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Realtor killings jolt Rookie

Real estate business full of danger
Published on Aug 31, 2004

When I decided to go into the real estate sales business last year, I knew that my new career would include certain risks. A big interest-rate run-up could send sales tumbling, for example, or I could get sued if I screw up a deal. The thought that I could get killed, however, never crossed my mind–until I read about the recent murders of two different agents in separate parts of the country. As Inman News reported earlier this month, a suspect has already been arrested in the shooting of Garland Taylor, an Albuquerque Realtor who was found dead in a luxury home where he had held an open house earlier in the day. Just a few weeks earlier, the body of L.A.-area Realtor Julia Buchanan "Deede" Keller was found in San Diego, wrapped in a yellow blanket and stuffed inside the trunk of her car. No one has been arrested in Keller's murder, which suggests that her killer is still on the loose. Certain types of professions have clearly known risks. I know several cops and firefighters,...

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