Safety Alert From LGAR

By Kelli Moss posted 10 days ago

  
An LGAAR Member filed a police report last week because of suspicious behavior displayed by a potential Buyer
This alert was reprinted with permission of the Lake Geauga Area Association of REALTORS
The member reported that the potential client crossed the line when they sent inappropriate photos and asked the member for their picture.
The potential buyer was looking for acreage with dense woods
and wanted to walk the land. They said they were a truck driver and also was recently a manager at a chemical plant and planned to pay with cash. When the member researched the name and phone number, a record of domestic violence and assault was discovered.

The police contacted the potential
client and warned that person to cease contact with the member.We share this situation with you as a reminder to be safe!

A few safety reminders:
  • Always request pre application or proof of funds prior to meeting new clients
  • Always trust your gut if something does not sound right
  • Don't dismiss suspicious incidents that don’t result in an attack
  • Link your Showings to a calendar to share with another person
  • Always notify someone when your showings are and where you'll be
  • Should you feel unsure about a showing, notify the office or broker
  • Research the person before meeting them
  • If you feel in immediate danger, never delay -Immediately call the police!
  • Always have your phone with you

Safety is a real threat. Here are 2 links with advice to protect yourself and help keep you from becoming a victim:  CLICK HERE and HERE

An LGAAR Member has notified us of another Suspicious interaction with a Potential BuyerReprinted with permission by the Lake Geauga Area Association of REALTORSIf you are suspicious about potential clients -Please contact the local Police! If you do not report this stuff, they are not aware of it or looking into it and can't be proactive about it. Don't put off calling them!An LGAAR member received a referral from a reputable online source on January 11. The potential buyer said he was a first time home buyer in Beachwood looking in the 250K range. After meeting him, his wife, and grandchildren, our member exchanged a few emails about homes the client would like to see. Just before the second scheduled meeting, our member found out the potential buyer had another name. This person sent a strangely worded email that gave the member pause. The member brought another agent with her to the next appointment. The potential buyer attended the showing without his family and didn't seem to appreciate the member bringing another agent. In the following days, the potential buyer sent the member several inappropriate emails asking her to meet him alone in a vacant home of my choosing. The potential buyer is in his late 60s or 70s, short with a stocky build, and greying dark hair. He speaks broken English and said he is Armenian.We share this situation with you as a reminder to be safe!

A few safety reminders:
  • Call the Police with reports of this type of suspicious behavior
  • Always request pre application or proof of funds prior to meeting new clients
  • Always trust your gut if something does not sound right
  • Don't dismiss suspicious incidents that don’t result in an attack
  • Link your Showings to a calendar to share with another person
  • Always notify someone when your showings are and where you'll be
  • Should you feel unsure about a showing, notify the office or broker
  • Research the person before meeting them
  • If you feel in immediate danger, never delay -Immediately call the police!
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