This incident happened last year to an agent in my office; however, I saw a recent blog that triggered the ordeal all over. Everything is okay with her, thanks to a city worker who just happened to be watching out for her. I'm not a "falling sky" kind of person, but feel that I should share this with you Rainers to keep you aware when you are showing.
This agent was in the process of showing a couple a home a few blocks from our office in our sleepy little non-violent town. A man and woman walked up to the front asking her if they could see the same house. Not wanting to turn down business, she explained that she would finish up with this first couple and be happy to show them the house immediately afterward. She had never seen this man and woman before and was lulled into a false sense of security; after all, it was a "couple" and another woman would make it safer. Boy was she wrong! The man got her into one of the back rooms and put his arms around her. Luckily, a city worker and friend of this agent's was next door working and could see the whole ordeal through the windows of the vacant house. Thankfully, one call to the police and the situation was handled. The man and woman were arrested and quickly released to move on and pull their same ploy on some other unsuspecting Realtor.
I'm a Realtor and I have to go into vacant homes all the time just like every other Realtor. I try not to worry too much about potential attacks, but I try to be smart. I try to make myself aware every time I go out. There are lots of options out there for safety, but nothing replaces awareness and listening to your intuition. We have set up code words in our office that if one of our agents calls in and mentions a particular name we immediately go into action. Every Realtor should have a plan in place for the second they begin to feel uncomfortable when they are showing.
My husband recently signed me up for a concealed weapons class, which I passed with a perfect score. Will I carry my weapon when I show?