Realtor® Safety Reminder - Start 2020 with Safety in Mind At All Times

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Realtor® Safety Reminder - Start 2020 with Safety in Mind At All Times


Realtor Safety FirstI recently received an email from a prospective new construction buyer. I could not get the buyer on the phone - he only wanted to meet 'on-site' and assured me "We will be paying cash." Because I couldn't get the gentleman on the phone, I made the decision not to pursue this online lead.

In today's MLS alerts, we were informed that, "...a new potential scam involving a person asking to see homes in new construction communities.  At the showing appointment, the person arrives with 12 additional individuals who are “family” and makes a cash offer on multiple homes with no proof of funds.  Eventually the person disappears."

While no one was injured or harmed other than to simply waste time, our Association encouraged us to review our safety protocol. I was thankful that everyone was safe & that I had not wasted my time pursuing this pseudo-buyer. I was confident that this was the same gentleman who had reached out to me - the story was simply too similar.


That said, I thought I would share one of NAR's safety videos as a reminder to be on your toes as we begin a new year.



You can never be too safe out there...


© Debe Maxwell | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | | Realtor® Safety Reminder - Start 2020 with Safety in Mind At All Times


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Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

There’s a lot of value in all those aspects and I wish all the more connection and all of it, for lack of better terms.

Jan 08, 2020 11:17 PM #25
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Debe Maxwell, CRS It’s sad but maybe that valuable to know all of this. We can learn from all the sadness or regrets

Jan 08, 2020 11:20 PM #26
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

Safety First at all times...

we live in a fairly secure area but every now and then we get the scammer or the person with a creep factor. 

not sure what the purpose of 12 people showing up and acting like they were going to buy something and then disappearing means or the purpose of it

Maybe its a new reality show Candid camera for real estate 

Jan 09, 2020 12:55 AM #27
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Hi Debe!

Safety is on my mind too. I visited NAR a few days ago and learned a lot. They have a lot to offer for Agent Safety. I shared a lot of information with my Board about how we can incorporate safety into training programs. I planned to write a blog on it but now I won't. You did an excellent job promoting Agent Safety!

To you, I wish you a healthy, safe, and happy 2020. 

Jan 09, 2020 01:58 AM #28
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Debe Maxwell, CRS ,

You can never be too safe out there and as my Geno always said you always must watch your six! Agent safety is so important you just can't be too careful with all the scam artists out there! Great post and glad to see it featured!!

Jan 09, 2020 05:12 AM #29
Terry McCarley
REMAX Realty Team - Cape Coral FL - Cape Coral, FL

I have learned to be very cautious in this business.  I had a "buyer" a few years ago wanting to look at vacant homes and I just felt like something was off.  I had enough info on him to research him as he actually used his real name and his real phone number.  Turned out he was a convicted sex offender so obviously I chose to pass

Jan 09, 2020 06:26 AM #30
Anne Corbin
Long and Foster - Lake Anna - Spotsylvania, VA
Serving Lake Anna & Central Virginia

Great reminder to keep us all safe as we start the new year. Sometimes we can get too comfortable to remember these safety musts.

Jan 09, 2020 06:29 AM #31
Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector
SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee Manteno - Bourbonnais, IL
The Home Inspector With a Heart!

You know what they say, "Safety is no accident." Be aware at all times of what's going on around you. Smart move on your part this time for sure.

Jan 09, 2020 06:32 AM #32
Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker
Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska - Kearney, NE
Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700 or 800-241-3940

When I park for a showing or open house...I ALWAYS try and leave an escape route for my vehicle so that I am not blocked in. I rarely park in the driveway. That escape route might mean driving right through the grass but so be it...I can fix the yard and the vehicle.  

When doing an open house, I park in the street and ask the owners to park their nicer car in the driveway near the street. 

This is for two primary reasons: 

1. It helps calm those who are fearful about stopping and getting "trapped" by the agent or not wanting to be alone with the agent. I want it to look busy.

2.  Bad guys and bad gals are looking for Loners...2 or more vehicles usually means more than one person is at the open house.  They only want to deal with one person.



Jan 09, 2020 06:36 AM #33
Paul Durry
National Mortgage Field Services - Lawton, OK
Former Broker Associate, CDPE, CIAS, CHMS

Thanks for this very important post! I know I used to always tell all the agent from the local MLS.....Safety....Safety, and always think safety first...

Jan 09, 2020 07:23 AM #34
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Good for you for being proactive and alert to this scam.  Very scary stuff!


Jan 09, 2020 09:48 AM #35
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

I think a big mistake is that many agents who are men don't think about safety enough. It is so often focused towards women to be safe, but we forget things can happen to man as well.

Jan 09, 2020 10:24 AM #36
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Congratulations on your feature recognition. This is important advice to share.

Jan 09, 2020 10:35 AM #37
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Real Estate Safety is a must for all of us and this reminder was well timed as we start the new year ... let us all have 2020 VISION ... be aware at all times ... keep your eyes and senses open. Stay Alert.

You can never be too safe out there...

Jan 09, 2020 12:13 PM #38
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

It is something we all have to pay attention to these days, man, woman, young or old. New or experienced.... Safety starts with us.

Jan 10, 2020 05:13 AM #39
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Yes, what was the point? Years ago some local agents wasted a lot of time on 2 men who came to town and made offers on fixers. Once the offers were accepted, they'd disappear. They did close on one, and convinced the closer to take a personal check. She waited for about 10 days to close out the file - and on the 11th day got notice that the check had bounced!

I never had a really bad experience as an agent, but if I was nervous I either took another agent or my very large teen-age son with me.

Jan 10, 2020 11:38 AM #40
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Debe:

We have been warned in our area about this same scam. You just cannot be too careful these days, and regular reminders about safety are important!

Have a great weekend!


Jan 10, 2020 04:22 PM #41
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Good for you for not meeting someone who wouldn't even talk on the phone. You never know.

As for staying safe, it has to be a priority for all of us.

Jan 11, 2020 05:51 AM #42
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

No opportunity to make a sale is ever worth risking our safety. I have seen this video and it is a great reminder to all of us. You were wise to skip meeting this prospect. D 

Jan 11, 2020 08:52 AM #43
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Hello Debe Maxwell, CRS - My heart breaks every time I read about another real estate agent being killed - typically as a result of hosting an open house. 

I just don't do them anymore.  Our safety must come first. 

Jan 11, 2020 06:49 PM #44
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