After the February 26th shooting of a Fort Lauderdale real estate home buyer, safety concerns for real estate professionals and both buyers and sellers is top on many list of concerns in the real estate community. In fact, some real estate brokerages, including Keller Williams, is hosting concealed weapons training for their agents and clients.
This shooting should cause agents, and their clients, to certainly be more vigilant of their surroundings. Also, real estate brokerages should institute new procedures when meeting new clients. Our team requires that all new potential buyers meet with us at our RE/MAX ParkCreek office in order for our staff to be personally introduced to all perspective clients, as well as ask for driver’s licenses before taking them out in our cars. Also, car insurance companies require real estate agents to carry passenger coverage. We express to our new clients that requiring their driver’s licenses or identifications are a part of our safety and insurance procedures before driving them around to look at available homes for sale in Parkland and the surrounding areas.
I remember learning a valuable lesson in common sense, as earlier in my real estate career, I received a phone call to show one of my vacant listings. The caller wanted to see the home after dark, and I suggested that we should meet the next morning. But, the caller was persistent and stated that he was a cash buyer. I reluctantly agreed and met the supposed buyer at my vacant listing. This was a huge mistake, as I should have listened to my intuition or first called my broker or another veteran real estate agent before meeting this person. Upon meeting the man and letting him into the home, he immediately flashed a gun. Thank God that I the back sliding glass door was open and a noisy neighbor, who was walking his dog, came inside. As a result, this scared the man with the gun. I was tremendously lucky that night and learned a valuable lesson that I share with my team members, brokerage, and anyone in the real estate business.
Paul Owers, of the Sun-Sentinel, wrote a very informative article, Slaying of homebuyer has real estate community on edge, where Owers’ article cautions the real estate community to take notice and promote safety for all parties involved in the real estate buying and selling process. Stephanie and I are honored to be quoted in this Sun-Sentinel article. Sometimes, people get the wrong idea about real estate. It is not what you always see on Bravo TV’s Million Dollar Listing shows. Real estate agents meet strangers on an everyday basis in order to try and help them sell or buy properties. The real estate business opens up agents to possible trouble. It is imperative for all parties to have safety procedures and to always be cautious when meeting new potential clients in public or in the confines of their homes. To read the full article, please visit: Slaying of homebuyer has real estate community on edge
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