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REALTOR® Safety - The Beverly Carter Story

"Your safety in real estate is non-negotiable" was the title of a session we did yesterday with Carl Carter, son of Beverly Carter who was abducted and murdered during what seemed like a routine interaction with a potential all cash buyer. 

Carl's live-stream feed from the cloud to the industry yesterday was more than just a very powerful, moving presentation and very touching story, it was a REALTOR® safety testimony that only someone with his background and experience could deliver.

His life, story and presentation are an impactful combination of harrowing details involving his mother's story while providing practical industry anecdotes and takeaways for active agents worldwide. Let's face it, we are surrounded by good people as much as we are some very bad people. 

Angela Sams, an agent in Edgewater, Maryland once beat a man with a broom stick and chased him all the way to the end of the street. She broke the broom and had to buy the client a new one.

Here's a recording of the session if you're interested. If nothing else, I hope this creates a greater awareness that having a plan, a strategy, an accountability group or anything that can keep us safer is critical. Safety is the last thing many agents think about when they go out to help a client.

Carl Carter's mission and passion are to take his mother's experience and use it as an inspiration to help make positive changes in agents' business safety and to help save lives. Here's where you can make a significant difference in the world by sharing this information with others you care about and love.

Some of the takeaways included the lessons learned from Beverly Carter's Story.  The power of discovering efficient processes and finding safer practices. Examining our personal marketing for mixed messages. Establishing better and more efficient safety partnerships & accountability.

The National Associations of REALTORS® honored Beverly Carter in this article, 'Beverly Carter, You Left a Legacy' read more...  Inman News also shared a resourceful article about agents using apps and wearable tech to stay safe. read more...

One useful resource to check out is Search maps or by reports. Just knowing your market and what homes are for sale isn't enough anymore. There are a plethora of apps, tools and methods available which can keep us all be safer, I'd even suggest taking a self-defense course.


NAR published 56 Safety Tips for REALTORS
which has some awesome tips, definitely worth a view.  

Please share this with every active agent you know, both men and women because no one is exempt and your safety and health are truly Non-Negotiable.




"Learn More. Get More. Do More. Be More."

Comment balloon 51 commentsBrad Andersohn • January 14 2017 03:41PM


Brad Andersohn  Yet agents still meet strangers at properties all the time . Will we never learn . Do you really think wearable tech app is enough . We have to stop meeting strangers . Meet at the office cash or not sit down with the client have an initial interview . Ours lives are more precious then commissions

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376 (HomeStarr Realty) about 4 years ago

I have a conceal and carry permit and I make sure I am not put into a corner and I will use force if need be

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) about 4 years ago

Hi Brad

THANK YOU for sharing this. It's message that bears repeating over and over. ALL of us have to be concerned about the possibility of a safety issue and always be mindful, and take precautions at all times.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California, Inc.) about 4 years ago

There is a lot of information here to digest and I appreciate your post Brad Andersohn 

I hope this last week was awesome for you!

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker! (Fathom Realty Washington LLC) about 4 years ago

A sad reminder of how bad guys trap Realtors...I saw the whole detailed story when one of the networks did a detail timeline of it... women especially as Realtors need to do showings the right way for protection

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) about 4 years ago

Thanks for this immensely important post Brad. I'm with Jeff. This is a message that bears repeating over and over. 

Posted by Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices (Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268) about 4 years ago

It is better to be safe.  Meet these people at the office first. A good reminder of what can happen.

Posted by Rose Mary Justice, Synergy Realty Pros (Synergy Realty Pros) about 4 years ago

Brad- once again..welcome back.  We cannot be reminded of this enough.  Wearable apps are good but agents need to take action before it comes to this.  

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) about 4 years ago

Brad Andersohn - nice to see you again at AR.

It is easy to give the opportunities to these miscreants, just by not following basic safety guidelines.

Kudos to these ladies that fought these offenders.

We are in the era of apps - and one should definitely make the best use of these resources.

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) about 4 years ago

                                     Thank you Brad Andersohn 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) about 4 years ago

Hi Brad - I am a positive, upbeat person, but we do need to be reminded again and again to be careful. Last week I read of an AZ real estate agent, a male, whose body was discovered after going missing a couple of years ago; yes, it has been ruled a homicide, and his last known whereabouts had him on his way to show a remote property.

Wishing you and yours a great 2017.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) about 4 years ago

Too many agents think they are doing themselves a service and their clients by going out alone for a first meeting.

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 ) about 4 years ago

So sad that these events keep happening.  Being diligent in using safe practices is so important and keeps us safe.  Thank  you for sharing. 

Posted by Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN (Value Added Service, 602-620-2699) about 4 years ago

I have met the family in Arkansas and they are wonderful people who are coping with something many of us can't imagine. The Arkansas Association has some terrific videos on REALTOR® safety that are free to use.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) about 4 years ago

Brad,  I do not believe we can be too careful.  Some may fear "losing" an opportunity with a client ... and rarely consider losing their life in the process.

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist, Probate Real Estate (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) about 4 years ago

Welcome back and thanks for sharing so others can be more careful.

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 4 years ago

Thank you for sharing. We can't be too careful.

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty) about 4 years ago

Good morning Brad. I don't know an agent who hasn't at some point in their career met a stranger at a property. Most of us were lucky. This certainly brings it home.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) about 4 years ago

Good morning Brad Andersohn ,

I'm so glad to see you back! Thanks for a very important post. We can't be too careful when showing property. I've moved to a 76%  position of sellers versers buyers this year and looking to move it to 85%. Buyers must come in to the office first to meet with me. If they don't not working with them.

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899) about 4 years ago

If her murder won't wake us up, I don't know what will? Start worrying about your safety every minute of everyday!!!

Posted by Sham Reddy CRS, CRS (H E R Realty, Dayton, OH) about 4 years ago

Good info, Brad!  We like to feel good about others and believe we can trust everyone we meet, but not everyone can be trusted.

Posted by Ed Rybczynski, Your Source for Local Real Estate (Integrity Real Estate) about 4 years ago

The word ActiveBrad proven and appreciated thank you

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) about 4 years ago

Thank you for the reminder. I hope all real estate agents will read this post and learn from it 

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) about 4 years ago

This is a great reminder, Brad.  Thank you.

Posted by Chris Lima, Local or Global-Allow me to open doors for you. (Atlantic Shores Realty Expertise) about 4 years ago

Great reminder that there is nothing more important than personal safety.

Posted by Susan Haughton, Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results. (Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545) about 4 years ago

Wow, Brad, this was a tough one. Listening to your gut is one of those things that can't necessarily be taught, but is just as important and learning (successfully) how to defend yourself. To take such a tragedy that her son and family went through and to honor it by becoming inspired to save others is an amazing way to get over a lifelong horrible memory.  Beverly's beautiful spirit lives on. 

Posted by Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905 (John L Scott Market Center) about 4 years ago

Very powerful to hear what happened to her.  Thank you for hosting this and sharing it.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) about 4 years ago

Brad, this was so sad to hear. I've shared the video on my business FB page and our Board's page. Every Realtor needs to hear this.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate about 4 years ago

Brad, I did not realize you are back on the platform, our friend Jeff Dowler  re-blogged your post so here I am...what a sad story and everyone needs to be aware, Endre

p.s.: I see it got featured...good for you... helps getting the word out...

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) about 4 years ago

Thank you for sharing this.  I will definitely think about ways to stay safe following watching this video.  

Posted by Beth Bromund, REALTOR (248) 651-3500 (Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel) about 4 years ago

Thank you for the reminder that we always need to be vigilant and safe.

Posted by Sybil Campbell, Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida about 4 years ago

A very nice post on a very sad topic. We as an industry have been way too trusting and too often have overlooked safety concerns. This is a great wake-up call.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Realty) about 4 years ago

I can see why Kathy chose to highlight your post this week...great job!

Posted by Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold! (RE/MAX Realty Center ) about 4 years ago

Hers was such a sad story and we do need to be mindful everyday to be careful first!

Posted by Sussie Sutton, David Tracy Real Estate for Buyers & Sellers (David Tracy Real Estate) about 4 years ago

This safety issue can never be stressed enough!  Thanks so much for this link, Brad.  

Posted by Carol Williams, Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager (Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals.) about 4 years ago

It is such a horrible event. That we can't trust anymore is sad. I will not meet new clients at a showing. I always take my Husband. I also do not hold open houses by myself anymore.

Posted by Jani Bielenberg about 4 years ago

Important info for every agent to know & keep in mind, thanks for sharing.

Posted by John Meussner, #MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852 (Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,) about 4 years ago

Glad to see this post getting the attention that it is. Your safety deserves your priority so thank you ActiveRain for featuring this and helping to get the word out there! :)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 4 years ago

Beverly will live on in the valuable lesson that came out of this horrific experience.  I will never forget.  I will honor her and her family by learning from this and being more cautious and less trusting.  Because this should not have happened to this lovely strong woman.  We have to change.

Posted by Amy Gutschow, Professional Real Estate (RE/MAX) about 4 years ago

Dear Brad,

Yes. Good to be vigilant. A new broom is a cheap price for your life. Hopefully, it was a lesson for the perpetrator too. 

Posted by Dörte Engel, ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland (RE/MAX Leading Edge) about 4 years ago

Good points to remember, since most of our business is done solo. Good to carry something that will make a loud noise that can be set off if we smell trouble. It might startle the perpetrator and provide an opportunity to get the heck out of Dodge.

Posted by Cheryl Dukes . . . . . Intown Atlanta (Solid Source Realty, Inc.) about 4 years ago

Hi Brad, this post and topic is essential to go over, even if it is a refresher.  We do our best to initially meet clients in a safe place; and back that up with 2nd Amendment Apps.  An "electronic" app I often take is a Guard Dog Flashlight that has a powerful flashlight beam that can easily be switched to a 4 million volt Bug Zapper.  John and Kat

Posted by Alexander- Slocum, Realty Team- Vancouver WA Real Estate (Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington) about 4 years ago

Hi John & Kat - got to get me one of those... as long as it's "Andersohn" proof and I don't blind the dog and shock myself!?!?  DOH~ 

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 4 years ago

I am sorry for Mr. Carter's loss, and for the loss to your industry of a colleague. This is a critical message for anyone who may go alone into an unknown space - realtors, inspectors, cleaning people, repairpeople, my colleagues and I. She had such a beautiful smile.

Posted by Lauren Williams, CPO, CVO, Professional Organizer: Puget Sound homes (Casual Uncluttering LLC) about 4 years ago

Hi Lauren Williams, thank you for reading and taking the time to comment. You're absolutely right in that this safety awareness applies to any industry professional that has to go into unknown spaces with unknown people!! 

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 4 years ago

Yet agents argue with me when I say I won't go run out and show property. I'll schedule it with pre-approved buyers or documented POF cash buyers. No paperwork, no showings. Tell your office where you'll be when you go show alone. Get ID's before you show.  Many agents put their photo on their cards and marketing and it's like a criminals fantasy. Pick your victim and get them to a vacant home conveniently for your crime. And the gung ho go and then we remember them. I lost an associate to a violent crime showing in 1999, so I'm extremely intense about this topic. That and I'm the son and brother of cops.

Posted by Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets, & Host of Postcards From Success Podcast (Big Block Realty 858.232.8722) about 4 years ago

Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, CRS - being that your the son and brother to cops, I'm grateful to you and your family for helping spread the "REALTOR SAFETY" message and also for sharing your tips and suggestions. Thank you. :)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 4 years ago

Hi Brad!  Well, this one hits home, for sure. I like the idea of an exit strategy when approached...and love the story about the agent chasing the perp down the street, breaking a broom beating him!  I don't know how fast many of us 'old' folks can run these days but, we really do need to have a strategy - and practice that. 

Welcome back!  SO happy to see you here - you just have no idea!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! ( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) almost 4 years ago

Brad I hear they never filled your old job here:))Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) almost 4 years ago

Debe Maxwell - soon we'll have so many agents across the country that are ready, armed and prepared for these morons that they'll have to actually avoid the swarm of agents when these circumstances arise. We must BAND together, stick together, and come together when in need. We can build a resistance that protects and keeps all our agents in America safe and secure. 

It's great to be back and Active in the rain, looking forward to a great year. Lets catch up soon, it's been way toooooo long.  :-)



Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 4 years ago

Endre Barath, Jr. - That could be a good thing... or a bad thing depending on how you look at it? lol~ I think everyone in the community picked up the pieces and carried the baton toward the finish line when I left. What a great community!

I love to work and play in the rain. :)  Be safe out there my friend.

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 4 years ago