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

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...

 

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Comment balloon 44 commentsDebe Maxwell, CRS • January 08 2020 05:29AM

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Thanks for the reminder and make everybody stay safe this season and have an absolutely phenomenal 2020!

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) 7 months ago

Morning Debe.

It's a dangerous world out there, one just can't take it for granted, it won't happen to them

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) 7 months ago

Good morning Debe Maxwell, CRS every agent who is out showing a property MUST be "mindful" of the safety issue....mindful has been MY word of choice for many years and will continue to be...

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) 7 months ago

Good morning Debe. The world is full of fools and scondrels. Safety is a primary concern! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) 7 months ago

Hi Debe,
Safety can NEVER be stressed enough!  Any prospect who balks at safety protocol is a potential risk and should be avoided. Period! 

Posted by Carol Williams, Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager (Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals.) 7 months ago

Good morning Debe. I think you made a really good decision A real buyer would at least be vailable on the phone. Safety first always........ 

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) 7 months ago

Hello Debe - staying aware and being mindful is good advice.  Anytime.  Safety in real estate and in real life should be a part of our daily life.  These reminders are quite valuable - just a glance helps.  

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 7 months ago

You're so welcome and I wish the same for you - this is going to be a BIG year for you, Laura Cerrano!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 7 months ago

It really is, as you well know, James Dray and I suspect it's gotten even more so since you left that business. I know your wife is thrilled that you're doing what you're doing now instead.

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 7 months ago

I like that term, 'mindful,' Barbara Todaro - and we should all get in the habit of being mindful too!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 7 months ago

It really is and it's so sad that the world has come to this too, Wayne Martin

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 7 months ago

Absolutely, Carol Williams - that is a BIG red flag for me...as is the potential buyer who meets you at your office and doesn't want to let you see their drivers license (so you can leave a copy in the office). Yes, BIG red flag! 

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 7 months ago

Even though this was just a 'weird' buyer for some who showed up to meet this guy, you never know when, if they're crazy enough to do what this guy is doing, he may snap. I always go with my gut and this one told me to let it go...and I'm glad I did too, Sheila Anderson

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 7 months ago

That is so true, Michael Jacobs - we should always be mindful and a quick glance is often all we need to see that it's a potentially unsafe decision. No matter how large the paycheck would be, it is not worth taking that risk - ever! 

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 7 months ago

Good morning Debe Maxwell, CRS -  safety first.  I have found that if it is too good to be true it isn't true.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 7 months ago

Debe there are a lot of NUTS out there, and Realtors would be well advised to take every safety precaution possible.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) 7 months ago

Hi Debe in my first year in the business there was a lady realtor that was brutally killed while meeting an unknown buyer at a country home. That same year or so another one was robbed at gun point.  You can imagine the training we got back then and it has stuck with me ever since. I've only had a few instances that my gut told me something was wrong and I chose to not meet them at all. Another buyer that I wasn't sure of I took a big strong fellow agent with me that carried  - all was fine. Safty first - ALWAYS.

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana!, 602-380-4886 (HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000) 7 months ago

Great reminder; safety cannot be stressed too much. I always have 1 or 2 of us at every open house, and almost never put a buyer in the car with me (exceptions; past clients and personal friends.)

 

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) 7 months ago

Good advice! We all know how to be safe, but sometimes the almighty dollar clouds our judgement 

Posted by Tom Bailey (Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc.) 7 months ago

Ha! That's a great point, Grant Schneider - you are SO right! I did have one recently - fell in love with the house they called about. Went under Contract, had one of the better home inspections I've ever seen and the buyer freaked out about every single item on the list and even though the seller agreed to remedy the items, they backed out.

I KNEW it was too good to be true. I can tell you that, despite my repeated educational tips on repair items, countless conversations and explanations, as well as numerous conference calls with the inspector, the buyers were just not ready to buy a home. After pulling out, they were ready to go back out, searching for 'the perfect' home because, "We know it's out there!" 

They are still searching...but, with another agent - and have been for NINE MONTHS! Those too-good-to-be-true deals ARE! I know this has nothing to do with safety but, you're comment reminded me of that client (from about this time last year)! 

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 7 months ago

Oh, the trees and the world are full of them too, George Souto! I try to avoid them at all costs! LOL

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 7 months ago

OMG, I can't imagine, Anna Banana Kruchten Broker/Owner, CRB, CRS  - I'm surprised that everyone in your 'graduating class' didn't make is a requirement to 'pack' for all client meetings after that. I wonder how many agents in the area that scared so badly that they didn't continue in the business? 

You are spot-on - SAFETY FIRST - ALWAYS! 

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 7 months ago

Same here, Lottie Kendall - so many people want to drive themselves or are coming from work so, meeting at a home is perfectly normal. If I'm meeting someone I've never met in a home, there's someone else around - either with me or outside.

And, with opens, you're so smart to have 2-3 agents working them together. 

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 7 months ago

It absolutely does, Tom Bailey - That is so sad but, it is so true. 

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 7 months ago

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.

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) 7 months ago

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

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) 7 months ago

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 

Posted by Debra Leisek ( Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska) 7 months ago

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. 

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) 7 months ago

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!!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) 7 months ago

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

Posted by Terry McCarley, REALTOR, SRES, CDPE - Cape Coral, FL (REMAX Trend - Cape Coral FL) 7 months ago

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

Posted by Anne Corbin, Serving Lake Anna & Central Virginia (Long and Foster - Lake Anna) 7 months ago

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.

Posted by Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector, The Home Inspector With a Heart! (SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee Manteno) 7 months ago

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.

 

 

Posted by Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker, Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700 or 800-241-3940 (Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska) 7 months ago

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...

Posted by Paul Durry, Former Broker Associate, CDPE, CIAS, CHMS (National Mortgage Field Services) 7 months ago

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

 

Posted by Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN (Value Added Service, 602-620-2699) 7 months ago

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.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 7 months ago

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

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 7 months ago

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...

Posted by Diana Dahlberg, Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563 (1 Month Realty) 7 months ago

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

Posted by Scott Godzyk, One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents (Godzyk Real Estate Services) 7 months ago

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.

Posted by Marte Cliff, Your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) 7 months ago

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!

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California) 7 months ago

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.

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty) 7 months ago

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 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) 7 months ago

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. 

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist, Probate Real Estate (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) 7 months ago

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