The recent death of Beverly Carter has again shed light on Realtor safety. Ms. Carter wasn’t the first Realtor to be killed while doing her job. As many as 50 agents have been lured to vacant houses, distant locations and been assaulted and or killed. When any Realtor asks a potential client to meet them at their office or public space there is a reason. When we ask you for your pre-qualification letter, drivers license or take a picture of your car and license plate there is a reason.
Most humans don’t consider themselves a “stranger” or a “threat” And none of us come with warning signs or name tags saying we’re “kind” “humble” or a “terror” but wouldn’t it be nice it that were to happen? It would make life easier, but then again name tags can lie.
There is a movement among Realtors asking our local boards, State boards and the National Association of Realtors (NAR) to require safety classes. We are currently required to take Fair Housing and Ethic classes every few years. If agents and the public are better educated we maybe better prepared for what may happen.
In the recent past I’ve scarred up bears, slid of the road, found more than one squatter or have been just generally nervous about a client. I do take precautions, you are part of my preparation plan. But all of my precautions can only go so far.
Thank you! Yes, I mean you. To those of you who check in with me, have come to my rescue when I needed help, follow me on-line, check my desk for information such as a map of where I’m with a client, accept my text message with a picture of a license plate and car. Or even accept my call instead of sending me to voice mail. And you can continue to help by doing all the things mentioned here. But also help your friends and neighbors understand why Realtors do the things we do. Yes, were happy for your referrals! But your referrals need to understand we’re not being demanding without a reason. We, Realtors are afraid for our lives.
Abetter Realty & Investment