Real estate is not often considered a dangerous occupation, but some circumstances can be unnerving. Research by NAR (2019) found that 33% of real estate agents feared for their personal safety or the safety of their personal information at least once in 2019. So, what can you do to enhance your safety as a real estate agent? Let’s find out
When you are going to show a new property, you must remain alert at all times. While you need to pay attention to what the seller or buyer is talking about, you should also be taking stock of your physical surroundings. Suspicious objects or people can be an indication of potential danger.
Make a phone call
Making a phone call is a good way to get yourself out of danger. It is difficult for a criminal to attack someone who is on the phone without alerting the person on the other end of the call. If you are indeed attacked, the person you’re talking to on the phone should be able to alert the police.
Ask clients to walk ahead of you
During a viewing, make sure clients walk ahead of you and remember to never turn your back on a client.
Show properties during daylight hours
Do your best to schedule all showings during the day when it’s light. However, it’s not always possible to avoid scheduling nighttime viewings, so make sure to turn on all of the lights and keep the blinds and curtains open as you show potential buyers around.
Use a personal safety app
Your mobile phone is one of the few things that you’ll always be carrying with you. Personal safety applications are beneficial if you feel you are in danger as you can use them to alert a colleague or even call the police. With Zecure, you can track a journey, raise an alert and even add trusted contacts who are contacted in case of an emergency.
In summary, your personal safety is very important. Installing a personal safety app on your mobile phone or practising some smart personal safety strategies could save your life.
2019 Member Safety Report, National Association of Realtors. Accessed at: https://cdn.nar.realtor/sites/default/files/documents/2019-member-safety-report-09-24-2019.pdf