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Taking it a step further in prequalifcation

The was in a recent entry in the Inman blog by Jessica Swesey regarding convicted murderer's

The Modesto, Calif., home where Scott Peterson may or may not have killed his pregnant wife Laci is now for sale for $379,996. Police found no evidence that the murder actually took place in the home, but prosecutors in the murder trial often alleged the murder took place there. According to a local news report, the Realtor listing the home has implemented a strict screening process to keep people obsessed with the high-profile murder trial from touring the three-bedroom home out of sheer curiosity. Prospective buyers must first fill out a lengthy preapproval form and have an interview with the agent, Mary Prieto of Prudential California Realty, Prieto told the Modesto Bee. Peterson lost rights to the home when he was convicted.
--Jessica Swesey, Inman News

The reason why this entry caught my attention was not due to the morbid details it presents but the preofessional manner the broker is presenting the property. In a perfect world, the use of requiring a preapproval process and interview should be standard operational procedure for all brokers. It would cut away the flotsam that flock to open houses and waste brokers time. It would also quickly educate them.

Unfortunately the only people that require these services are infamous convicted murderers.