Selling homes of the dead: Do you divulge their bloody past?

Having been in the real estate business nearly a decade, I’ve run across my fair share of homes with a few skeletons in the closet. Usually, it’s your typical leaky cauldron — I mean sink — or the deep dark holes under the home (I’m serious on that o…

Podcast: Beverly Carter’s son speaks out on agent safety

The tragic abduction and murder of Arkansas Realtor Beverly Carter was a wake-up call for real estate professionals nationwide. It shocked us out of complacency and reminded us that safety is a daily concern in our profession. …

Staying safe from predators: Part 2

To avoid being picked for the “interview” in the first place, be aware of the way you portray yourself on social media and both on your personal and company websites. As real estate professionals, you should have private social profiles just for person…

Staying safe from predators: Part 1

In our society, we hold onto many myths that put could us in grave danger. One of the most common is the myth of the straggly haired stranger. We think that dangerous people look creepy, unkempt, are unemployed and uneducated, and stick out like sore t…

It’s time to tell agents they can no longer meet with complete strangers in empty houses

This past weekend, an agent in my local market was holding a new construction home open when two men arrived, said they worked for the builder and were there to pick up materials. As they loaded their truck, she became …

Real estate workplace deaths again on the rise

The number of real estate professionals killed on the job has risen, and while homicides are down some, other causes of death like falls and deaths in traffic accidents are on the rise, according to the latest figures from the …

Haunted real estate: Realtor recalls frightening experiences as a newbie

If you have been in the real estate business for any length of time, sooner or later you will hear about a house that has a scary history. What’s frightening, however, is when you experience it firsthand. I’ve had my …

‘Stigmatized’ homes can be bargains

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