Agent Safety In The Wake Of The Death Of Realtor Beverly Carter

Agent Safety In The Wake Of The Death Of Realtor Beverly Carter

In the wake of the murder of real estate agent Beverly Carter, the real estate community has had to take a good long look at realtor safety.  Often, agents show properties at night, by themselves, or to clients they’ve never met before.  Sometimes the properties are rural and there is no one nearby if something happens.  As a consumer there are some things you can do to help.  

Sometimes, and I’ve definitely experienced this, when you ask a client for a pre-qualification letter, people get offended (like you don’t believe them) and don’t want to provide that information.  This is not only for the agent’s safety (we want to make sure you’re a serious buyer…and not a predator) but also for the seller’s peace of mind.  If you had your home listed for sale, would you want buyers touring your home who can’t purchase?  It’s more than just Realtor safety as well, some people like to tour occupied homes and steal prescription drugs, or valuables.  It’s the Realtor’s responsibility to make sure that they are taking actual, qualified potential purchasers through other people’s homes.
 

Another thing agent’s may ask for, that buyer’s sometimes don’t like…is to meet at the office first.  I’ve heard it time and time again that the client “just wants to meet at the property”.  This isn’t safe for any agent.  It isn’t that we think you’re a potential criminal…it’s just basic safety. 
 

If an agent is meeting you for the first time, they may want to take their own car and not carpool.  This isn’t just a safety issue it may also be an insurance issue.  So if your agent asks you to follow them, keep in mind that it isn’t you, it’s for their safety and sometimes for insurance purposes. 
 

It’s unfortunate that we live in a world where these things happen, but as a client you can help keep our agents safe by understanding common safety practices and not pushing to “just meet at the house” or refusing to provide qualification information.  If we all work together we can make the process much safer for everyone involved.  After all, I wouldn’t want (as a client) to meet an agent I’d never met before…up in the mountains, at 7:00pm at night…
 

Common sense goes both ways and will keep us all a little safer.  


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Dated: October 6th 2014
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About Sarah: Sarah was a licensed real estate agent for 10 years before transitioning into the mortgage industry ...

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