This is an important notice we received thanks to our client Yujin Jung (www.yujinjung.com Tri-Cities Real Estate, Vancouver/Burnaby/Coquitlam/Port Moody) and we thought it’s an important notice to put out there for the safety of all real estate agents, especially young females.
We have recently received information from members about suspicious activity characterized, at the least, as “creepy.” A person who identifies himself as “Damian” has contacted at least three female REALTORS® posing as an interested condo buyer. In one case, one REALTOR® set up a meeting at his home for a presentation, where he made repeated attempts to initiate physical contact by putting his arm around her despite her requests that he not.
In at least one other instance, he phoned a REALTOR® late at night – again posing as an interested condo buyer – before making inappropriate suggestions and requesting late-night meetings at his home.
In any of your day-to-day business, it is important that you feel secure when meeting with potential clients in public or in private. Always tell your colleagues when and where you are going to meet potential clients and when you will check-in.
If you have concerns, consider asking a colleague to come along. And always remember that you simply don’t have to engage further with anyone who makes you feel uncomfortable. Go with your instincts!
Let’s not forget the case of Lindsay Buziak, a young BC real estate agent who was murdered in a house she was showing to a stranger. Always be careful!