Archives December, 2014


Promoting REALTOR® Safety in 2015

Lockbox_80997277Nothing pleases us more than to see the economy of Southwest Florida cooking on all four burners again. From retail and manufacturing to tourism and home sales, 2014 has been an exceptional year for each of the region’s major economic drivers. Moreover, we suspect the sizzle will only intensify as another season of bitter cold and snow—amid drastically lowering gas prices and rising consumer confidence—conspire to bring winter-weary visitors here again in record numbers. Personal Safety and Security As our busiest season for home buying approaches, the agents of Michael Saunders & Company look forward to helping you claim your place in the Florida sun; and thus dig out once and for all from winter’s nastier surprises. That being said, events of the recent past have provided a sobering reminder that real estate agents everywhere must begin the New Year by rededicating themselves to matters of personal safety and security during the daily discharge of their duties. REALTORS® typically earn their living working solo, often escorting people they’ve only just met through properties that are vacant or temporarily unoccupied—and frequently on a moment’s notice. Unfortunately, such circumstances often set them up as targets for criminal activity. This past summer, for example, an agent in Arkansas was reported missing after showing a rural home to someone whom hindsight shows had no intention of buying. Days later, after she was found murdered, her accused killer freely admitted that he seized on the opportunity to attack the woman because he had no doubt she would be alone. As season approaches and our market continues to attract buyers from all over the world, we have made refresher safety training a number one priority for each of our more than 600 agents. Please help us succeed in this important endeavor by doing your part. (more…)

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