How real estate agents can keep themselves safe every day

Learn exactly what type of crime affects the industry and how real estate agents can arm themselves with the best information, resources, tools and apps to stay safe. 

How to respond when clients ask: ‘Is this a safe neighborhood?’

Safety is always at the top of the list for people buying a new home. A recent study from the online listing site Trulia shows that people are even willing to give up a lot in exchange for an added sense of security.

Listen to audio of suspicious caller ‘Dwayne Bergeman,’ who’s prompted Realtor safety alerts

We can now hear the voice of the serial caller reported to have targeted dozens of female real estate agents with unsettling conversations across at least 13 states over the past six months …

NYC real estate agents are getting creepy calls from a fake Sarah Jessica Parker photographer

A 25-year-old agent, who spoke to Inman on the condition her name and brokerage would not be identified, said that between January and March she and five female colleagues received a deluge of disturbing calls from a man claiming to be a London photogr…

Suspicious serial caller ‘Dwayne Bergeman’ targets agents in Arizona

The Arizona call follows previous incidents in Baton Rouge, Lousiana; Salem and Portland in Oregon; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Boston, Massachusetts; Little Rock, Arkansas; and parts of North Carolina and Hawaii, said Courtney and Carter …

Bombing suspect dead, Austin real estate community remains vigilant

The jarring news brought some relief to the anxiety permeating the Texas capital, where residents were on high alert for more bombings. Austin police said Conditt was thought to be behind all the attacks — four package bomb explosions and one tripwire…

FBI and NAR offer 10 ways to guard against real estate cyber scams

Although technology has made real estate transactions quicker, more seamless and increasingly transparent, it has also made buyers, sellers and real estate professionals vulnerable to cybercriminals looking to cash in …

FBI and NAR offer 10 ways to guard against real estate cyber scams

Although technology has made real estate transactions quicker, more seamless and increasingly transparent, it has also made buyers, sellers and real estate professionals vulnerable to cybercriminals looking to cash in …

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 …

11 things sellers should do once the for sale sign is in the ground

The sellers have decluttered, painted, made repairs and spiffed up the landscaping. The curb appeal is at its best. After the long process of getting the home listed, the for sale sign is up. Now what …