September is Realtor Safety Month
In the dynamic world of Realtors, safety is paramount. As dedicated professionals, we are not only stewards of properties but also guardians of the well-being of our clients and ourselves. In this blog post, we delve into a topic that holds immense significance for every realtor: safety.
The nature of our profession often requires us to meet new clients and visit unfamiliar locations. While it’s an exciting and rewarding career, it’s crucial to approach it with a mindful awareness of personal security. The National Association of Realtors is dedicated to providing practical tips, insights, and resources to help ensure that every Realtor operates in a safe and secure manner.
Register for NAR’s free Realtor Safety Webinars, held annually in September, on topics such as data security, mental health, open house safety, and working with clients. View NAR’s Safety Videos as well, for tips and advise on how to keep safe.
Join us on this journey as we explore three keys to staying safe on the job: knowing how to react appropriately to a dangerous situation, being aware of your surroundings, and empowering yourself with careful precautions. Whether you’re a seasoned real estate professional or just starting out, this post is a valuable resource for every Realtor looking to prioritize safety in their practice.
Remember, a thriving real estate business begins with a commitment to professionalism, integrity, and, above all, safety. Let’s work together to foster a culture of security within our industry.
React to a Dangerous Situation
“Everything changed the minute I opened the door,” Morrisette said as she recalled that day two years ago while speaking to attendees during a recent REALTOR® Safety Program webinar, “Prospect or Predator?” “I had this feeling that I just knew I was in trouble.” Read the article below.
There’s currently a misconception in the industry that crimes against real estate agents are random, opportunistic street crimes, when in fact, most are predatory in nature. In this video, hear from victims of predatory crimes, learn how to identify predatory behavior, and what to do to keep yourself safe in the field.
- Always meet new clients at the office or in a neutral location, like a coffee shop
- Share your schedule with a colleague, assistant, or family member
- Communicate safety concerns on your listing (poor cell phone signal, etc.)
- Do not overshare about your personal life
- Do not host open houses alone
- Check your cell phone battery and signal before heading to an appointment
- Direct clients to walk in front of you when touring a property, do not lead them
- Never go into attics, crawl spaces, or garages where you could be trapped