AgentBrokerage

Agent killings highlight need for buddy system

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

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," Sgt. John Urquhart of the King County Police recently said. Has any recent progress been made? "The fact that it's not on the shelf is good news," Urquhart said. The Iowa incident occurred in a show home that showcas...

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