The recent tragedy of Beverly Carter, a fellow REALTOR® from Arkansas, still weighs heavily on our minds. To think Beverly was kidnapped while showing a house and was later found dead. It appeared Beverly took every safety precaution before she went out, but allegedly, she was targeted for nothing more than being a “woman real estate agent”.
Safety has always been a top priority for our team and for our clients as well. But we need your help.
Home showings should only last 20 to 30 minutes. If a showing is taking longer, many times the parties are outside looking around – perfectly normal. However, if it is taking longer than what seems normal, feel free to drop by and check out the situation. OR, if the situation looks ominous, call our local police department. It’s always better to be safe than sorry – and you aren’t being a nosy neighbor.
Feel free to watch to see if and how the parties leave the property and if the agent has left the home.
If the neighborhood home is hosting an Open House, it’s also helpful to kind of keep an eye on the traffic that goes in and out. Open Houses can be traps for agents as well, especially during the last 30 minutes of the Open.
This tragedy as well as many before, has made us appreciate our great clients even more! Our business depends on your continued support as we review our safety standards for our team and clients. Each of your referrals helps keep us safe and busy so none of us are placed in these types of precarious and dangerous situations. We know we are working with your trusted family, friends, co-workers and neighbors, so we can give our main attention to serving them and you safely and efficiently.
Thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers during this darkened time in real estate.