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Real estate predators spark alarm

Guest perspective: Realty security, awareness and prevention

The recent article "Realtor killings jolt Rookie" was a bit unsettling for me. I had to respond. I've been presenting personal security programs for 16 years. I've presented my "Realty Security: Awareness and Prevention" program to almost every major franchise and to 20 state associations and boards of Realtors. I'm also the featured expert on Realtor Safety in a segment coming up on Inside Edition during Realtor Safety Week. "Realtor killings jolt Rookie" obviously hit a nerve with rookies and seasoned professionals alike. Do not despair. Everything is going to be alright. In light of recent events, a little panic is ensuing. I know because I'm hearing it from my clients. The hardest part of my job is being the speaker at the meeting of an association after an unfortunate event has occurred. I'm an emotional person so it's not always easy for me. But it's what I know and it's my purpose. Early on in my career, I scared my clients. Big mistake. Now I empower them. I've learned that we...