Most of you have heard or read the tragic story about Beverly Carter, an Arkansas real estate agent. A mother of 3 sons who jumped into real estate about a year after one of her sons died from a car accident. She put all of her focus and energy in real estate then and became top agent in her brokerage firm.
Her body was found after being kidnapped while showing a home to a potential client. She was doing her job, a job that most people do not understand the dangers and complexities of. According to this news article, the suspect targeted her because she is “a woman who worked alone and she is a rich broker.” I am writing today to honor her and to help people understand what being a real estate agent really means.
When you make the decision to go into real estate, most times you don’t understand what you are getting yourself into! Realtor education is not recognized at a college level, so it is assumed that it is easy. It is not. There is a lot of information bundled into a class with extensive tests on the information. This includes local and federal laws, policies, procedures, real estate forms, and more. Most real estate agents go on to get advanced certifications to improve themselves, and most states require continued education throughout an agent’s career.
Once you are licensed, the complexity doesn’t stop. Listing and selling homes is only the beginning. To be successful, an agent must put aside all fears and jump into the world of real estate. There is success and defeat, and this can mean either getting a paycheck or not.
There is also constant stress during negotiations. As a Realtor®, I am assisting my clients in spending hundreds of thousands of dollars purchasing the MOST expensive item in their lifetime. It is important to me that they are happy with their decisions, and are confident that I can help them make the right decision for them.
A good, producing agent can work anywhere from 60 to 100 hours per week, and are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Agents work long hours, and a lot of this time is spent with new clients or doing open houses alone. There is always fear when showing a home or doing an open house alone.
If you are in the real estate industry, please take precautions when meeting clients. If you are a client, please don’t be offended when an agent takes precautions to protect themselves, as they do it for the safety of themselves and for you.
Our thoughts go out to the friends and family of Beverly Carter. We at Haylen Group are here to help you with all of your real estate needs! If you are unsure what your options are, call Helen Chong at (408) 800-LIST or email at Helen@HaylenGroup.com. You can also visit us at our website for available listings and additional information.