Saturday, January 24, 2009

Non-Vacant Vacant Homes

Some real estate pros encourage sellers of vacant properties to move house sitters in to ensure security and keep the home ready for showings. In Spokane, Wash., Diana and Kevin Uphus of Select Real Estate launched Diana's Home Sitting Services in 2000 to locate house sitters for clients. House sitters pay $400 per month to live in the home, and they also cover the utility bills.

When choosing a house sitter, the Uphuses perform background checks on candidates - whom must be able to leave at a moment's notice for showings, carry $100,000 in personal liability coverage, perform simple maintenance and keep the home clean. They also ensure the sitter's furniture is in good shape and complements the home's decor.

Source:Realtor (01/09) Vol. 42, No. 1, P. 18; Tracey, Melissa Dittmann© Copyright 2009 INFORMATION, INC. Bethesda, MD (301) 215-4688

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