TROY (October 3, 2013) -- Six members from the Temple-Belton board of Realtors headed to the gun range this week, in hopes of preparing for the worst circumstances the real estate industry might bring.
Some might not think it, but being a real estate agent brings unforeseeable dangers. Since 2010, 68 real estate homicides have been recorded in America.
In 2010, 940 real estate professionals were victims of non-fatal assaults. Local agent Jim Hamer understands why his job makes him vulnerable.
“I never thought I would have to carry a gun when I became a real estate agent,” Hamer said.
“But after hearing many stories of victimization, I wasn’t surprised why many do,” he said.
“Someone could be in the home you’re selling if it's been vacant for some time or maybe a situation could come up when you’re showing a house to someone and that person sees it as a perfect opportunity to take advantage of you."
Hamer and five other members from the Temple-Belton board of Realtors attained their CHL’s this week, in hopes of precluding the worst.
Hamer says he’s been a real estate agent for nearly 8 years, and has never been attacked while on the job. However, he says he doesn’t want to take any chances.
“I feel much safer having an equalizer on me if something were to ever happen,” Hamer said.
“Honestly, I’d rather have to face 12 jurors then have 6 pall-bearers.”