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 …

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 …

Police say man facing burglary charges posed as a real estate agent

Police have attributed a series of burglaries in Boise and Meridian, Idaho, to a man who they say posed as a real estate agent …

Real estate broker arrested for stealing seller’s prescription drugs

A Renton, Washington, real estate broker is awaiting arraignment on burglary charges after a seller caught him stealing prescription drugs from his bedroom nightstand …

Las Vegas real estate agent stabbed while showing home

A Las Vegas real estate agent’s Friday evening showing turned violent last week when the agent was stabbed in the neck. Ryan Vega was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries on September …

5 simple tips for home showing safety

“Get out as fast as you can,” are your thoughts as panic washes over you. You hear the eerie sounds of a door shuffling on its hinges. You look back to see only shadows but no movement. You frantically fumble through your pockets in search for your key…

5 rookie mistakes made by first-time homebuyers

Becoming a first-time homebuyer is an exciting and often complex process. Summer is the busiest season for home sales, and new shoppers can easily get caught up in the thrilling pursuit of their dream home, which often leads to overlooking potential pr…

What agents need to know about spam ransomware campaigns

The real estate business involves intensive communication between agents, brokers, sellers and buyers. A great deal of this interaction takes place over email. Meanwhile, the present-day threats are increasingly harming businesses via email. In particular, that’s how the extremely dangerous crypto ransomware is circulating. …

The overlooked weak link in real estate safety

In recent years, a series of horrific headlines shined a light on the serious issue of safety for real estate agents. Like most things in life, as time passed after each tragedy, we seem to go back to our regular routines without investing the time and…