Every now and again you hear or read a story in the news that just makes you think. We have a lot of friends that are real estate agents and every time they call the office and ask me for an update of a client or they call and ask Disa about a mortgage product offering. We end each conversation with them by telling them to “be safe”.
The NAR has a formulated checklist on safety that provides some basics that can be used to prevent a dangerous situation from occurring. Share this list with other agents and at the end of every call remind them to “be safe”
1. Check in
When you have a new client, ask him or her to stop by your office and complete a Prospect Identification Form. Also, photocopy their driver’s license and retain this information at your office. Be certain to properly discard this personal information when you no longer need it.
2. Keep it light
Show properties before dark. If you are going to be working after hours, advise your associate or first-line supervisor of your schedule. If you must show a property after dark, turn on all lights as you go through, and don’t lower any shades or draw curtains or blinds.
3. 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.
4. Keep track of colleagues
Have a check-out employee board at your office, listing your name, destination, customer name, date and expected return time
5. Wear your REALTORID
Always wear visible company identification such as a badge. It is also best to drive a vehicle clearly marked with your company name. These will be invaluable for identification if you need to get assistance.
6. Bring up the rear
When showing a home, always have your prospect walk in front of you. Don’t lead them, but rather, direct them from a position slightly behind them. You can gesture for them to go ahead of you and say, for example, “The master suite is in the back of the house.”
7. Pick some self defense skills
The best way to find a good self-defense class is to learn what is available, and then make a decision. Many health clubs, martial arts studios and community colleges offer some type of class. You can also ask your peers, friends and family if they have taken a self-defense class that they would recommend.
Here is a link of more tips to share: http://www.realtor.org/field-guides/field-guide-to-realtor-safety
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