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Real Estate Safety... I need a little help from Active Rain Members

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Real Estate Agent with Home Foundations LLC

Real Estate Safety... I need a little help from Active Rain Members

I'm a new agent and I need a little help. I need some safety tips for showing a buyers a home.( the do's and don'ts) Where I work they do not offer much training, so I thought I would ask the Pros of the Active Rain Family. Any pointers will be a plus. I'm also looking for some safety tips for OPEN Houses.

 Thanks in advance.

Ray Delao

I got this from an Agent in PA

Never park your car in the drive way first because you cannot escape. Never have your clients behind you always in front of you and stand in the doorway with your back to the closest exit. Never let children roam the house, they could be stealing or setting you up.

 I reposted this to try get a little more feedback. Last time a got a few replies and I think this will helps others as much as it will help me

thanks again

Ray DeLao

Paul Moye
Benchmark Realty - Franklin, TN
Broker, GRI, SRES

Always have a cell phone on your person. Have an office "code" where you can call and ask one of the agents in your office about a ficticous listing that all agents in the office know is a call for help.

Remember to ask a mortgage person or insurance person to join you at the open house to hand out info to prospective clients

Jun 18, 2007 12:26 AM
Pat Hallesy
Coldwell Banker Elite - Orange, VA
Ray,

Do NOT meet anyone you've never met, at the property.  Make them come to your office.  Besides, since you should be getting them pre-qualified (so you aren't wasting your time nor theirs), they need to come into the office anyway. If you can't do that, then meet them someplace public and at least text their license plate number to someone.
Jun 18, 2007 12:27 AM
Allison Stewart
St.Cloud Homes - Saint Cloud, FL
St. Cloud Fl Realtor, Osceola County Real Estate 407-616-9904

Hi Ray

Safety is always a concern for Realtors.  Always tell someone where you will be.  Have your cell phone charged and in your pocket.  Do not let "couples" split up in the house. There has been a rash of credit card thefts lately, and the "couple" splits up as they case the house.

Bring clients to the office when you can, and make a copy of their drivers license number.

Have someone from your office join you if possible.

Good luck and stay safe!

Jun 18, 2007 12:28 AM
Brian Schulman
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552
Ray, tell someone beforehand where you're going.  Have an emergency code word you can use on your cell phone so if you need help but can't talk freely, someone will understand.  Don't meet new prospects for the first time at the property, especially at night or at remote locations.
Jun 18, 2007 12:33 AM
Jenny Croshaw
South Florida Structured Real Estate - Miami Beach, FL

I agree, meet your clients in the office first.

I got a concealed weapons permit as well and always have a hand gun on me for safety. (myself and the client).

Jun 18, 2007 12:34 AM
Todd Clark - Retired
eXp Realty LLC - Tigard, OR
Principle Broker Oregon

My advice on children is bring a couple small 3 x 2 lap tables with coloring books and pens. When you get to the property, sit them in the middle of the kitchen and let them color! This lets the parents go around the house without interruption and you don't have to worry about items being broken or stolen.

Jun 30, 2007 05:16 PM