Today we’re discussing a topic that is often overlooked in real estate: Safety. And not just in regards to realtors, but consumers, too! In today’s episode, Angela Shields, CEO of The Tennessee Realtors, provides us with some case studies that act as perfect examples of why safety should always come first. Tune in to hear Angela tell the story of a realtor who barely made it out of a home showing alive, and find out why even a consumer should verify the legitimacy of their realtor. The moral of the story? If you see something, say something. It could save someone’s life…or your own.
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Time Stamped Show Notes:
- 00:50 – Introducing Angela Shields, the CEO of The Tennessee Realtors
- 01:20 – Angela represents the state and realtors of Tennessee
- 01:43 – They support all the realtors that are part of the local associations, do legislative work to protect private property rights, and watch out for consumer
- 02:21 – They also educate realtors
- 03:20 – The importance of realtor safety for the realtor and consumer
- 03:53 – It’s important to know with whom you’re doing business
- 04:34 – Story of when a realtor needed protection
- 04:45 – In San Antonio, TX she got a call that a realtor had been attacked by someone who had been referred to her
- 05:22 – She took the person to see a few houses, and at one house the person walked around, disappeared, went to the attic, and came back down with a pipe
- 05:42 – He hit her with the pipe, she ran outside to the porch, tried to flag multiple vehicles, and started to run to her car
- 06:30 – She ran towards the road, a car full of teenagers stopped for her and pulled her into their car, and he chased them in his car; luckily they found a cop
- 07:15 – He had everything in his trunk to tie her up and kill her; he was convicted of attempted murder and the kids had saved her life
- 07:30 – What Janice is doing now
- 07:45 – After she recuperated, she began teaching classes on safety; her name is Janice Tisdale
- 08:14 – Her background helped her survive the attack and the story gives hope for the integrity of our future generations
- 09:55 – She tells her story to help others avoid what she went through; in real estate, there are reasons realtors take precautions like asking for I.D. and meeting in public
- 10:30 – Realtors are always giving back and Janice is an example of that; for years, she came in every month to teach the safety portion of new member orientation
- 12:00 – The consumer side of realtor safety; the public doesn’t know who they’re dealing with, either
- 12:30 – Angela heard of a case where a realtor had a mental health issue; it became an issue over time, until finally a consumer and the association had to face it
- 13:00 – It can be dangerous for the consumer and that realtor eventually left the business and sought treatment
- 13:30 – Brokers have things in place to protect their agents and the consumers
- 14:00 – We need a constant conversation regarding licensure and regulations that’ll keep people safe
- 14:35 – If you see something, say something
- 15:50 – There’s a difference between someone having a bad day and someone having an actual mental health issue
- 16:40 – Have safety policies set in your office: Code words, let someone know where you are and with whom, and ask for a license and research (as a consumer)
- Contact Angela: http://firstname.lastname@example.org
3 Key Points
- Oftentimes your background experience will prove beneficial in real estate.
- Upkeep safety policies and procedures – whether you’re a realtor or a consumer.
- If you see something, say something.