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Local Realtors taking extra precautions in wake of AR murder

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Local broker Michelle Clark says it could happen to anyone.

“She was a seasoned agent,” Clark said. “It’s just scary it makes you think.”

An arrest has been made for the murder of little rock realtor Beverly Carter. The discovery of her death sent shockwaves throughout the real estate industry. It all happened while carter was showing a house to who she thought was a potential buyer.

In an interview with ABC, principal broker Brenda Rhoads said it’s not unusual Carter did not have anyone else with her.

“There’s nothing that,” Rhoads said. “Beverly did that any of us have not done in the past.”

But now folks in real estate are taking extra precautions industry-wide. Clark says she sent out safety tips to her all female team but that’s not all.

“I did purchase pepper spray for everyone on my team if they need it, hopefully they never will,” Clark said.

Since Carter’s death, The National Association of Realtors sent out some safety recommendations including…

“Let the office know when you’re showing a home alone and alert the neighbors ahead of time.”

But clark suggests they take things even a step further

“Take a picture of the license plate and send it back to the office,” Clark said. “That should be protocol.”

Living in the Cape Fear means living in a vacation destination with a dynamic local real estate industry.

“You don’t know where they’ve come from and you don’t know what their story is,” Clark said.

That’s why Clark says she always keeps her phone in hand and the potential buyer in front of her while touring a home, and she tells her team to do the same.

“There is no commission that is gonna be worth your life,” Clark said.


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