New tech firm aims to protect real estate agents from opioid addicts

New tech firm aims to protect real estate agents from opioid addicts

“He goes, ‘I need money from you right now.’ And I said, ‘well, I tell you, I have a closing on Monday and it’s a big one so if you can wait until Monday I can get you $4,000,’ and I have no idea why I said that to him, but I was saying anything to him to just go and leave and not kill me,” said Tisdale.

After 45 minutes, Tisdale convinced Maldonado to go to his car to get paper for a note. She had told him she’d write a note saying she hadn’t been held hostage. And then she fled and was rescued by a car of teenagers who stopped to help her.

Maldonado was arrested soon after and is currently serving 60 years in prison for aggravated robbery. He admitted to being on drugs at the time of the attack.

“I guess I always thought I was aware but you never think it’s going to happen to you and it does, it can, and it did,” said Tisdale.

Most real estate firms require their agents attend safety training, yet not all run background checks on potential clients.

Crye-Leike, a Memphis, Tennessee-based real estate firm with offices throughout the South, is being sued for negligence and wrongful death by the family of an Arkansas real estate broker, Beverly Carter. Carter was murdered in September 2014. Her assailant, who pleaded guilty, said he targeted her because she was rich and because he knew she would be alone. The family claims Crye-Leike did not provide Carter with enough safety training, especially on doing background checks and procedures for meetings with unknown clients.

Crye-Leike declined to comment on the suit in response to a request from CNBC and referred inquiries to its attorney.

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