AgentBrokerage

Agent killings highlight need for buddy system

How criminals prey on common 'showing' habits
Published on May 17, 2011

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It's been 10 years and the case is still open.

No arrests have been made in the Seattle area's most infamous real estate murder that took the life of a respected agent representing the region's largest company. A recent killing in Iowa rekindled stark reminders of the incident and sparked a review of safety precautions by brokers everywhere.

On Jan. 5, 2001, the body of Michael Emert, 40, an agent with Windermere Real Estate since 1991, was discovered in a home for sale in Woodinville, a community in the high-tech corridor northeast of Seattle. Police believe Emert, then an agent in the Bellevue office, might have been showing the home to a prospective buyer when he was stabbed to death.

"The case of Mike Emert is an open and active case,&qu

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