Are you a Real Estate Agent at risk? Here are a few smart strategies for Realtors® to stay safe while showing a property.
"Real estate agent Janice Tisdale was this home to client Emilio Maldonado when he attacked her with a tire thumper."
One of the great allures of the realty profession is that you don’t have to be cooped up in an office all day, every day. Instead, you’re out in the world, meeting hundreds of wonderful people hoping to buy and sell their homes. You’re in every neighborhood, sometimes driving clients around in your own car.
EASY WAYS FOR REALTORS® TO STAY SAFE ON THE JOB
Luckily, there’s much you can do to protect yourself. Here are a few tips that other agents are using.
- Common advice dictates that “using the buddy system” works well: you have the safety and security of knowing your colleagues have your back. Bring along a partner, a family member, or a banker.
- If you’re showing a home by yourself, always remember to tell a colleague or loved one the time and place of the showing, and who it is with.
- If you’re a real estate broker, check out NAR's Safety Resources for Brokers.
- Safety services that rely on family and friends such as Wearsafe can be extremely helpful for agents. Sometimes agents need emergency services, and sometimes a more nuanced response is appreciated in a work environment — Wearsafe allows for both.
- Agents at William Raveis have begun to use personal safety devices such as Wearsafe (a safety system that instantly calls for help with the press of a button).
HOW REAL ESTATE AGENTS CAN BENEFIT FROM TECHNOLOGY
Luckily for agents, technology has advanced enough that we can keep our safety network with us at every moment. The phone in your pocket has the power to call anyone in your address book within minutes of an incident, but sometimes we don’t have minutes. We might only have seconds.
Real estate agent wearing a Wearsafe Tag while showing a property