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.