Finding investment properties or being a real estate agent is no easy job and this is just one example of it. In addition to the odd hours and sometimes unsteady nature of the market, there is also the pure logistical fact that you are going to places you have never been before and that means you can sometimes run into trouble.
Entering into strange places with strange people places real estate professionals in harm’s way, and a new story from Athens, Georgia details a new concern that agents have to be aware of – the armed homeowner.
According to the Athens Banner-Herald, a 61-year-old man was summoned to a house he owned when the alarm was triggered.
Upon arriving at the house, the man spotted what he thought was a burglar, and held the would-be burglar at gunpoint until police arrived.
But the person who entered the house wasn’t a burglar; he was a real estate agent who was trying to show the house.
From the Athens Banner-Herald:
The man said he went to the house upon being notified of a burglar alarm activation there, and when arriving he saw unfamiliar vehicles and people in the driveway, according to police.
“Because of past break-ins, (the man) drew his Glock 23 pistol,” police said. “As it turned out, it was a real estate agent he had never met showing (the) house to a prospective buyer.”
Luckily, the situation was resolved without any further escalation or issue and all parties involved chose not to press charges.