Why Do I Refuse to Meet Strangers?

If you’ve been online or turned on the news this week you probably read about the Real Estate Agent, Beverly Carter, who went missing after a showing and then was found dead. As a Real Estate Agent this tragic event hits close to home and has affected the entire real estate community, but it has also validated my strict policy of not meeting strangers at properties.

Over the years I have had several prospective home buyers and tenants get very angry with me for refusing to jump in my car and meet them at a property, but that is not how I run my business. First and foremost I need to determine whether or not I am able to assist the prospective client with their real estate needs, if I can then I will verify their qualifications and identity. Once all of this takes place then and only then will I meet a person at a property.

Will I lose business because of my strict “not meeting strangers” policy? Absolutely, but arriving home safe and sound to my family is more important than a possible paycheck. I do not care if a stranger wants to view a $100,000 home or a $10M home my policy is the same for everyone.

My heart goes out to Beverly’s family and I pray real estate agents stop meeting strangers at properties, letting people know where you are going just isn’t good enough.

If you are a home buyer or renter looking for a hardworking, professional, ambitious REALTOR that’s me, if you are looking for a door opener that is not me and after this tragic event I really hope it’s none of my colleagues either.

Rest In Peace Beverly Carter, may your unfortunate death save the lives of others. 

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Why Do I Refuse to Meet Strangers? | Wellington Florida Real Estate
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The real estate community lost an agent this week, which has reinforced my strict policy of not meeting strangers at properties.
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  1. We’ve discussed this a lot in my office and I still find it hard to believe that some realtors think it’s their job to meet strangers at empty houses without any protection. Protection can come in many ways including information about the person they are meeting that’s shared with their office (Elizabeth would take pictures of the license plate of their car when they arrived and send it to me, the buyer was always surprised by that, and any thoughts of doing something bad probably disappeared immediately). Or course she also has a carry permit and several choices of weapons depending on how she’s dressed. She prefers her 38 snub nose smith and wesson. It’s small, light, and easy to shoot.

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