Safety first: Real estate showings can be dangerous

In a developing story from Iowa, news of a Realtor® murdered in a model home is cause of an ongoing investigation by the West Des Moines police. Ashley Okland, a 27 year old Realtor® with Iowa Realty was fatally shot in the chest and head, sadly leaving police with no suspects. Investigators believe this to be an isolated incident.

Iowa Realty president Michael Knapp directed all employees to cancel any open houses planned for the weekend, and reminded them of the importance of safety in the field.

All agents should remember how critical safety precautions are when hosting open houses, inspecting vacant properties, or in other scenarios that isolate you during your day to day business.

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