When you think of dangerous jobs, a police officer, firefighter or roofer may come to mind. But real estate agent?
For those of you who don’t sell real estate, you probably wouldn’t think our job is dangerous, so I wanted to share some things we do on a daily basis that may change how you think about our profession.
OPEN HOUSES, AN INVITATION FOR TROUBLE
Open houses can flat out be dangerous. When an agent decides to have an open house, they are basically inviting the public to come by. And while most attendees are harmless, there are bad people out there looking to prey on innocent victims. Every year, there are stories of attacks on agents, and this can happen in any neighborhood not just in the rough parts of town.
This type of thing does happen, and most veteran agents can relay numerous odd and sometimes dangerous encounters they’ve had with strangers. In fact, an agent in my office had this near miss a few years ago.
She was at a very large home situated on 5 acres and somewhat isolated from the neighbors. A man came in, walked around, and left. He later came back with another man and they asked the agent if she would show them around the basement. Being alert and feeling threatened, she refused and politely excused herself outside to make a call ( she called for help ), and the men luckily left without incident.
THE INTERNET CREATES CHAOS
Back in the day, if a buyer wanted to see homes, they had to visit their local real estate office and personally meet with an agent to see their “book” of listings. The Internet didn’t exist.
Now that information is so readily available on line, many potential home buyers ( those that don’t have an agent ) simply find a home they like and call the listing agent to show it to them. Sadly enough, most agents gladly oblige. Basically, these agents are meeting total strangers at homes, some which are vacant or isolated. Can you see the potential dangers here? Can you imagine a doctor, lawyer or other business professional meeting a total stranger at a vacant home?
Unfortunately, since real estate agents are on commission, many turn a blind eye to the dangers of the situation and decide to meet people at a home with the hopes of making a sale.
OTHER DANGERS OF OUR JOB
Besides meeting with strangers, we are out and about at different homes and neighborhoods, encountering all sorts of things, like:
Vicious dogs or other animals – I came face to face with a raccoon once that somehow got inside a vacant home, not pleasant.
Disgruntled Owners – Nothing worse than trying to help someone sell their home only to have the owner’s son, fresh out of prison, decide to pull a knife on you because he didn’t want mom to sell. ( This happened to a friend of mine ).
Nosy Neighbors – I know many agents who have had the police called on them by next door neighbors who thought they were breaking in to the home.
Rough Neighborhoods – Depending on where an agent works, some do encounter gangs when showing homes in certain parts of town.
There is always risk involved when dealing with the public, and this holds especially true for real estate agents. To combat this problem, some agents work in teams, some carry concealed weapons, and others avoid working open houses and meeting strangers at homes.
So if you know any real estate agents, hopefully you will now have a little compassion for what we do because it is a lot more dangerous than most people think.
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