A recent article with safety suggestions for real estate agents reminded me of one of the dumbest things I did as a real estate newbie over twenty years ago. I showed a vacant house with no power to a perfect stranger at night by flashlight. His wife was to accompany him but he showed up alone. I was of the opinion the showing must go on, and completed the showing unharmed.
Fortunately, the prospective buyer turned out to be a good guy and really was opening a restaurant in the LA area. This was long before you could Google someone, and as I recall no one knew where I was or who I was showing property to that evening. Gasp, yes I really did that, but I would never do it again.
I now work with my son. Since we began using a photo of the two of us in our marketing pieces there has been a noticeable drop in the number of calls I receive from the weird and unstable people trolling real estate magazines and online photos for a woman to harass and stalk.
I've received calls with heavy breathers, marriage proposals and those that begin with, "I'm looking at your picture..." However, maybe it's because I'm older, but I'm convinced the recent decline is due to the presence of a man beside me in the photo we began using in 2012.
Perhaps it is time to evaluate whether personal photos are essential to our marketing plan and overall success in real estate.
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