Our hearts go out to Beverly Carter and Her Family

Managing Real Estate Broker with Ruland & Company Realty Services, LLC GA# 336744

This story of the missing Realtor in Arkansas has really caught my attention.  Normally on my SM platforms, I like to be whimsy and lighthearted but tonight, I am anything but those things.


If I told you that I was going out at 7pm on a Wednesday night to meet a complete stranger that I met on Craigslist at a vacant house, you would tell me I was crazy.


Yet we agents do this EVERYDAY!


Fellow agents and brokers, please think of your safety when showing properties. Brokers may want to think of consulting with someone to do a safety briefing for their agents. Like and follow her page. I really hope things work out for the best for her, but it doesn't look good now that they have their suspect and no victim. Send prayers, and by all means, STAY SAFE!


In the Army, we called it "situational awareness". Always know where you are, whats around, who is around and what their doing. Here of some things I do as I am meeting with new clients and/or doing vacant property inspections. I think of this stuff EVERY time I step out of my car. When complacency sets in, that's when the bad stuff happens.


1. Someone should know where you are at all times.
2. Pre-screen your buyers thoroughly (good business practice too)
3. If something seems off, abort. Find and excuse to leave.
4. Never have someone between you and a door.
5. Know your exits and have car keys ready.
6. As you are pulling in to a neighborhood, be aware of well lit, public spaces nearby. That way if you do have to bust out, you know exactly where to go to be safe. This could be critical if you are injured.
7. Have your phone with you and ready to dial a safety contact or 911
8. Lock the entry doors behind you as you enter. I do a lot of vacant property inspections, this one is huge.


If you carry a firearm, know how to use it proficiently. Be prepared to use it. By that I mean, you have to KNOW ahead of time if you have it in you to pull the trigger. Being prepared is not looking for an excuse to draw, but handling yourself accordingly if that time comes. If you don't think you will, then don't carry a weapon. If you don't have the stomach to fire, then your weapon becomes a liability to be used against you. Just the sight of the weapon or warning shots will not necessarily deter a deranged individual.


Godspeed Mrs. Carter. I hope and pray for your safety and well being tonight.


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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

They did find her body. I just read about it.  So sad. So senseless. We can never be too careful about what we do in life ... or in working with "prospects" who calll to see properties.

Sep 30, 2014 01:22 AM #51
Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Orlando, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers

Truely tragic...and thank you so much for the excellent advice.


Sep 30, 2014 01:23 AM #52
Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia

I was so sad to hear about this.  It is of the utmost importance for all of us to be cautious and safe out there. 

Sep 30, 2014 01:45 AM #53
Sharon Paxson
Compass - Newport Beach, CA
Newport Beach Real Estate

This is so incredibly sad and my prayers are going out to her family, friends, and  co-workers. This is a good post about being diligent when showing homes to unknown people.

Sep 30, 2014 01:48 AM #54
Brian Scharick
Florida Exclusive Living Inc. - Fort Lauderdale Luxury Home Realtor - Fort Lauderdale, FL
South Florida Luxury Home Specialist 954-644-9118

May God be with your family.  Everyone be safe, it is such a changing world in so many ways.  

Sep 30, 2014 01:53 AM #55
Brad Lauritzen
Santiago Financial, Inc. - Riverside, CA
Manufactured & Mobile Home Lending

Yes I've been following this as well and so sad to learn the outcome.....be safe out there PLEASE

Sep 30, 2014 02:04 AM #56
Cynthia Larsen
Cotati, CA
Independent Broker In Sonoma County, CA

Such a senseless act, my heart goes out to Beverly's friends and family. Yes, it takes something like this to realize we are too complacent too often.

Sep 30, 2014 02:16 AM #57
Bobi Bigelow
Jim Green Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Advertising / Marketing Administrator

The owner of Alpine Lakes Real Estate has asked me over and over again to get my real estate license through out the past 5+ years but after I had heard about the incident with the real estate agent in Canada meeting the same fate as poor Beverly and decided against it. I also keep my AR post professional and positive, it saddens me to think that there are people out there that could do such horrible things like this. However, I thank you Wesley, for this very informative post. All of you agents have what could potentially be a dangerous job and I hope this post helps to keep every one safer.

Sep 30, 2014 02:54 AM #58
Steve Wilhelmy
Keller Williams Classic Realty Northwest - Maple Grove, MN

So sad. I just shared this with our buyer's agent. Thanks for the tips.

Sep 30, 2014 02:57 AM #59
Corinne Guest
Corinne Guest, REALTOR® | Barrington Realty Company - Barrington, IL
Barrington Lifestyles

Very sad. I did an open house on Sunday, something I rarely do, but my security detail was with me! it's too risky to be anything other than very careful.

Sep 30, 2014 03:07 AM #60
Pamela Seley
West Coast Realty Division - Murrieta, CA
Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA

My heart goes out to Beverly's family and to all those who knew her. There's been many acts of senseless violence toward agents, and this time should be a final wake up call. Our industry needs to stop the pop tart agent mentality. 

Sep 30, 2014 03:30 AM #61
Teral McDowell
Referral Patners LLC - Murphy, TX

Sad to learn what we all feared when the circumstances were given but grieved for her family and friends who loved her. May Beverly rest in peace.

Sep 30, 2014 03:34 AM #62
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

In light of this tragedy I certainly hope more brokers will put policy in place and make sure it is followed.

Sep 30, 2014 03:35 AM #63
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

Hi Wesley, this nightmare turned out very badly. Prayers and sincere condolences to Beverly's Family. Let's celebrate her life by being more careful with own lives. Every time you have a doubt about a situation or person, allow her image to come into your mind and then follow your instincts. We must do all we can to make her life always relevent.

Sep 30, 2014 03:39 AM #64
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

After the tragedy of Realtor Barbara Carter, I have noticed there are a number of seminars planned in our area - Central Florida - on safety factors, warnings, precautions, tips and advice for those in the professional real estate field. I have already been invited to some - one already planned for today. Wesley Ruland , important post -'situational awareness' and tips. Read Anna Banana Kruchten's comment that she has previously known 4 agents that lost their lives in similar tragedies.  

Sep 30, 2014 05:12 AM #65
Mark Guagliardo
Keller Williams Realty Hawaii Group - Kihei, HI
Keller Williams Realty Hawaii



Think-Act-Be SAFE (TABS)
Keep "Tabs" on your fellow agents!


Never show ANY homes to someone you have not pre-qualified and identified, Know WHO they are first, and even then have agents check-in during showings.

Would you meet a stranger from a phone call in an empty house alone?

You wouldn't do that in your personal life, DO NOT DO IT IN BUSINESS!


Sep 30, 2014 12:12 PM #66
Bill Reddington
Re/max Southern Realty - Destin, FL
Destin Florida Real Estate

My prayers are with Beverly's family. The sad part is this happens everyday with lots of professions. Hope the awareness this has created will continue and truly safety first.

Oct 01, 2014 08:35 AM #67
Claude Labbe
Real Living | At Home - Washington, DC
Realty for Your Busy Life

I had heard she was missing, but only by reading this do I get the subsequent details. This is so sick & evil.

Beverly could have been anyone; and indeed, she is someone's one, someone's wife, someone's daughter, someone's friend.

My prayers for her and those around her this evening.

Oct 01, 2014 02:37 PM #68
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Wesley Ruland - there are quite a few mobile apps available on Android and iOs that one should download and use it if needed! Safety always first.

Oct 01, 2014 02:51 PM #69
Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

I am so saddened by this news.  Senseless!  Great tips for us all.  Prayers for her family.

Oct 02, 2014 12:28 AM #70
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