Warning! Fake client trying to lure agents to properties

by REP07 Nov 2014
1 – Bring a buddy
When asked why the agent was targeted, the alleged killer said: “Because she was just a woman that worked alone...”  Having another agent with you will automatically reduce your chances of becoming a victim. Plus, that second agent can help you show the property to more than one prospective buyer at a time, essentially doubling your efficiency.
2 – Follow, don’t lead
Never walk ahead of potential buyers, since this presents the evil-intentioned with the opportunity to overpower you. Instead, direct the potential buyer when showing the property. Say, “The kitchen is to your left,” and enter the space after them. This also provides the potential buyer with the opportunity to take in the space as clearly as possible.
3 – Check in
If you’ll be showing the home alone, be sure to tell someone you trust the address of the property and check in with that person every half hour or so. If you miss a check in, that person will know to attempt to contact you.
4 – Escape routes
Search the property for escape routes. If you find yourself in a disturbing situation, can you leave the house through the back door? Is there a side entrance through which you can escape? During your search for and mental note of escape routes, you can also perfect your knowledge of the home’s details.
5 – Open curtains and windows
In addition to adding to the home’s natural light and fresh ambiance, opening the curtains and windows allows passersby to look in and detect any trouble.

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  • by 11/7/2014 3:47:21 PM

    I try to take my husband with me on rural property showings (when I am meeting buyers or sellers for the first time). As he is a CF Member and deployed often, he got me some "bear spray" and a small pocket knife. I also have a 95lbs dog who comes when he can't.

  • by 11/7/2014 4:43:16 PM

    Hmmm. Interesting to read. Here in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island, BC, earlier this year we had a person professing to be a doctor from Toronto - same scenario. it came to light, again, because a few female agents were talking about "their" client only to find out that the same story had been told to more than one. Another reason I am, probably not popularly, against agent photographs on signs. I realise there are other ways of finding agents' photographs (online, realty paper) but the sign seems too easy. and, yes, I am a female agent.

  • by Farida Jones 11/7/2014 7:31:37 PM

    If we were to put our normal working day as female realtors into the context of online dating...Would you meet some unknown date at a vacant location or his home? It is time that we set the bar a little higher. Obtaining ID or pre-screening are not enough. Men should not assume we are always available willing and able....to show a property. CREA needs to launch a public campaign of awareness so the public does not have this expectation of us...and male realtors can also be vulnerable.

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