I am sitting here thinking of what is going on in the world. We turn on the news and most of what we see is violence- violence against children, and violence against women. It is no wonder we have our guard up sometimes when meeting new people.
With the line of work I do, I come into contact with many people and some of them are complete strangers. Since the recent death of Beverly Carter, a realtor from Arkansas, I have made myself more aware of surroundings and the people I show homes to.
One thing I have always done with new clients is let them lead the way in the home we are viewing. I learned this tip my first year into real estate. I don't want to be caught by surprise from behind. I also leave a note to my family of the place and time of home showings. Another thing I have done is ask my husband to call my cell phone during showings to see if I am okay. He would be able to tell in my voice if there was an emergency. My phone also has a tracking device if my husband couldn't reach me. Something new I purchased since Beverly Carter's death is pepper spray. I will carry this in one hand and my phone in another.
I enjoy meeting people and talking with them about finding their dream home or selling their home. It is very sad to think I have to arm myself doing a job I am passionate about because of a small percentage of people. I will continue being a realtor because I find it very rewarding working with buyers and sellers. I will not let the violence we see on television control my ability to do my job. I will just be more aware of how to keep myself safe.