Are We Safe Out There?

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty

We all need to be careful out there.

Original content by Sandy Childs


Lori Bowers posted a blog about real estate agents being safe and wanted to know what other agents do to stay safe. My comments have turned into this blog post. Here are some of the things that we do at our Keller Williams office in Spartanburg, South Carolina:

The first thing we try to do is have the prospect to meet us at the office.

We always make sure that someone knows where we are going.

We have a code word in case things should go bad.

We try to go in pairs.

Try to arrive after the prospect, park behind them and call the office or a buddy with the make, model and tag number of the car, you can fumble around with your papers while you are doing this.

If possible, have the seller to hang around.

Always let the prospect walk infront of you ~ never behind you.

Always wear shoes that you could run in ~ if you have to.

Always carry a large flashlight with you, I recommend the black Maglight. If necessary you could hit an attacked with it ~ then run like heck!

Never wear flashy jewelry or anything around your neck that could be used to strangle you.

Refuse to show the house.

When you are doing an Open House only have one door unlocked. Try to keep up with how many people are in the house, especially of the house is more than one level.

Always listen to your inner voice ~ if something does not feel right ~ make an excuse and get out. Trust your instincts.

Hope this helps, Hopefully none of us will never have anything bad or scary happen to us ~ however ~ it always pays to be prepared.

Let me clarify that this is only when you have a situation where you are called upon to meet a potential buyer, that you have never met before, at a house. This is especially important if the house is vacant.

Comments (6)

John Rakoci
Eagle Realty - North Myrtle Beach, SC
North Myrtle Beach Coastal Carolinas

We need to use common sense. No sale is worth being injured or worse over. Use your head and follow your gut feeling. Be careful and keep your eyes open.

Oct 05, 2009 04:48 PM
Ralph Gorgoglione
Maui Life Homes / Metro Life Homes - Kihei, HI
Hawaii and California Real Estate (310) 497-9407

It's so unfortunate.

If anybody messes with me, I'll probably go ballistic because I detest people who try to opress other people.

Oct 05, 2009 04:58 PM
Mark Hall
Realty One Group Cascadia - Vancouver, WA
Homes for Sale Vancouver Washington

It has become a crazy world. At 6'3", I rarely have issues with other people threatening me. But the more I hear about bad things happening to agent in empty houses, the more I worry. Thanks for the tips.

Oct 05, 2009 05:01 PM
Gary Coles (International Referrals)
Venture Realty International - Las Vegas, NV
Latin America Real Estate
I think another thing is to always be alert and aware of your surroundings. The tips above are very good tips. And anyone is at risk - young or old, big or small, male or female. There have been cases of ex-marines assaulted and killed. I was a Green Beret and I am always careful -- almost always- one time I wasn't paying attention and three guys tried to mug me-- I always considered it my fault that I was not alert.
Oct 05, 2009 05:14 PM
Elite Home Sales Team
Elite Home Sales Team OC - Corona del Mar, CA
A Tenacious and Skilled Real Estate Team

As long as we meet in the office the client that comes in has been seen.  From there on we need to just use caution.

Oct 05, 2009 05:43 PM
David Painter
Keller Williams Realty - Spartanburg, SC

Agree with everything your are saying ~ let be careful out there. Thanks for the comments.

Oct 06, 2009 06:01 AM