Since it has been short while that we had a tragedy hit our Real Estate world in Des Moines, Iowa I wanted to remind to Be safe and don't forget it wasn't so long ago that we Lost a young agent that was murdered while working her open house at what most people would consider as a "Safe" neighborhood. We are still deeply saddened by her loss and she is be missed by many. Even though I hadn't mean't her I felt some connection when her since this tragedy happenws so close to home. As REALTORS® this has opened up our eyes to what is safe and not so safe. Many reactions have been described as anger, fear and tears but, this tragedy has made many of us more aware. So now I am on a mission..... A mission to find what idea's and comments from agent's on what they do to make what they do Safe or at least as safe as it can be. I think fear is a normal reaction but, shouldn't we move away from the fear and move on to doing what we can to be safer? So Tell me your idea's and thoughts and see if we can make this a safer profession after all this could happen anywhere. I posted this within weeks of this tragedy but, wanted to post this again as a reminder not to forget to work safe and smart and don't ever let your guard down. If you have thoughts or even Idea's that are working to make a REALTOR Work Safer and Smarter Please respond to my blog. Stay Safe and here are a few Idea's I have found along the way.
Some of the things we will be doing:
•1. Never have a first-time meeting with a potential client alone. Conduct all first-time meetings in the office or other public location.
•2. Do not have the people ride with you to a property; have them follow you in their vehicle.
•3. Require identification at the front door of all open houses and upon first meeting with a client.
•4. Park in the street, so you cannot be blocked in.
•5. Always tell someone where you are going, with whom, and when you should return. Let that person know when you are done with the appointment or if it is extended beyond the expected time. If possible, have the client with you when you relay this information and introduce him or her.
•6. Make a photo copy of the person's driver's license.
•7. Maintain a visitors log at all open houses and insist all visitors sign in.
•8. Be familiar with the property and plan escape routes.
•9. Don't go into confined spaces when showing property, stay at the door way.
•10. When showing properties, for the peace of mind of the seller, always leave your business card.
We strongly encourage and recommend our sales associates do the following to protect themselves:
•1. Make sure your phone is fully charged before showings and open houses.
•2. When showing a home and at open houses, have your phone in your hand at all times with 911 on speed dial.
•3. When holding an open house, let the neighbors know and ask them to be aware of anything out of the ordinary.
•4. Leave your handbag locked in your trunk.
•5. Try to make all showing appointments during daylight hours, unless you know the client well.
•6. Avoid provocative photos in your marketing.
•7. When you are uncomfortable, take a buddy with you.
•8. When possible, use a web cam on your lap top to record the entry.
•9. At open houses, greet the visitor at the door, tell them about the house, allow them to go through the house alone, meet them at the door to answer any questions and say good-bye. If you are uncomfortable, this will allow you an opportunity to take a photo of their car and/or license plate.
These are some great idea's for safety do you have any to add?
Let me know.
Have a safe weekend.