Dear HomeBuyer,

By
Real Estate Agent with Las Cruces Homes and Land

Let me ask you a simple question via a small scenario:

You are sitting at your desk, working away when the phone rings. On the other end is someone who is interested in your services and they would like to meet you at a non-public place.

Do you go?

I posed this question on my personal Facebook wall and the resounding reply from my non-agent friends was NO.

And yet, many homebuyers have no problem asking an agent whom they've never met to do that on a daily basis. I will bet you anything that 99% of agents have received that kind of phone call. What's scary is that many agents WILL GO AND MEET A STRANGER AT A HOME LISTED FOR SALE. BY THEMSELVES.

Are we just asking for trouble?? Why, on God's green earth would we do that???

I have gotten these calls and, in the past, I've tried to be non-offending by suggesting a more public place or my office for our first meeting but now, I just come straight out with it. I ask if they would meet a stranger in a non-public place. I tell them that my safety is more important to me than a check. Nine times out of ten, the buyer understands. I've even had them say, "Wow - that never even crossed my mind" and agree to meet at my office or the local coffee shop.

Here's the deal my future clients: I want to work with you and help you find the home of your dreams. That's why I'm in this business. I love it but there is absolutely no way in the world that I am going to meet you anywhere for the first time that isn't my office. If you're inviting me to do a listing presentation for you, my husband will be with me.

Dear agents - please for the sake of your family - get out of the the it won't happen to me mentality. This isn't a plot line for the crew of CSI New York. 

I asked a friend of mine who is a police officer if he goes on calls to homes by himself. A majority of the time he doesn't. (Obviously it would depend on the situation.) If a police officer friend of mine would not go to a call by himself, I can guarantee you that we shouldn't be.

Why do we continually insist on putting ourselves in dangerous situations like open houses, meeting new clients at a listing and so on?

Comments (7)

Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

Emmy it's amazing to me the number of agents who still pop up and run out to meet a stranger at a home.  If someone won't take a few extra minutes to meet me first then I'm willing to take the risk of losing the business.

Apr 07, 2014 03:22 AM
Justin Dibbs
Pearson Smith Realty - Ashburn, VA
REALTOR® - Ashburn Virginia Homes for Sale

I recently had the sheriff's deputy out to my house. The dupty was a cute woman, and judging by her age most ikely a newer officer. It was 11 degress outside so I had her come inside instead of freezing my butt off in an open doorway. After 5 minutes went buy, her partner in the car checked in on her via the radio (even though she had a gun, a taser, an asp and body armor).

Apr 07, 2014 07:42 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I don't do it.  And I've obviously survived just fine without that business.  Mostly people seem to understand when you really explain it to them, I've had a few yell at me then slam the phone down.  Oh well.  I wrote about this topic today too.

Apr 07, 2014 01:25 PM
Don Sabinske
Don Sabinske, Sabinske & Associates Inc. - Zimmerman, MN
Sabinske & Associates Inc.

I have, but I am not completely alone.  I have a friend in a holster that is pretty well noticed by anyone with any vision.  I have the permit for conceal and carry, but for a first visit....there's no concealing.

Aug 24, 2014 05:36 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I have a vague memory of an agent being found beat up and robbed in the basement of a vacant home being what prompted that on facebook.  We all say we'll NEVER do it again, but then we get complacent.

Sep 30, 2014 03:43 AM
Travis "the SOLD man" Parker; Broker/Owner
Travis Realty - Enterprise, AL
email: Travis@theSOLDman.me / cell: 334-494-7846

I usually take my wife. She has good ideas and is ALSO "packing"!

Sep 30, 2014 04:28 AM
Copper Neal
5 Star Realty group - Oklahoma City, OK

Oklahoma now has open carry. If you have a concealed carry permit, then you may carry openly. I don't know if many agents are taking advantage of this or not. Thought it might turn into the Old West again with everybody having a gun on their hip, but it hasn't. Actually, I've only seen one person openly carrying a gun, and I was startled when I realized that's what was on his belt. That was at the supermarket.

I'm not an advocate of firearms as an answer to our safety or anyone else's, but it may come to having to imply that we all carry. I'm not sure what I would think of a Realtor that was showing me properties, or at my home to list it, that showed up with a gun. It seems it would be less than friendly, and far less than professional.  Having been in real estate over 30 years, I'm extremely aware of the dangers we face, but carrying firearms can be as dangerous, if not more so, than the people we encounter.

Sep 30, 2014 01:04 PM

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