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Des Moines Association of Realtors steps up its safety game

The Iowa chapter is putting clients’ minds at ease when it comes to showings and open houses

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Takeaways: Safety is a common concern in real estate. The Des Moines Area Association of Realtors (DMAAR) has developed a program and pledge to protect both agents and their clients during the buying and selling process. The program includes an optional seller/broker contract to only allow homes to be shown to serious sellers. Working in real estate means interacting with strangers on a semi-regular basis. While this is true for many industries, most careers don't require the one-on-one interaction -- often in someone's private abode -- that real estate involves. Given the nature of the job, safety is a common concern, which is why the Des Moines Area Association of Realtors (DMAAR) has developed a program and pledge to protect both agents and their clients during the buying and selling process. These initiatives follow the murder of Ashley Okland, a 27-year old agent, which occurred four years ago at a showing in West Des Moines. The DMAAR hopes their programs will...