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Morgan Starling, The Daily News·5 min read
Ronnie Fulcher smiles with pride at the signs he has created.
Ronnie Fulcher smiles with pride at the signs he has created.

Jacksonville Realtor Sharice Williams has dealt with many intense situations in her career, but none as bad as a discussion with one angry man.

"We hear a man’s voice from the fence," Williams said. "Startled, I answer, 'Sir, I’m a Realtor with my clients,' and clearly that wasn’t a good enough answer. This man, the next door neighbor, continues to cuss and yell very very hostile-like, and I’m continuing to say, 'Sir, please calm down. I’m a Realtor with Coldwell Banker. This house is for sale. I have my clients with their kids. Please calm down.'"

No question, it's something Williams wants to forget. Thanks to a Jacksonville native known for various inventions, the chance of this happening again could decrease.

One year after creating "The Pullover Pal," a product designed to hold all of the important documents needed if you are pulled over, Ronnie Fulcher has a new invention — a sign to help limit confusion in neighborhoods where real estate agents might be working, thus eliminate potentially hostile interactions.

"I love Jacksonville but sometimes it can be challenging being a Realtor here and especially being a woman of color," said Williams, who is not only a Realtor with Coldwell Banker SeaCoast Advantage, but also a Marine veteran.

Fulcher became an inventor to create products that would help improve interactions between law enforcement and citizens.

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The signs Fulcher has created, which differ for real estate agents, building inspectors and property preservation workers, were created to keep those who are doing their jobs from getting the cops called on them, as well as keep neighbors from reacting harshly when they see someone in an uninhabited house.

"Mainly you have neighbors, or people that see a real estate agent and they may think they're breaking into a home or something, and automatically call the police," Fulcher said. "And from people I know, sometimes the police show up with guns blazing, 'get on the ground,' and handcuffs. So, with the sign, they'll see it, and they may think, 'Well, they could be a real estate agent.' They may not come with the guns blazing, they may actually talk, which will help both sides."


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