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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I don't carry anything on me. I do have something to protect myself in my car. 

Apr 02, 2015 10:17 AM
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Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

     Mace and Pepper Spray will only slow down a determined assailant.   A knife is only good in the hands of someone who is experienced with it.

      If you are going to arm yourself, consider a large caliber handgun... know how to use it.

Apr 02, 2015 01:21 PM
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Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Sunset Properties, Powered by Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

Oh gosh, I don't know that I'd say whether I do or don't, but it wouldn't be in anyone's best interest to mess with me.

Apr 02, 2015 08:02 AM
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Teri Buchanan
Napa, CA

I have always carried a Gerger folding knife. It has multiple uses, including defense. I have added a purse-sized pepper spray to my arsenal. 

 

Apr 02, 2015 09:37 AM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Yea, 5 years ago I had 4 people run out the basement door.  I checked further and they were cooking meth.

Without giving it all away, lets just say I carry 90% of the time now.

 

Apr 02, 2015 08:01 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Debbie,

No weapons, my weapon of choice is common sense, and listening to the voice in my gut.  When weird people would call for an appointment, I would screen them carefully, and if needed Ron came along, or our 3rd degree black belt in Tai Kwan Do.  We worked in safe areas, and secure office buildings, so that was not an issue.

Although I had a convertible roadster, I kept the hardtop on during the week as a precaution, and we would hoist off, when we were in fun mode.  A

Apr 02, 2015 07:17 AM
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Brenda J. Andrew
ULTIMA REAL ESTATE - Corpus Christi, TX
Professional Realtor in Corpus Christi, TX

I use to carry mace - until one day I realized I had it in my purse when there was someone who was acting strangely.  Instead of pulling it out, I just completely froze.  I was fine and nothing happened but it made me wonder if I would actually remember to use it.  After the most recent scare with the realtor who was killed, I started carrying - well I won't say- in my purse.  I usually always have my phone with me as well so I can take a picture of the person, their car or whatever I can and text it to my husband.  

Apr 02, 2015 11:07 AM
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Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

No weapons for me. I do bring my smartphone with the app open that can sound a loud alarm and dial my emergency contact and 911.

Apr 02, 2015 08:02 AM
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Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Sometimes. It's case by case depending on area and my senses.

Apr 02, 2015 07:34 AM
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Ted Glover
Alderman Classic Realty, LLC - Moultrie, GA
ABR in Moultrie, Georgia 229-854-5422

yes I have for years. I don't leave home without it.

Apr 02, 2015 07:24 AM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
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Debbie Reynolds I just bring Sandy along with me.

Apr 02, 2015 07:15 AM
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Lana Robbins Realtor ® Licensed Real Estate Broker
Aloha Kai Real Estate - Clearwater, FL
Licensed in Florida, Washington, and Hawai'i

Hi Debbie. This is a debateable issue. For my personal safety yes I do. I have a Florida Concealed Weapons permit and a Utah Concealed Firearms permit. I received my training from law enforcement officers and military veterans.

In my family women are strong and capable including of using guns to stop rapists in their tracks. It's not like some people who want us to be easy prey easy targets for rapists. To date I have not been a victim and I plan to keep it that way.

Apr 02, 2015 09:18 PM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Debbie -- I don't.  One of my favorite all time comments when I have heard this topic raised stated something like:   many agents have difficulty handling a lockbox key, can you imagine them with a weapon?

Apr 02, 2015 07:20 PM
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TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 Good morning Debbie. Carry a can of wasp spray. It will shoot 20 to 25 feet and it was temporarily blind your attacker. It will give you the opportunity to get away.

Apr 02, 2015 06:26 PM
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

I feel that if we are smart about how we conduct business there is no need to pack weapons of any kind.  I would not publicly advertise that I either did or did not carry a weapon. 

Apr 02, 2015 11:52 AM
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Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239
Real Estate One - Commerce, MI
Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com

I used to sell homes in the City of Detroit, but I got scared of being robbed and mugged.  So I stopped going there.

Apr 02, 2015 11:34 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

my daughter carries pepper spray.....

Apr 02, 2015 08:12 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

No weapons for me, I'd probably hurt myself.  I know how to avoid potentially risky situations.

Apr 02, 2015 07:56 AM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
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Debbie Reynolds - I do not show the homes to strangers - and as of today, I have not found the need to do so.

Apr 02, 2015 02:05 PM
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Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
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No, I usually already know my buyers before I show them houses.  If not, I take Larry.

Apr 02, 2015 12:44 PM
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Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

I have been giving it some thought, but haven't done anything yet.

Apr 02, 2015 12:29 PM
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Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Debbie, I do not.  I always try and be careful and we are getting better about having our client first meetings at the office during business hours.

Apr 03, 2015 07:15 PM
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Jerry Lucas
ABC Legal Docs LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
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It is not good security practice to announce your personal security measures. 
Keep it confidential.

Apr 03, 2015 01:30 PM
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Beatrice Briseno
RE/MAX Unlimited - San Antonio, TX
Beatrice M. Briseno, GRI, CDPE, San Antonio, TX

I do not carry a weapon, but I do not show to complete strangers that call and want me to drop everything and go show them a home.

Apr 03, 2015 07:34 AM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

I bring along old grumpy.

In addition to growling, he works well opening doors and intercepting the owner of the FSBO who is thinking of intercepting the buyer in the driveway.

Not only is grumpy old, but big. 

Old grumpy is easy to train. When asked, his tained response is "Nice House."

FOR SALE: one lightly used grump. 

Apr 03, 2015 12:05 AM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I have pepper spray, in vacant homes carry a mag light and CC.

Apr 02, 2015 10:42 PM
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Rob D. Shepherd
Windermere/lane county - Florence, OR
Principal Broker GRI, SRES

I have a good gut feeling and pass on ones that don't feel right. If we are going to be out of cell range or in cougar (bobcat) country I would not recommend trying me.

Apr 02, 2015 10:09 PM
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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I have recently started carrying  Mace in my purse but I am afraid my dog will somehow get it. I try to stay in my comfort zone so I don't need the Mace.

Apr 02, 2015 09:30 PM
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Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

A number of agents in our area have started carrying a weapon or mace or other protection.  We have not at this point, however we are investigating the different options to see where our comfort level lies.  Great question and one that each of must consider as we move into the future.

Apr 02, 2015 01:36 PM