Real Estate Agent with ERA TEAM IV HOMES

Thursday, June 14th, 2007

Samuel D'Costa was killed while showinga Bowie home in Maryland. Samuel was 36 years old.

 Read the whole press release:GAZETTE.NET by Liza Gutierrea/staff writer: Maryland community newspapers.

A real Estate agent in a vacant house is VULNERABLE. Hosting OPEN houses alone is DANGEROUS. Woman take more precautions than men.

Call your board office and ask for a personal safety class.  We did have one a few years ago. We actually got continuing ed points, but the class was canceled. Something to do with the politics at the state level.

Discuss saftey issues at EVERY sales meeting. Have a speaker come in (State trooper). Request a personal safety course be offered at the conventions.

If you have doubts about a customer Or client do not take the risk. It is just not worth it.



Comments (7)

New Jersey Real Estate James Boyer Morris, Essex & Union County NJ Realtor
RE/MAX Properties Unlimited, Real Estate - Morristown, NJ

Wow, I can believe it.

The first year I was in Real Estate back in Wilmington, I took a listing for a investment property and wanting to make sure I knew as much as I could about it, I went by at about 2pm and walked all though the house and then arround the outside.  it was a twin home, meaning it shared one wall with the house next door, and in this case shared a driveway with the house next door on the other side. the house on the other side was not attached.  I walked down the driveway into the fenced in (8 foot Privacy fence) back yard, and looked around at the over grown (5 and 6 foot weeds all arround and noticed that nobody from the 3 sides of the back yard could see in, potential selling point.  I turn and start to head for the driveway, and noticed 3 guys coming down the driveway, one of them with his hands at his side, and a knife in his hands.  I was so scared, but someone at the street yelled at them, "Hey, What are you doing??" that was enough and they ran. 

Later one of the agents in my office who worked these kinds of listings all the time told me, the biggest mistake I made was going their after 12 noon.  Noon until about 7pm is when the crack heads in that area are trying to get money for that nights fix, and other things.  He said, If I have to go there, go in the morning.  I did that and never had any other issues, and I showed the house 4 or 5 times and then sold it to a investor.

Jul 01, 2007 02:44 AM
Janice Lipka
Good Morning James, You were very lucky!!!  Tough way to learn safety.
Jul 01, 2007 03:03 AM
John Walters
Frank Rubi Real Estate - Slidell, LA
Licensed in Louisiana
Thanks for the info.
Jul 01, 2007 03:10 AM
Janice Lipka
Good Morning John, I think we all take safety for granted. We think it can only happen to others.
Jul 01, 2007 03:16 AM
Dominick Gaccino
Dominick gaccino - Peekskill, NY

i agree safety is taken for granted


EVERYONE should look into a safety course

Jul 01, 2007 03:18 AM
Lysa Napolitano
Daytona Beach, FL
Janice, Thank you for bringing this to everyone's attention. James was very lucky! You all have to be carefull at all times!
Jul 01, 2007 03:52 AM
Brian DeYoung
also affiliated with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Heritage Realty - Ithaca, NY
The Realtor with personal investment background

And, it can happen to a man or a woman, and size doesnt matter.

If there are 3 guys and one or more is armed, you could be outta luck.

Thanks for the info.

Are you still blogging?

Oct 30, 2013 12:12 PM