Remind your Clients on Safety

Real Estate Agent with CORE Performance Realty, Phoenix, AZ Real Estate

Here is an article that was sent to all agents on our MLS service, it was also sent by our local board.


"The police are looking for suspects in a West side robbery/assault.   ARMLS has been asked to alert all agents to an assault and robbery that occurred at a listing near Old Town Glendale (vicinity of 43rd Ave. and Glendale Ave.) earlier this week.   The homeowner was watering his front lawn when he was approached by a passing couple who asked if they could see the house.  The homeowner did what agents teach homeowners to do and referred the inquiry to the listing agent.  The couple stayed and continued to talk to the homeowner and after some casual conversation the owner changed his mind and allowed the seemingly nice couple into the house.   Once inside, they asked about the neighborhood, then the female pointed to something on the floor and asked what it was.  When the homeowner bent over to inspect, the male visitor attacked him from behind and beat him severely. They robbed him of money and damaged his cell phone so he could not call police.   The assailants are described as white, late 30's to early 40's in age.  The man is 5'8" to 5'9" and the woman slightly smaller, both medium build.  The homeowner has been unable to provide more details.  They are driving a late model brown/dark gold 4-door Buick with a distinctive radio antenna -  it's a coat hanger.  If you see such a couple in this car, you are urged to contact the local police department with a location and if possible a license plate number.    ARMLS urges you to reconfirm with your sellers that access to the home should never be allowed to someone the owner does not know.  All inquiries should be referred to the listing agent, for the homeowner's own protection.   Thank you."  As sent by ARMLS and WeMAR

So pass this information along to your clients, times are tough and people will go to the extreme.

Comments (4)

Susan Brown
Keller Williams NE, Kingwood Texas (Humble & Atascocita too) - Kingwood, TX

What a terrifying story.  And I can see how easily it could happen.  It makes me think about FSBO's.  Those home owners are qualifying people at their doorstep.  Another possible recipe for disaster.  Thanks for the heads-up.

Aug 31, 2009 04:02 AM
Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Gibson Management Group, Ltd. - Charlottesville, VA

Thank you for your post and the REMINDER that dealing with the public can be dangerous

Aug 31, 2009 04:22 AM
Clifford Niethe
CORE Performance Realty, Phoenix, AZ Real Estate - Desert Hills, AZ
Phoenix, AZ Realtor

It is a good reminder to sellers, always keep with your first thought, regardless how nice someone may be, let their Realtor handle all showings, only a serious buyer will come back with an appointment.

Aug 31, 2009 10:44 AM
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