Realtor Safety Tips
Real estate is a high-contact occupation, and with deals that often involve lots of money. Before you schedule your next showing or follow up on a new lead, it’s time to check your blind spots.
Below are some tips to keep you safe on the job.
Touch base Always let someone know where you are going and when you will be back; leave the name and phone number of the client you are meeting and schedule a time for your office to call you to check in.
Open house safety
Don’t assume that everyone has left the premises at the end of an open house. Check all rooms and the backyard prior to locking the doors. Be prepared to defend yourself, if necessary.
Wear your Realtor ID
Always wear visible company identification such as a badge. It’s also best to drive a vehicle clearly marked with your company name. These will be invaluable for identification if you need to get assistance.
Check cell service
When showing commercial property, thick walls and/or remote locations may interfere with mobile phone reception. Check in advance to be sure your phone is serviceable in the area where you’re showing property.
If you carry a purse, lock it in your car trunk before arriving at an appointment. Carry only non-valuable business items (except for your cell phone), and do not wear expensive jewelry or watches, or appear to be carrying large sums of money.
Don’t be too public
Limit the amount of personal information you share. Consider advertising without using your photograph, home phone number and/or home address in the newspaper or on business cards. Don’t use your full name with middle name or initial. Use your office address – or list no address at all. Giving out too much of the wrong information can make you a target.
Be careful with keys
Don't hand out house keys to friends, even if they are trustworthy. Know the location of all your house keys all the time. Also, keep your car keys and house keys on a different ring if you ever use valet parking or leave your keys with parking lot attendants or even at a repair garage.
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