10 Easily Adapted REALTOR Safety Tips To Keep You Safe

 A National Association of Realtors survey from a few years ago found that 1/3rd of all real estate professionals found themselves in an uncomfortable work related situation that made them fear for their personal safety. Developing safety precautions and being aware of you surroundings, and potential dangers, will help you avoid potentially dangerous and/or risky situations. Please consider ways to help make your daily routines safer by creating a safety strategy when meeting with clients, going on a listing appointment, a house showing or an open house. We have compiled some of our favorite here to help you get started with your own safety strategy. Remember, prevention and avoidance are always a better option than trying to deal with a safety related issue directly in the moment. 

1.    Check your cell phone battery for a full charge and signal before heading into an appointment.

2.    Enable "Find My Phone" or 'Find My Device" as this feature will help other locate you if you are late to return from a meeting or listing appointment. 

3.    Always share your schedule with a colleague, assistant or family member so they know when you           may be out with a client or on a listing appointment.

4.    Trust your Gut. If a situation makes you uncomfortable, avoid it or remove yourself from the                   situation as soon as possible. 

5.    Never hold an open house alone. Consider reaching out to Palma Title to co-host your open                   houses. 

6.    Consider adding a cloud-based camera to open houses and advertise this safety device to                       prospective guests. It will not only make you feel safer, but it will make others feel safer and it will        deter criminal activity. 

7.    Require Open House visitors to sign in and require a photo ID for admittance.

8.    Prior to hosting an Open House, introduce yourself to the neighbors around your listing. They can           act as eyes and ears while you are hosting an open house. 

9.    Let Buyers drive themselves to meet you to look at a property.

10.    Don't get blocked in. At showings and opens, park your vehicle on the street so you have an easy way to leave without being blocked in.    


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