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Realtor Safety Tips

In the Real Estate Industry it is common to meet with people face-to-face, and with this comes the risk of getting into a vulnerable situation. As much as we want to see the best in everyone, its important to be aware of your surroundings and be prepared should you find yourself in danger.

Here are 6 ways you can stay on top of your safety and limit vulnerable situations with potential predators:

1. First Meetings: Before meeting a client for the first time, you should always set up the initial appointment at your office. This affords you the chance to introduce your clients to other associates in the office. This meeting also allows you the opportunity to take down pertinent information such as a copy of their driver’s license, address, license plate and phone numbers.

2. Keep it light: Show properties before dark. If you are going to be working after hours, advise your associate or someone you trust of your schedule or ask if they can accompany you. If you need to show a property after dark, turn on all lights before you go through and tell someone when you are leaving and when you expect to be back.

3. Walk behind prospects: When showing a home, always have your prospect walk in front of you. Instead of leading them, direct them while staying slightly behind them. If you’re trying to get them to go ahead of you, gesture and say, for example, “The master suite is in the back of the house.” And remember while showing them a tour of a house to keep your phone handy in case you need to place an emergency call.

4. Have your excuse ready: Having “an out” is great when you are in a potentially dangerous situation and need to think on your toes. Prepare a scenario in advance so that you can leave, for example, you left some important information in your car, or another agent with buyers is on his way.

5. Carry less: If you carry a purse, lock it in your car trunk before arriving at an appointment. Carry only non-valuable business items (except for your cell phone), and do not wear expensive jewelry or watches, or appear to be carrying large sums of money.

6. Take self defense class: It can help you prepare should an emergency ever arrive. Knowing a few physical maneuvers to keep you out of harms way can make you feel more confident in the event of an attack.

Here at Canyon Title, security is a top priority. We offer classes in self defense to ensure your safety in the Real Estate Industry.

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