Be safe out there

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This is a reminder to be safe when showing homes. This Sunday a local agent found herself in a vacant house and was asulted. This guy also meet with other agent over the last couple of days. He apparently saw a couple of homes with her over a few days to build trust. Keep your wits and always be alert.

Here is the news report   http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/stcharles/story/ce167e44aa248bb386257296001131be?opendocument

 

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Terry Lynch
LAR Notary and Closing Services - Saint Clair Shores, MI

We all should know the rules of personal safety by now, but it is easy to become complacent.

This is a great reminder to everyone.

Terry Lynch 

Mar 06, 2007 08:00 AM #1
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Gloria and Jason Belmonte
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This can not be repeated enough, be safe..
Mar 07, 2007 05:41 AM #2
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Jim Ludes
RE/MAX Top Properties - Coal City, IL
Grundy/Will County, IL REALTOR

A young man, myself, and relative newcommer to the business I often wonder if this problem is becoming worse as years go on- or is it about the same? On more than a few showings at night I've accompanied female co-workers...but this type of thing can happen to anyone-anytime. Mace or pepper spray won't cost too much- and can pay off greatly.

Maybe we can get the NAR to give us tiny stun guns with our Realtor pins.

Mar 07, 2007 09:03 AM #3
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Teri Eckholm
Boardman Realty - White Bear Lake, MN
REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro

It is not just single men attacking. There was a story in MN a year or so ago where a couple wanted to kidnap and agent. They picked her out from her photo in the paper/website, visited her open house and met her later in the week at a vacant house and attacked her, trying to tie her up. She escaped. Ran barefoot to a neighbors because they had blocked in her car.

There was another warning we got about some weird guy that would show up at open houses and take showers.

Both stories were sent from our MLS and on the local news so these are not urban legends.

  • Don't let your car get blocked in.
  • Keep your cell phone and keys in your pocket.
  • Let clients walk into rooms, closets and downstairs ahead of you.

Stay safe!

And Keith Thanks for posting the reminder!

Mar 08, 2007 09:46 AM #4
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Wayne and Lynda Gomillion
Real Living Hagan Realtors | Pinehurst ~ Southern Pines, NC - Pinehurst, NC

Thanks for the post... Givers Gain!

 

May 31, 2007 01:47 AM #5
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Margaret Woda
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May 31, 2007 06:03 AM #6
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Carl Berg
ERA Wilder Realty, Inc - Columbia, SC

I might have to print that out for all of my FSBO's who feel safe doing it on their own.

May 31, 2007 06:09 AM #7
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David & Lisa Webber
RE/MAX Executive - Crofton, MD
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Yes, a good warning to those FSBOs - they don't even have the security of knowing a buyer is coming in with a licensed Realtor - most of the people they are going to have come through their home are strangers out of the newspaper - scary!
Jun 11, 2007 01:39 AM #8
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Jared Hokanson
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Thanks for the reminder!

 

Jun 11, 2007 02:56 AM #9
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Gary J. Rocks
Juba Team Realty - Jefferson Township, NJ

keith

Good post, we all have to be aware of our surroundings! Men included!

Jun 12, 2007 06:21 AM #10
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Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
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It is a good idea to always let somebody in your office know where you are going AND WHO YOU ARE WITH! Leave a photocopy of their driver's license in your office! If you do that, they know someone is aware of who you are with!
Jun 12, 2007 09:29 AM #11
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Melissa Olson
HOPE Lending LLC - Bellevue, WA
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I've said a prayer for her...
Jun 12, 2007 07:55 PM #12
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Margaret Woda
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Here is a list of articles I posted a few weeks ago on Agent Safety:  http://activerain.com/blogsview/112642/Bookmark-this-Links-to.  You probably won't have time to check out all of them at one time, but bookmark it so you can go back later.
Jun 12, 2007 11:17 PM #13
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Penny Florence
Midvale, UT
Being somewhat new to the business safety and security were first on my list.  I actually have my dad attend open houses with me.  He just sits and watches TV until someone comes in, and I always attend listing appointments with someone else.  I just had one and the woman was about 75 yrs old, but I still took someone with me.  You can never be too safe.  Its unfortunate that we live in a world that we can't trust many people.  I remember my parents telling me way back when, they picked up a hitch hiker in the pouring rain, never in todays world would you ever do this.
Jun 15, 2007 05:16 AM #14
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Sybil Holcomb
Ayres Realty - Douglasville, GA
Many years ago I received a letter from a gentleman from Boston.  He was relocating to Atlanta and was interested in a foreclosure.  After communicating with him for a while I asked him how he came to contact me. (Those were the days before the internet was so hot) He said he saw my picture in a real estate book and thought I had a kind face.  Well that made me feel a little uneasy and kicked in that cautious part.  But when he was scheduled to come into town rather than miss a perfect opportunity I just made arrangements with someone in my office to be with me and made the front desk aware of my concern.  Well it turned out quite well but I shudder to think what could have happened if I had not used that caution.
Jun 16, 2007 12:01 AM #15
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Steven Shewell
Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc. - Ephrata, PA
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Great advice.  We can never be too careful out there.  Thankfully she is still alive.
Jun 16, 2007 02:09 PM #16
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Dale Baker
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Yes do alway let your clients walk in front of you ladys

You have gave a very good warning with this post

Jun 17, 2007 08:00 AM #17
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Jeffrey Malburg
RE/MAX Acclaim - Roseville, MI
Scary stuff, thanks for the reminder!
Aug 16, 2007 08:20 AM #19
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