Dear SAR REALTOR®and Affiliate Members,
September is REALTOR® Safety Month. A few months ago, I was doing a virtual showing via Facetime with one of my out-of-town buyer clients at a single family home. I opened the lockbox, entered the home and locked the door behind me, quickly looked around the house, and then called my clients to start the virtual showing. About 5 minutes in, someone started pounding on the front door. There was a very angry-sounding person outside demanding to come inside "because he left something in there". And the angry knocking and yelling continued. I did not open the door. And, because I had quickly done a tour of the house, I knew I could exit through the backdoor and through a gate to the alley. You can bet I got the heck out of there and drove away with the key with me. My clients witnessed the entire thing on Facetime and were terrified I would be harmed. And I was terrified I would be harmed! I called the seller and listing agent and apologized, and arranged to bring the key back later. And no, that angry knocker was not anyone known to the seller.