REALTOR® Safety - The Beverly Carter Story

Reblogger Jeff Dowler, CRS
Real Estate Agent with Solutions Real Estate CalBRE License #01490977

We hear too many stories about compromised Realtor safety, and worse, the Beverly Carter story being just one. Indeed, any tale of an agent being in danger through meeting up with a buyer or seller, known or not, is too much.


This video stream of a program by the son of Ms. Carter sends a powerful message to us all about the need, indeed the requirement, to always be thinking of our safety when showing property and to take precautions at all times - before meeting the buyer, during the showing, and when leaving.


Brokerages are providing more training and educations regarding Realtor safety, as is NAR, local Realtor Boards, and more. We cannot say enough, and share enough, about this issue and educate everyone in this business about how to stay safe!


Please also stop by Brad's post to share your comments, and consider sharing his post and this valuable information with others.

Original content by Brad Andersohn

"Your safety in real estate is non-negotiable" was the title of a session we did yesterday with Carl Carter, son of Beverly Carter who was abducted and murdered during what seemed like a routine interaction with a potential all cash buyer. 

Carl's live-stream feed from the cloud to the industry yesterday was more than just a very powerful, moving presentation and very touching story, it was a REALTOR® safety testimony that only someone with his background and experience could deliver.

His life, story and presentation are an impactful combination of harrowing details involving his mother's story while providing practical industry anecdotes and takeaways for active agents worldwide. Let's face it, we are surrounded by good people as much as we are some very bad people. 

Angela Sams, an agent in Edgewater, Maryland once beat a man with a broom stick and chased him all the way to the end of the street. She broke the broom and had to buy the client a new one.

Here's a recording of the session if you're interested. If nothing else, I hope this creates a greater awareness that having a plan, a strategy, an accountability group or anything that can keep us safer is critical. Safety is the last thing many agents think about when they go out to help a client.

Carl Carter's mission and passion are to take his mother's experience and use it as an inspiration to help make positive changes in agents' business safety and to help save lives. Here's where you can make a significant difference in the world by sharing this information with others you care about and love.

Some of the takeaways included the lessons learned from Beverly Carter's Story.  The power of discovering efficient processes and finding safer practices. Examining our personal marketing for mixed messages. Establishing better and more efficient safety partnerships & accountability.

The National Associations of REALTORS® honored Beverly Carter in this article, 'Beverly Carter, You Left a Legacy' read more...  Inman News also shared a resourceful article about agents using apps and wearable tech to stay safe. read more...

One useful resource to check out is Search maps or by reports. Just knowing your market and what homes are for sale isn't enough anymore. There are a plethora of apps, tools and methods available which can keep us all be safer, I'd even suggest taking a self-defense course.


NAR published 56 Safety Tips for REALTORS
which has some awesome tips, definitely worth a view.  

Please share this with every active agent you know, both men and women because no one is exempt and your safety and health are truly Non-Negotiable.




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Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line

A very good re-blog Jeff, we take our safety for granted so much of the time, especially us guys.

Jan 14, 2017 12:58 PM #1
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Jeff I am surprised there are not more reports of Realtors finding them selves in dangerous situations when they are showing a house, or doing an Open House by themselves.  I know it is hard to always coordinate showings and Open Houses with a second person, but Realtors really need to start take more precautions.

Jan 14, 2017 01:24 PM #2
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Thank you Nick & Trudy Vandekar  - so true. And just the other day there was that story about the missing male real estate agent in Kingman AZ whose remains were recently found

George Souto  - I think some of the stories don't hit the media, but we have heard a few here from our local Board in the last couple of years. It seems to be a growing issue but we are also hearing more about education, etc.


Jan 14, 2017 02:50 PM #3
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Great re-blog Jeff Dowler so sad . It gets me so upset when I see agents respond to strangers and just run out and show house with a shrug of the shoulders with the attitude can't happen here

Jan 14, 2017 04:38 PM #4
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Hi Hannah Williams 

No doubt there are plenty of situations when agents are not thinking about their safety and forge ahead.


Jan 14, 2017 05:34 PM #5
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Too many agents think they are doing themselves a service and their clients by going out alone for a first meeting.

Jan 14, 2017 06:28 PM #6
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good morning Jeff.  I remember that incident very well.  Such a sad loss.  

Jan 15, 2017 04:25 AM #7
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Sitterle Homes - Richmond, TX
Sitterle Homes


 Good re-blog and we actually watched the Dateline of this, it was just too sad and for nothing...she should have followed her instincts. 

Jan 15, 2017 03:03 PM #8
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Thanks for the reminder.  Here is HI it's easy to not be so concerned, but that needs to change.

Jan 15, 2017 05:09 PM #9
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Jeff, what a sad story and  sadly a great re-blog I missed from our friend Brad Andersohn , I will have to stop in, did not realize he is back on the platform, Endre

Jan 15, 2017 09:12 PM #10
Brad Andersohn
Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus - Fairfield, CA
ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876

Thanks for sharing this Jeff, it's something that can't taken for granted ever. I appreciate you getting the word out to others. 

Endre - I back to do as much as I can to try and bring value to all my friends here. Looking forward to you stopping in, you're always welcomed!  :)

Jan 16, 2017 08:39 AM #11
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Safety really is the most important thing after everything is said and done. And even really before it is said and done. I hope I'm making sense hahaha.

Jan 16, 2017 10:44 PM #12
Elyse Berman, PA
Best Connections Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL - (561) 716-7824 - CRS, ABR, GRI

Jeff Dowler Thanks for passing this along.  I missed it the first time.  It is a powerful reminder for us all.

Jan 26, 2017 03:28 AM #13
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