REALTOR® Safety - The Beverly Carter Story

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Education & Training with Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus

"Your safety in real estate is non-negotiable" was the title of a session we did yesterday with Carl Carter, son of Beverly Carter who was abducted and murdered during what seemed like a routine interaction with a potential all cash buyer. 


Carl's live-stream feed from the cloud to the industry yesterday was more than just a very powerful, moving presentation and very touching story, it was a REALTOR® safety testimony that only someone with his background and experience could deliver.

His life, story and presentation are an impactful combination of harrowing details involving his mother's story while providing practical industry anecdotes and takeaways for active agents worldwide. Let's face it, we are surrounded by good people as much as we are some very bad people. 

Angela Sams, an agent in Edgewater, Maryland once beat a man with a broom stick and chased him all the way to the end of the street. She broke the broom and had to buy the client a new one.

Here's a recording of the session if you're interested. If nothing else, I hope this creates a greater awareness that having a plan, a strategy, an accountability group or anything that can keep us safer is critical. Safety is the last thing many agents think about when they go out to help a client.


Carl Carter's mission and passion are to take his mother's experience and use it as an inspiration to help make positive changes in agents' business safety and to help save lives. Here's where you can make a significant difference in the world by sharing this information with others you care about and love.

Some of the takeaways included the lessons learned from Beverly Carter's Story.  The power of discovering efficient processes and finding safer practices. Examining our personal marketing for mixed messages. Establishing better and more efficient safety partnerships & accountability.

The National Associations of REALTORS® honored Beverly Carter in this article, 'Beverly Carter, You Left a Legacy' read more...  Inman News also shared a resourceful article about agents using apps and wearable tech to stay safe. read more...

One useful resource to check out is CrimeReports.com. Search maps or by reports. Just knowing your market and what homes are for sale isn't enough anymore. There are a plethora of apps, tools and methods available which can keep us all be safer, I'd even suggest taking a self-defense course.

 


NAR published 56 Safety Tips for REALTORS
which has some awesome tips, definitely worth a view.  

Please share this with every active agent you know, both men and women because no one is exempt and your safety and health are truly Non-Negotiable.

 

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Nina Hollander
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A very nice post on a very sad topic. We as an industry have been way too trusting and too often have overlooked safety concerns. This is a great wake-up call.

Jan 16, 2017 04:56 AM #33
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I can see why Kathy chose to highlight your post this week...great job!

Jan 16, 2017 07:07 AM #34
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Sussie Sutton
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Hers was such a sad story and we do need to be mindful everyday to be careful first!

Jan 16, 2017 07:42 AM #35
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Carol Williams
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This safety issue can never be stressed enough!  Thanks so much for this link, Brad.  

Jan 16, 2017 11:48 AM #36
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Jani Bielenberg

It is such a horrible event. That we can't trust anymore is sad. I will not meet new clients at a showing. I always take my Husband. I also do not hold open houses by myself anymore.

Jan 16, 2017 12:09 PM #37
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Important info for every agent to know & keep in mind, thanks for sharing.

Jan 16, 2017 01:21 PM #38
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Glad to see this post getting the attention that it is. Your safety deserves your priority so thank you ActiveRain for featuring this and helping to get the word out there! :)

Jan 16, 2017 02:31 PM #39
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Beverly will live on in the valuable lesson that came out of this horrific experience.  I will never forget.  I will honor her and her family by learning from this and being more cautious and less trusting.  Because this should not have happened to this lovely strong woman.  We have to change.

Jan 16, 2017 03:38 PM #40
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Dörte Engel
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Dear Brad,

Yes. Good to be vigilant. A new broom is a cheap price for your life. Hopefully, it was a lesson for the perpetrator too. 

Jan 16, 2017 06:04 PM #41
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Cheryl Dukes . . . . . Intown Atlanta
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Good points to remember, since most of our business is done solo. Good to carry something that will make a loud noise that can be set off if we smell trouble. It might startle the perpetrator and provide an opportunity to get the heck out of Dodge.

Jan 17, 2017 06:32 AM #42
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Hi Brad, this post and topic is essential to go over, even if it is a refresher.  We do our best to initially meet clients in a safe place; and back that up with 2nd Amendment Apps.  An "electronic" app I often take is a Guard Dog Flashlight that has a powerful flashlight beam that can easily be switched to a 4 million volt Bug Zapper.  John and Kat

Jan 18, 2017 06:48 PM #43
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Hi John & Kat - got to get me one of those... as long as it's "Andersohn" proof and I don't blind the dog and shock myself!?!?  DOH~ 

Jan 19, 2017 12:36 PM #44
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Lauren Williams
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I am sorry for Mr. Carter's loss, and for the loss to your industry of a colleague. This is a critical message for anyone who may go alone into an unknown space - realtors, inspectors, cleaning people, repairpeople, my colleagues and I. She had such a beautiful smile.

Jan 23, 2017 06:27 PM #45
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Hi Lauren Williams, thank you for reading and taking the time to comment. You're absolutely right in that this safety awareness applies to any industry professional that has to go into unknown spaces with unknown people!! 

Jan 24, 2017 05:40 AM #46
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Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor,CRS,e-Pro
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Yet agents argue with me when I say I won't go run out and show property. I'll schedule it with pre-approved buyers or documented POF cash buyers. No paperwork, no showings. Tell your office where you'll be when you go show alone. Get ID's before you show.  Many agents put their photo on their cards and marketing and it's like a criminals fantasy. Pick your victim and get them to a vacant home conveniently for your crime. And the gung ho go and then we remember them. I lost an associate to a violent crime showing in 1999, so I'm extremely intense about this topic. That and I'm the son and brother of cops.

Jan 24, 2017 10:34 PM #47
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Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, CRS - being that your the son and brother to cops, I'm grateful to you and your family for helping spread the "REALTOR SAFETY" message and also for sharing your tips and suggestions. Thank you. :)

Jan 25, 2017 07:12 AM #48
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Hi Brad!  Well, this one hits home, for sure. I like the idea of an exit strategy when approached...and love the story about the agent chasing the perp down the street, breaking a broom beating him!  I don't know how fast many of us 'old' folks can run these days but, we really do need to have a strategy - and practice that. 

Welcome back!  SO happy to see you here - you just have no idea!

Feb 06, 2017 10:14 PM #49
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Brad I hear they never filled your old job here:))Endre

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Debe Maxwell - soon we'll have so many agents across the country that are ready, armed and prepared for these morons that they'll have to actually avoid the swarm of agents when these circumstances arise. We must BAND together, stick together, and come together when in need. We can build a resistance that protects and keeps all our agents in America safe and secure. 



It's great to be back and Active in the rain, looking forward to a great year. Lets catch up soon, it's been way toooooo long.  :-)

 

 

Feb 07, 2017 06:15 AM #51
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Endre Barath, Jr. - That could be a good thing... or a bad thing depending on how you look at it? lol~ I think everyone in the community picked up the pieces and carried the baton toward the finish line when I left. What a great community!

I love to work and play in the rain. :)  Be safe out there my friend.

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