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Safety Top of Mind

Published Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The news of Arkansas REALTOR® Beverly Carter’s abduction and death brought the issue of industry safety to new heights last week. News accounts from across the country, and here in central Indiana, have focused on measures REALTORS® and others can take to ensure their safety. MIBOR President Janet Jernigan participated in media coverage last week and offered, “this incident is utterly tragic and our hearts go out to Beverly Carter’s family and coworkers. What happened to Beverly Carter has hit home for all of us. However, it’s an excellent reminder to practice this business safely every day.” 

Jernigan urges that there are many common sense practices that can go a long way, particularly when meeting a new client for the first time. For example:

  • Make sure your brokerage has a safety plan in place and all agents are educated about its contents
  • When meeting a new client for the first time, meet at the office or in a pubic setting
  • Ask for ID and/or ask the client to complete an information sheet with basic identification information such as name, address, license number
  • Introduce new clients to someone else in the office  
  • Drive to showings in separate cars
  • Tell someone the address of where you will be and when you should be expected back

These measures and many others are outlined by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). The resources include specific tips for open house safety and suggested conversations to have with clients. Click here to access.