Agent Attacked by a Couple?!

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Real Estate Sales Representative with AgentOwned Realty

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?  

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Steve Hoffacker
Steve Hoffacker LLC - West Palm Beach, FL
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Celina,

Personal safety has to be a top concern - not to be paranoid about it but to be sensible and proactive.

Steve

Jul 20, 2008 04:05 PM #1
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Raylene Lewis
Century 21 Beal, Inc. - College Station, TX

Wow, thanks for the story! Unfortunately, our job can be really dangerous...how many times as children were we told not to talk to strangers? LOL. But that is the type of life we live. It is best to always meet clients at the office and get a copy of their Drivers Lisence before you go house shopping. I have a buddy agent that I take with me when i can if I am going to meet someone I don't know...I do the same for them as two is harder to attack than one. Good luck and stay safe. A potential sale is not worth your life.

Jul 20, 2008 04:21 PM #2
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Catarina Bannier
Compass - Chevy Chase, DC
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Celina,

this is everybody's nightmare.  I once had someone follow me into a house when i was pre-viewing.  Turned out it was just a crazy (and curious but harmless) neighbor, but it freaked me out enough that i now always lock the door behind me.  Sometimes clients give me strange looks when I do that :-)

I also don't meet strangers at homes; when somebody calls in, I always make them come to the office first, even women, and I have found that they don't usually mind when I tell them it's my security policy.

Jul 21, 2008 04:11 PM #3
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Kim Peasley-Parker
AgentOwned Realty, Heritage Group, Inc. - Sumter, SC

Celina-

Unfortunately these things do happen.  I know of problems in our town with squatters in homes and others wanting to see homes under false pretenses. 

I am siging up for a concealed weapons permit and I was told if I got five other female agents to sign up they would gear the class for us.  I have argued this point with my husband for year until he got some friends and former clients to agree with him. 

Jul 30, 2008 08:15 AM #4
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