PHOTO: Alyssa Webb
A Montana real estate agent got the scare of a lifetime while showing a vacant house in Billings last week.
Alyssa Webb, who has been an agent for five years, opened the door to a room, only to find someone was already there, Fox News reported.
Webb, who was taking video of the showing, let out a yelp and then turned and ran.
“It was really terrifying to know someone was there the entire time and they didn’t try to leave or announce their presence and he was just hiding,” Webb told the outlet. “I didn’t know what he is capable of, if they had a weapon, he might attack me.”
Billings police advised people who are entering empty houses to be on the lookout for things that are out of place, like a broken window or a door that’s off its hinges.
Webb said she knows what to do if she finds herself in a similar situation.
“I should have gone with my instincts and really thought OK, those are actually feet, and I should have ran,” she said.
There are some perils that come with being a real estate agent, and safety is paramount.
Two agents in Massachusetts received calls from a man posing as a Bristol County sheriff. The man told the agents they owed $2,000 in fines. The calls came in on both women’s phones as “Sheriff’s Office.”
In Florida, a real estate agent was fatally shot outside a Coral Springs residence she’s believed to have been showing.
Raymond Wesley Reese was taken into custody and charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of Sara Trost.
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