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Attacked Agent Speaks out About Real Estate Safety

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Attacked Agent Speaks out About Real Estate Safety

A real estate agent who was attacked in 2010 at a luxury listing is speaking out about her story in the hopes of warning others in the real estate industry to put their safety first.

The San Antonio Board of REALTORS® recently posted a video on YouTube of Janice Tisdale telling her story, serving as a lesson for other real estate agents about the dangers that lurk on the job. 

Tisdale, a real estate sales associate in San Antonio, Texas, was attacked in Dec. 23, 2010, when a man bashed her head with a metal rod on the porch of a million-dollar home over $4,000. A jury recently convicted the 63-year-old man, Emilio Maldonado, to 60 years in prison. 

Maldonado, who was a truck driver, posed as a wealthy client. Prior to attacking Tisdale, Maldonado demanded $4,000 from her, money he later told the court he needed in order to pay off debts from tickets he owed. 

Looking back, Tisdale says she should have trusted her instincts — she knew something didn’t feel right when the man first contacted her. She also urges other agents to always trust their instincts, keep their phones nearby, and never to park in the driveway. 

“When the hair on the back of your neck stands up, listen to yourself, to your inner self,” Tisdale says. “It’s really not about the almighty dollar. It’s about your life.”

Source: “Attack Survivor Urges Realtors to be on Guard,” KSAT.com (March 23, 2012)

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