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November 2014

Realtor's murder prompts reminders to re-educate on safety practices

November 2014 - NWREporter

NWREporter - November 2014. REALTORS® everywhere got a sad reminder of the need to be ever-vigilant when planning to meet clients or show homes. On September 30 -- the final day of REALTOR® Safety Month - the body of Beverly Carter was discovered shortly after the Arkansas REALTOR® had been kidnapped and murdered.

Ms. Carter, a broker at the Little Rock office of Crye-Leike, was reported missing on Sept. 25 after she was scheduled to meet an unknown person for a showing. Her car, with purse and wallet inside, was found at the home, but investigators found no trace of her or a crime, setting off a widespread search.

Beverly CarterShortly after the discovery of the body, a suspect was arrested and charged with capital murder.

In a statement following news of the tragedy, the owners of Crye-Leike lauded Ms. Carter, calling her a gracious mentor, a top agent, and a loving wife, mother and grandmother. They also expressed appreciation to volunteers who assisted with the search, and to REALTORS® across the country who have reached out in support of the victim's family, friends and colleagues.

The Arkansas REALTORS® Association is collecting donations in Beverly Carter's name through their Hearts & Homes program. For more information, visit arkansasrealtors.com

The latest incident involving a crime against a REALTOR® prompted reminders about the risks of working in real estate, and precautions brokers should take.

Miki Bass, CEO of the Arkansas REALTOR® Association, suggested the days when a stranger calls a number on a sign to have somebody show up and meet you at a vacant home "need to go away." Instead, REALTORS® are being urged to meet prospective clients in their office to complete a Prospect Identification Form and have their driver's license photocopied and shared with a colleague or family member.

In a statement, NAR 2014 president-elect Chris Polychron, expressed condolences "to everyone whose life Beverly touched." Noting he is both a REALTOR® and an Arkansan, the people in his industry face many forms of risk. "As an industry, we collectively work very hard to promote safety awareness among our members. We are fully committed to educating REALTORS® about potential threats and providing them with resources to protect themselves."

NAR's REALTOR® Safety resources include articles and blog posts, presentations and videos, webinars and training courses, and tools at realtor.org/safety

Please see "Self Defense Seminar for Realtors."