My wife just got her license and I would be very concerned in such situations. However, I also know of stories where a REALTOR got murdered at an open house. I guess it should make us reflect that perhaps we shouldn't work 7 days a week.....maybe we should even enjoy our lives a little and spend a day or two a week with family....in those final moments, one more commission really doesn't seem so important. We live a fast paced life (full timers) and sometimes forget what is important.
I remember in Real Estate school, the instructor suggested a code to use on the phone and that agents should always make sure the office or someone knew where they were. Regarding the code, the idea was he/she could call up office and say "hey do you have that yellow file I left in my bottom drawer?" Meaning "I am slightly concerned and nervous with the buyer I am with". All the way to a red folder, which meant "I think I am in serious danger". etc. Hope that helps and hope everyone has a system like this set up for safety....carrying some mace couldn't hurt either folks, let's try to stay safe as we do lead a vulnerable profession.
Broker, CRS, GRI, ePro
Raving Real Estate
Laramie, WY 82070
It is so sad that you have to break the law to comply with the law (2nd amendment)
IN Florida, we respect the 2d amendment. If you ever decide to move to Florida, I will be so glad to welcome you with a packet for our CC license and congratulate you on your choice of leaving a city that doesn't like the US constitution. The current case in the US supreme court "Heller v. DC" may change all of that and then in Chicago, you will not be breaking the law just to protect yourself.
I agree with you and carry all of the time. ( a 22 is a little to small for me). I also have extensive training and have taught a few classes myself.
Anyway, when I saw this case, I just wanted to publish it where I might help make one more person aware of their surroundings.
Thank you so much for this information. It's scary and sometimes people think I am too paranoid when I leave the address located in a map with directions, who I am meeting with, at what time, and at what time I will return back.
I don't take anything for granted, safety comes first. I am truly sorry for and give my condolences to the family and friends of Mrs. Ann B. Nelson
Very sad indeed. Thanks for bringing this to our attention. An incident like this is a reminder to us all about how dangerous this profession can be. For your safety, always get a customers information and let someone know who you are meeting with, what time and where you're going to be. It's a good idea to have a time frame to follow up with your office or family contact person to both confirm the appointment is over and to let them know you are ok. If possible, bring someone along with you as a back up.
Our prayers go out to his family.
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