Nearly a year after a local realtor was murdered, there is a new push to keep agents in central Arkansas out of harm’s way.
Emily Morgan with Arkansas Realtors Association cuts a roll of wall decals, but they are not just any sticker. They will be marking Beverly Carter Safety Certified Offices.
“We thought that this would be a great way to promote safety and keep it in the forefront of realtors’ minds,” Morgan said.
After Beverly Carter was killed in September 2014, safeguarding agents across Arkansas became a main priority for ARA.
“It just really showed us that we were lacking in that area, unfortunately,” Morgan said.
Soon after, a task force was formed and came up with the idea to highlight offices that are actively working to protect realtors.
“It’s sad it would take something like that but we’re definitely using it in the best way possible,” Morgan said.
To get the sticker, offices must teach safety training often and apply to get certified.
Coldwell Banker Rector Phillips Morse’s West Little Rock office did just that. Carolyn Cobb, the branch’s designated executive broker posts her sticker near the front door.
“It brings awareness to every agent in our community,” Cobb said.
She says it’s there when agents walk through her door. It’s reminding them to think about their safety in Beverly’s memory.
There it also a new app that has been released called Realtor Safe Harbor.
If an agent is ever in an unfamiliar location and they need need to meet someone they can open the app and the pins show Safe Harbor locations. They can go to the safe place and meet with a potential client.
Brokers, banks and other safe places can enroll to become one. For more information visit arkansasrealtors.com.