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Houston Realtors Gather To Learn Survival Skills in Threatening Situations
Keller Williams Memorial Hosts Safety Presentation Tuesday, February 2 at 9 a.m.
HOUSTON, TX (February 2, 2016) – Following the 2014 slaying of an Arkansas Realtor and recent reports of men trying to lure female real estate agents to fake home showings, one of Houston’s largest residential real estate brokers wants to make sure its agents know what to do in a threatening situation.
On Tuesday, February 2 from 9 – 10: 30 a.m., Keller Williams Memorial Realty will host a presentation to help its Realtors understand how to stay out of situations that may jeopardize their personal safety and moreover, what to do if threatened.
The presentation will be held in the Keller Williams Memorial Realty training room at 950 Corbindale, Suite 100. It also will be streamed live for Keller Williams agents unable to attend the presentation.
“We’ve been working on our safety program for months,” says Betty Bezemer, a licensed Keller Williams agent who says while she has never encountered a threatening situation in her 29-year real estate career, she can’t think of anything more important to address. “It’s all about the love for the people we work with.”
Bezemer explains the Keller Williams Memorial agent safety program has been a top priority of the firm’s Agent Leadership Council.
“We’re working to give our agents the tactical information they need,” she adds.
A 2015 survey by the National Association of Realtors shows the typical agent meets only half the prospective buyers they do not know in a real estate office or a neutral location before first viewing a home.
Among its other findings:
- 40 percent of those surveyed have experienced a situation that made them fear for their personal safety or the safety of their personal information;
- 17 percent of those who carry a self-defense weapon carry pepper spray, 12 percent carry a firearm; and
- 13 percent use a Smart Phone app to track their whereabouts and alert colleagues in case of an emergency.