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Estate agent tied up by “prospective buyers”

An estate agent from Heidelberg, Gauteng was tied up by three men posing as prospective buyers - this again throws into perspective the importance of safety during the sale process.

The woman had taken the perceived prospective buyers to a listing in Rensburg, Heidelberg where she was tied up and robbed of her personal effects and twin cab Toyota bakkie. Her feet and hands were tied up with cables while her mouth was also taped up to prevent her from screaming for help. 

Two hours later the woman managed to remove the tape from her mouth and cry out for help, neighbouring women heard the call for help and promptly investigated when they saw her through the bathroom window.   

Police and members of the Rensburg Patrollers Forum quickly arrived on the scene.

This incident has once again thrown the importance of safety into the limelight, here are some guidelines that you could follow:

- Let at least one personal contact and your office know where you are at all times.
- Don’t agree to a private showing unless you’ve already met a client in your office.
- Have clients complete an information form (name, copy of driver’s license, vehicle information) during open houses and prior to scheduling private showings.
- Bring a co-worker along.
- Don’t leave a client in your blind spot. Let the client proceed in front of you during a private showing.
- Drive through the neighborhood prior to a private showing or open house. Be on the lookout for safety concerns.
- Vacant listings pose a bigger threat - don’t go alone
- Trust your instincts. If something doesn’t feel right, remove yourself from the situation. Don’t worry about offending a client. Your safety is paramount.


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