Sellers: Protect yourself and your home

Never allow random house-hunters into your home unescorted. A serious buyer will be working with a real estate professional or should be willing to contact your agent to schedule an appointment. Also, always lock your valuables away before an open house - the agent onsite will be monitoring traffic, but it's impossible to be everywhere at all times. Remember, criminals are constantly thinking about new schemes to find their victims.  Rental and Craigslist scams are two of the more recent ways of getting into your home.  Be educated and be safe!