Realtor safety is one of those things that we all worry about from time to time.
It is back in the forefront again after a shooting at an open house that took the life of 27 year old Ashley Okland who was shot and killed on Friday in West Des Moines while holding an open house. Police are continuing their investigation. No suspect has been identified according to the Des Moine Register.
With REALTORS often in contact with people they do not know, either at open houses or with buyers who often contact them via the internet or by phone, they are often vulnerable to these types of safety issues. Many offices in Des Moine reportedly cancelled open houses in light of the tragedy.
Aside from the main question of holding open houses, other safety questions that REALTORS face are how much information to provide via the internet and social media as well as what self defense measures to take.
According the local real estate officials, each office was handling decisions on open houses on a case by case basis.
At RealEstateIndustryWatch, our prayers go out to Ashley’s family and friends as well as to her colleagues at this awful time of grief and sadness.