September is right around the corner – and since 2003, the National Association of REALTORS® has devoted the month as REALTOR® Safety Month.
NAR’s 2017 Member Safety Report shows that 44% of females and 25% of males have experienced a situation that made them fear for their personal safety or safety of their personal information.
It’s easy to fall into a routine and let your guard down – we’ve all been guilty of becoming a little lazy in some shape or form. But it’s always important to refresh your thinking and list out positive and simple methods to make sure you’re feeling safe and secure while on the job.
Meet in a public space. Have a “second meeting only” policy – the first time you meet your clients should either by in your office or another public location before agreeing to a private showing. This allows you an opportunity to evaluate them and for your intuition to do some work. Always require that your clients bring some form of identification that you can file (but be sure to discard properly when no longer needed).
Tell others where you’ll be. Before attending your open house or your showing, be sure to let your colleagues, friends, or family members know of your location. Give them the name of your client and the address you are planning to meet at. NAR’s Safety Report also demonstrated that 28% of Realtors use the “Find my iPhone feature” when out for the job.
Allow your clients to lead. When walking through the property, it’s safer to let them guide you through the house, rather than yourself. By having them lead, you are able to always have them in view.
Be mindful of exits. Always know where you can quickly exit and avoid showing basements or attics. This goes hand-in-hand with being mindful of where the property keys are!
Listen to your gut. If you feel as though something is off, or you feel uncomfortable, follow your intuition. You know the saying, “better to be safe than sorry.”