Your Real Estate Agent May Have a Gun

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If you are thinking of buying a house, and you start going to open houses, you might be surprised to learn an interesting fact: the real estate agent might be carrying a gun. Some of you reading this might have jumped to this article looking for a fight, because in M’erka guns are a controversial subject and why shouldn’t your real estate agent have a gun?

Real estate agents find themselves in precarious situations all of the time. They also might have to travel into neighborhoods that aren’t as safe as your typical bedroom communities. There are wayward dogs to contend with, random robberies, and the chance that a visitor to an open house has malicious thoughts. A real estate agent was killed in Maryland not too long ago and his killer stole his laptop and phone. He was killed for $2,000.00 in hardware by this shithead with the money on his face.

When you think about it this way, it’s no wonder that a real estate agents might feel the need to protect themselves.

The Statistics

Let’s look at some statistics: The National Association of Realtors released a report that states 25% of real estate agents who are male carry guns when on the job. Other real estate agents report that they carry other weapons, too, even if they don’t carry guns. Whether you are a fan of guns or not, you can certainly see why some Realtors feel the need to protect themselves.

The fact that 25% of male Realtors carry a gun is only the tip of the iceberg. The NAR report also says that more than half of all Realtors, both male and female, carry a weapon of some type to every showing. Here’s a brief synopsis:

  • Pepper Spray – 27% of female Realtors and 5% of male Realtors
  • Guns – 12% of female Realtors and 25% of male Realtors
  • Pocket Knife – 5% of female Realtors and 11% of male Realtors
  • Taser – 7% of female Realtors and 2% of male Realtors
  • Baton or Club – 3% of female Realtors and 3% of male Realtors
  • Noisemaker – 3% of female Realtors and 0% of male Realtors

Why are Realtors Afraid?

So, why are so many Realtors afraid enough to carry a weapon? First, there is the fact that approximately 3% of Realtors report being physically attacked when on the job in 2016. Though may that seem like a low number to some (too high for me), you have to understand that the overall rate in the country is about 2%, which means Realtors have a higher chance of being physically assaulted when compared with the average US citizen.

The reasons real estate agents feel the need to protect themselves is even more clear. In fact, many Realtors report that they are fearful of going to work each day. An astounding 44% of female Realtors told the NAR that they were worried about going to open houses in model homes and vacant lots.

Here’s some more stats:

  • 44% of female Realtors were afraid at some point in 2017 when on the job
  • 25% of male Realtors were afraid at some point in 2017 when on the job
  • 38% of all Realtors were afraid when in a small town
  • 35% of all Realtors were afraid when in a rural area
  • 39% of all Realtors were afraid when in an urban area
  • 40% of all Realtors were afraid when in a suburb

Knowing this, it’s certainly not surprising that a Realtor would carry a gun. HOWEVER, the problem with all this gun slinging is most people, regardless of their profession aren’t properly trained to “fight” with a gun. That means being trained to use a firearm under duress. I’m not talking about gun safety or target shooting, I’m talking about if you are being attacked, do you know how to respond with a gun if someone is coming after you? So to my Real Estate Agent friends and all others, seek out “Stress Response Training” and Firearm and get properly trained.

Robert Siciliano personal security and identity theft expert and speaker is the author of Identity Theft Privacy: Security Protection and Fraud Prevention: Your Guide to Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft and Computer Fraud. See him knock’em dead in this Security Awareness Training video.


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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Points well comes a reblog !

Jan 15, 2019 06:40 AM #1
Dan Pittsenbarger
Keller Williams Western Realty - Bellingham, WA
Improving Conditions

Interesting posts. I don't think the numbers hold true for the area I'm in thankfully. The 3% of all agents being physically attacked during one year (2016) for sure is not true here. We have over a 1000 agents in our county so that would be 30 agents attacked in a year - it didn't happen here.  3% of a large group in 1 year is actually a huge number. I suspect the stat is more like 3% agents report that they have been attacked at some point during their career - that's still too high for here but a more accurate. Then we would have to get pretty loose on what "attack" is defined as. We just don't have too many physical attercations here between agents and the public.

Jan 15, 2019 07:39 AM #2
Francine Viola
Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA - Olympia, WA
REALTOR®, In Tune with your Real Estate Needs

In my area, being in a military town, many of my colleagues are former military and do carry.  And many agents do take some type of self-defense training and/or carry something that they could use in an attack.  Your points are well taken, and training is immensely important.

Jan 15, 2019 08:42 AM #3
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Robert. As usual I am scared by your post. I was robbed at an open house on a day many agents were. That was my last open house.

Jan 15, 2019 08:56 AM #4
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

You can never be too safe when showing homes or holding Open Houses. I purchased a .38 a couple years ago for home safety & plan to get my conceal carry soon. Currently I have a 911 GPS activated personal alarm that at a push of a button alerts police to my location.

Jan 15, 2019 01:51 PM #5
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Robert,
How has this not been a Featured post?  Even if it does get Featured, it will be in the next edition of Second Chance Saturday.  We can't stress agent safety enough!

Thanks for the post!

Jan 16, 2019 08:39 AM #6
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Robert- it's a sad fact that agents feel the need to arm themselves but they do, especially when you consider the fact that they're out meeting people that they do not know in a private home. And yes, it's not enough to get a gun and a permit. Besides getting training for its use, you have to be mentally ready and willing to use it. 

Jan 16, 2019 04:27 PM #7
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Agents can be in vacant homes with almost-strangers (even meeting in the office and getting ID doesn't mean the person is safe). They can be in some dangerous areas. They can get stuck in remote locations. It shouldn't be a surprise that some have some sort of protection!

And yes, training is critical.

Jan 19, 2019 03:23 AM #8
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Robert Siciliano - You have brought up a great topic and discussion. You make a key point about handling a gun under duress. My son, a marine, showed us some interesting self defense moves when dealing with a person who has a gun.  I have been in sales for most of my life and very aware of my surroundings. I am also lucky to work in an area of very low incident of crime. I also won't tell anyone how I would defend myself but let's just say that you don't want to find out!

Jan 19, 2019 06:22 AM #9
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Such an important topic and well written. I too can't figure out why it's not featured. It deserves it.  I do NOT hold Open Houses alone.  I used to always carry pepper spray - I don't anymore. As for a gun, unless you know how to use it, it's a dangerous tool. 

Jan 19, 2019 08:02 AM #10
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good afternoon Robert Siciliano ,

An important topic and one many are talking about. In today's world you can never be too safe when showing homes or holding Open Houses. Your points are well taken, and training is immensely important.

Jan 19, 2019 01:10 PM #11
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224


Jan 19, 2019 07:32 PM #12
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

I just read yesterday about an agent killed in Utah...

I was an agent, then broker, for 19 years and never had a problem, but there were a couple of times when I felt nervous. Ours is a small town in a very mountainous, rural area. Aside from petty theft, our crime rate is low.

However, as more and more people flood into our area, I have become more cautious. I now lock the doors at night, and there is a rifle by every door in our house.

Your advice to learn how to use a gun in a stress situation is very wise.

Jan 20, 2019 12:17 PM #13
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

I used to carry mace until recently when a TSA agent took it away from me. I can't believe how many planes I've flown on with mace in my bag and no one ever said anything about it. Maybe because it was pink with a velcro handle.

Jan 20, 2019 12:27 PM #14
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Living in Virginia, I assume that a large number of people I encounter daily are likely armed.  Conceal carry is allowed here and used by a lot of people.

Jan 20, 2019 04:02 PM #15
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Such a shame that this has to be discussed but it's certainly the reality in our world these days.

Jan 21, 2019 09:40 PM #16
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

It's even more important to be vigilant at every turn when meeting clients, showing homes, and being out in public.   It's too bad that this even exists! My daughter's husband accompanies her when he's not working to help out.  I love that!

Jan 22, 2019 11:33 AM #17
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