Realtor® Safety Tips
September is Realtor® Safety Month. Started in 2003 by the National Association of Realtors®, Realtor Safety Month raises awareness around the potential dangers involved in being a real estate agent. Since meeting new people is an integral part of the business, it is important to know how to keep yourself safe in a variety of situations and exercise caution. Here are a few safety tips that can help keep you out of harm’s way.
Before meeting a client for the first time, you should set up the initial appointment at your office. Have them provide a copy of their driver’s license and take down their address, license plate, and phone number.
Getting Ready to Show Listings
If you have already met with your clients and are ready to take them out to see homes, scout the locations before the actual showing. You should also leave a list of the homes that you are scheduled to view that day with your office. Download a personal safety app to your phone, so you can easily alert the authorities and your emergency contacts at the touch of a button.
Avoid wearing expensive jewelry, watches, and carrying laptops or other valuable portable devices. Keep your briefcase or purse in the trunk of your vehicle or out of sight.
The Perfect Open House
There’s safety in numbers. Consider having your assistant, preferred mortgage broker or lender also in attendance. It’s also important to walk behind the visitors throughout the home tour. Have your client lead the way and direct them kindly from a position where your back isn’t completely turned to them.
Sign Up for a Self-Defense Class
A self-defense class can help better prepare you in case an emergency should ever arise. Simple skills such as knowing how to get out of dangerous situations and physical maneuvers should be a part of your safety arsenal. Check with the local park district and law enforcement offices to see when and where classes are being held.
Trust Your Instincts
If a situation just doesn’t feel right, go with your gut and immediately change your course of action. It’s always better to be safe than sorry in the long run.
By utilizing these simple yet effective safety strategies, you can ensure that your safety is top priority while giving your clients a great experience.