“The Client” aired on Sunday April 17th 2016- likely seen by 6 million.
This full length episode details the disappearance of popular Arkansas real estate agent Beverly Carter.
It’s a little little hard to watch as the Carter family are interviewed. Especially when the facts gradually unfold leading to the discovery of Beverly’s shallow grave some 4 days after her disappearance.
The episode details how her abductor and murderer Aaron Lewis is traced, caught, tried and convicted – receiving two 2 life sentences, while his ex-wife who was also involved, got 30 years.
Beverly’s disappearance 18 months ago was a wake up call across the industry.
But many agents still put themselves in risky situations, by not taking the bare minimum safety recommendations from the NAR – namely meet at the office first, ask for photo ID and tell others where you are going …
But what’s really scary, is that I personally have heard from agents that their Broker doesn’t want any friction during the initial setting of the showing appointment, that might impede a potential sale. Even going so far as to discourage their agents from following the NAR safety recommendations 🙁
Let’s hope that this wider coverage of Beverly’s tragic demise, will prove to be the pivotal moment that truly inspires our industry as a whole to make changes.
The one change that would make all the difference, is by simply following the lead of the apartment rental in industry – every agent must ask for photo ID before showing. This will require all Brokers to insist on this policy, NO exceptions.
The thing an agent can also take responsibility for personally is staying alert, listening to your gut and communicating with confidence. Criminals often prey on those they perceive as timid or unsure, and they may be more inclined to take advantage of you if it is clear that you do not have policies in place or you are not following them.
Beverly’s disappearance was the trigger for developing the VerifyPhotoID app – the only app that verifies a strange prospects photo ID, then checks that identity against a national sex offender list. Other demographic, financial and social data is then appended to provide a screening tool that puts the agent in control of the appointment setting process. A Safety Monitor that sends distress alerts can also be deployed during the actual showing.
More details here: https://VerifyPhotoID.com