A Smart Approach to Agent Safety

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September is REALTOR® Safety Month, but keeping safety top of mind year-round is paramount. Arm yourself with a healthy level of mistrust and a smart approach to staying safe. Here’s how you can stay on guard and protect yourself.

Keep your home tours safe and secure with these agent safety tips:

  • Let at least one personal contact and your office know where you are at all times.
  • Don’t agree to a private showing unless you’ve already met a client in your office.
  • Bring a co-worker along. Have clients complete an information form (name, copy of driver’s license, vehicle information) during open houses and prior to scheduling private showings.
  • Don’t leave a client in your blind spot. Let the client proceed in front of you during a private showing.
  • Drive through the neighborhood prior to a private showing or open house. Be on the lookout for safety concerns.
  • Identify each of a home’s exits prior to a showing or open house. Keep exit doors unlocked.
  • Don’t allow a client to ride in your car unless you know them well.
  • Don’t wear expensive jewelry.
  • Leave your purse in the trunk of your car.
  • Dress professionally.
  • Buy a personal security app for your cell phone, and always keep your cell phone in your hands.
  • Trust your instincts. If something doesn’t feel right, remove yourself from the situation. Don’t worry about offending a client.

The National Association of REALTORS has an assortment of resources that can help newcomers and veterans of the profession stay safe.

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