Safe and Sound: September is REALTOR® Safety Month
September is a special time in our industry when we come together to raise awareness about the importance of safety for real estate professionals. REALTORS® play a crucial role in helping people buy and sell homes, but often, the job comes with unique safety challenges.
The Importance of REALTOR® Safety:
REALTORS® face various risks on the job, including meeting unfamiliar clients in remote locations, working alone, and sometimes dealing with unpredictable situations. That’s why REALTOR® Safety Month is so crucial. It serves as a reminder to all REALTORS® to prioritize their safety and take proactive measures to protect themselves.
Tips for REALTOR® Safety:
- Client Screening: Before meeting a client in person, it’s essential to verify their identity and gather relevant information. Ask for their full name, contact information, and pre-qualify them to ensure they are genuinely interested in buying or selling a property.
- Meet in Public: Whenever possible, arrange initial meetings with clients in a public place or at your office. Avoid meeting them alone at properties or isolated locations.
- Share Your Location: Use location-sharing apps or features on your smartphone to keep a trusted friend, family member, or colleague informed about your whereabouts during client meetings.
- Have an Emergency Plan: Develop a safety plan that includes emergency contact numbers, self-defense training, and knowledge of nearby police stations or safe havens. Share this plan with someone you trust.
- Trust Your Instincts: If something doesn’t feel right during a showing, trust your instincts and leave the situation immediately. Safety should always be your top priority.
- Limit Personal Information: Be cautious about sharing personal information with clients, such as your home address or detailed schedule. Maintain professional boundaries.
- Use Technology: Leverage technology to enhance your safety. Consider using video calls for initial client meetings, and consider investing in personal safety apps or devices.
- Drive Separately: Whenever possible, use your own vehicle to visit properties. This allows you to have control over your transportation and exit strategies.
Resources for REALTOR® Safety:
- National Association of Realtors (NAR): NAR offers a wide range of resources, including safety webinars, articles, and safety tools to help real estate professionals stay safe on the job.
- Safety Apps: There are various personal safety apps available that can be used to alert authorities or your contacts in case of an emergency. MAAR offers Forewarn free to its members.
- Self-Defense Training: Consider enrolling in self-defense classes to equip yourself with essential skills for personal protection.
REALTOR® Safety Month is a vital initiative that reminds us all that safety should never be compromised in the real estate profession. By following the tips and utilizing the resources provided, REALTORS® can minimize risks and ensure their well-being while helping clients buy and sell homes. Together, let’s make REALTOR® Safety a priority year-round, ensuring that those who protect homes are protected themselves.