USA Today features Open Door Partners

Open Door Partners received a nice mention in a recent article by USA Today. Realtor efforts to increase safety are getting much more attention in the media:

“Chris Polychron, 2015 president of the National Association of Realtors, said he thinks Des Moines’ optional seller contract is the first of its kind and he hopes other real estate firms adopt it. “I think they have been pioneers in a serious problem,” he said.

Meeting prospective buyers in public and checking their ID discourages would-be attackers and allows agents to spot red flags in a safe place, he said.

“Ashley was our ‘one too many,’ and we don’t want another one.”
Robin Polder, president of the Des Moines Area Association of Realtors
To encourage that practice, dozens of real estate brokerages and other firms have joined Open Door Partners. Participating companies open their offices for real estate agents — even those from competing companies — to meet with prospective buyers.

But there is still plenty of room for progress, Polychron said.

In 2013, the most recent year for which statistics were available, 25 real estate professionals were the victims of homicide, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.”