I recently read a re-post http://activerain.com/blogsview/1916990/-i-m-sitting-in-front-of-the-house-and-i-d-like-to-see-it-right-now- of a blog by Richard Weiser, http://activerain.com/blogsview/1916932/-i-m-sitting-in-front-of-the-house-and-i-d-like-to-see-it-right-now- and one of the comments received indicated our job was to "serve" so we should go show this house. Additional comment was if we don't, there are agents out there that will. (This will make more since after you read the blogs above.)
This is why safety classes should be mandatory. As agents we are ignorant to the inherent dangers we place ourselves, the public and our clients in when we only look at this scenario from this commenter’s perspective.
Here was my response:
... you are right of course, there are numerous agents that will do this.
One thing that keeps me from "competing" with those type of agents is not a lack of desire to "serve them", the perpetrator, oops, I mean the "buyer," but to keep in mind the seller who is also supposed to be treated well. How is that happening when we ourselves don't know the person we are allowing to case, Um sorry, view the house.
The second reason is really selfish. James Baxter called it saving ones hair. (check the mug to the right of this post. Kind of humorous I thought.) or in other words staying alive. As a charter member of the NAR's REALTOR(R) Safety Council, our research revealed this is the top of the list of scenarios where agents have been killed. Tough guys are in this list of victims and most occur at crime scenes waiting to happen, otherwise known as vacant houses.