Agent Murdered while showing up scale home

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I was so saddened when i read that a young Real Estate agent was murdered when showing a vacant up-scale home in Canada!  A year ago, an agent was raped in our town, in a vacant home,but she survived it.  It just shows us that we need to be extremely cautious when showing vacant homes, especially since their are so many foreclosesures, many of the homes I show are vacant.  This doesn't mean that it happens only in "bad" neighborhoods.  I always let a close friend or my family know where I am going and what time my appointment is when showing vacant homes.  I have actually brought my husband with me before if I have never met the person before and are meeting them for the first time at the property, but is it enough?  It is very scary to think about how horrible an out come could be when we are just doing our job.
Jeff Kessler
Austin Homes, Realtors - Austin, TX

That is a really sad story, but a reminder to trust your instinct and be safe.  Thanks for the reminder.


Feb 09, 2008 05:43 AM
Andres Munar
Keystone Alliance Mortgage - State College, PA
Experience The Difference
thats horrible but its reality.....i'm glad i try and go with my agent when he is showing our clients homes
Feb 09, 2008 05:44 AM
Rosario Lewis
DDR Realty - Newburgh, NY
GRI, SRES - DDR Realty - Orange County, NY
Very sad and scary. I always first meet new clients at our office. I never show properties to someone I have not previously met.I hope that practice helps to keep me safe.
Feb 09, 2008 05:53 AM
Larry Bettag
Cherry Creek Mortgage Illinois Residential Mortgage License LMB #0005759 Cherry Creek Mortgage NMLS #: 3001 - Saint Charles, IL
Vice-President of National Production
THat's appalling.  YOu can't live in fear, but you need to work with caution.
Feb 09, 2008 06:00 AM
Kim Peasley-Parker
AgentOwned Realty, Heritage Group, Inc. - Sumter, SC
It is scary what can happen.  I have my husband and a couple of other friends asking me to PLEASE get a concealed weapons permit because of my occupation.  We must always be aware of who is with us and where we are at.
Feb 09, 2008 06:04 AM
Janet and Samuel Marcus
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Manhasset, NY
Licensed Associate Brokers
My wife is my partner.  There have been a few times that she had a sixth sense and asked me to meet the customer in her place.  Her instincts were right on.  Practice safety, common sense and trust your instincts.  In a commission driven business it is easy to find yourself in a bad situation.
Feb 09, 2008 06:17 AM
DDR Realty
DDR Realty - Newburgh, NY
Orange County NY
That is an extremely unfortunate situation. Safety is a issue which we all need to be aware of and concerned with. It is an ongoing subject at my office meetings.
Feb 09, 2008 06:54 AM