Stranger Danger: REALTOR® Safety Tips
Working in real estate can be a dangerous business. While we may feel safe on your average day in the field, we've all read of the disturbing cases, such as Beverly Carter's murder. Yes, we REALTORS® love what we do and we work with great clients. But we tend to put ourselves in dangerous situations.
You are the only one who can protect yourself. Take time to have a plan and to avoid situations that put you at risk.
Have you gone to meet a new client at a home and not told anyone where you were going? Have you held an open house all alone? Have you ever gotten that gut feeling something was just not right? I know I have.
Instead of letting it get to that point, let’s stop rushing through our day and plan better for a safer work environment. A few top tips:
- Have a new client meeting at the office or a public place. Have a form for new clients to fill out with basic information. Then, take a photo of their driver’s license. Tell the client this is your office policy. Email it to yourself and the office or your business partner.
- Let someone know where you are and where you are going, and always check in. If you have an uneasy feeling, bring someone along on the showing.
- Never park in the driveway of a home. Park on the street, where you are less likely to get blocked in.
- Do not walk into a home or room in front of the client; let them go in first. And give yourself an escape route.
- Have a buddy system with a fellow agent or team member. Look out for one another.
No sale is worth your life. Check out more information on this topic on NAR’s safety resource page.
Sindy Ready, ABR, CRS, GRI, PMN, SRES
2015 President - Women's Council of REALTORS®
The Ready Callaghan Team-Team Leader
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