As real estate agent Aaron Smith was ending an open house at a new-construction condo in Covington, Ky., last spring, one prospective buyer — a tall man who appeared disheveled — stood between Smith and the front door. The tone of their meeting suddenly took a dark turn.
Up until that point, nothing had seemed awry during the property tour, says Smith, a sales associate with Keller Williams Advisors Realty in Cincinnati, just across the Ohio River from Covington. The prospect was asking typical questions about the homebuying process. But once he was blocking the exit, his questions became personal and uncomfortable.
“He started asking me really weird questions about real estate agents,” Smith recalls. “It seemed like he was planning something.”