Better Safe Than Sorry!
Here's a tip to help start the new year right!
Although many people may
not realize it, the real estate business can be a high risk career. In the
past few weeks, real estate professionals from across the country have been
attacked in model homes, during open houses and even in their own
Closer to home, it has been reported that real estate licensees
have been harassed and
verbally abused when refusing to meet
with a potential client to
the extent that police reports have been
little common sense can go a long way in insuring your personal safety.
Many real estate firms
have developed policies and procedures
designed to keep their
agents safe. If your firm has done so, be
sure to follow them. If
your office hasn't, there are some things
that you can do.
are some personal safety issues to consider:
- On the first meeting of a client, try to
meet a new client at your office. Get as much personal information as
possible. A copy of the driver's license is a good start not only for safety,
but also for the client database. In today's market a copy of the
pre-approval is a good idea and also contains their verified information
like name, and etc.
- During this first meeting,
if you have any suspicions or uneasiness about a client, do not go to the
showing alone, no matter what time of day. Ask another person to accompany
you. If you are at an open house and you feel that you are in danger,
leave the home and seek assistance.
- Give someone in your office an itinerary
of properties you plan to show and check in as often as possible by cell
phone - or ask someone at the office to call you occasionally. Work with
others in your office to come up with a code phrase that alerts them when
you are uncomfortable about a showing and a second phrase for emergency
situations. If you call and say those words, they'll know that someone
should either head out to accompany you or call the police.
drive your own car to the property as this might be the only means of
escape. Keep your car locked while driving to the property and after you
park it. On the way make notes on the type of car, color, and license
plate number and call the office with this information. Once at the
property do not park your vehicle where it can be blocked.
- Always be consciously aware of your
- Be aware of the
neighborhood in which you are showing a listing. If the neighborhood poses
any possible threat to your personal safety, take another person with you.
- Do not show vacant
properties by yourself unless you know your customers.
- Carry a cell phone in your
pocket and program it to dial 911 at the touch of a button
- Always follow the prospect
through the home and never let them get behind you. Your attention should
be focused on the client, not on the house.
- Never work a public open
house by yourself.
- Never wear expensive
jewelry and if possible keep your handbag and other valuables locked in
the trunk of your car.
- Don't list your home
address or telephone number on your business cards.
- Take the safest
and best lit route-day or night while driving to appointments.
Use common sense
and ask yourself the following questions:
- What safety precautions can
I take when meeting a new
client for the
- Do I preview or show foreclosed or
- Do I show property or hold open houses
- Do I transport or ride with strangers?
- Am I consciously aware of my
surroundings as I preview and show property?
and act on our own personal safety plan. As the old saying goes, "It's
better to be safe than sorry."
Street Association of Realtors, Illinois Association of Realtors, National
Association of Realtors
Posted on Thu, January 1, 2015
by Mike Fair filed under