Ex-husband indicted in Realtor Crystal McDowell’s murder

A Texas man charged with strangling his ex-wife, a Realtor in Houston, was indicted last Thursday, according to The Houston Chronicle. A Chambers County grand jury leveled the murder charge against Steven McDowell nearly three months after Crystal McDowell, a beloved Realtor with Virginia Malone & Associates, went missing on Aug. 25 during the hours leading up to historic Hurricane Harvey’s destructive landfall …

Police believe son killed mother in Chapel Hill home for sale

The Chapel Hill police department released chilling news regarding two dead bodies found in a home by a Realtor on October …

Realtor finds two dead bodies inside home for sale

A 911 call placed by the unnamed Realtor detailed an encounter that no real estate agent ever wants to imagine: “I just walked in this house to preview it for a client and there’s a dead person in the bathroom.” …

2 fatal shootings involving real estate pros within one week

Two real estate professionals in different parts of the country were shot within the past few days, one on Friday and one on Monday …

Kansas City real estate agent arrested for homicide

A 27-year-old cold case murder has just seen new activity — and a real estate agent has been arrested as the perpetrator. On Oct. 19, Carolyn Heckert, who most recently worked for Reece and Nichols brokerage, was charged with premeditated first-degree…

How would you sell a ‘murder house’?

Murders, suicides, hauntings — all provoke prurient interest in the property that can often morph into a three-ring media circus. If you became the listing agent, would you downplay the media attention to avoid the property becoming more stigmatized, …

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…