When is it ever truly safe to be in an empty home…alone with a perfect stranger? The truth of the matter is that we are never safe in such circumstances and it is contrary to any recommendations that we have ever had concerning the issue of keeping ourselves safe. Yet we do it…everyday. We are Realtors and it is simply part of the job. In 2011, we saw the deadliest and most violent year for Realtors with 11 killed and over 940 reported assaults on Realtors. It was truly a horrendous year and it is imperative that we take steps to avoid becoming a future statistic. Here is my story…
I spent over 11-years in the military and 22 years in law enforcement…retiring just last year. During this time, I spent about the last 8 years as a licensed real estate agent here in Florida. I met a great woman, Brandy, who is a real estate broker herself, about seven years ago and I found myself worrying about her…a lot. At the time, I was working full time as a police Sergeant but still closing a deal here or there. Sometimes, I could not go with her on showings, or sit an open house, and I felt that there had to be more that I could do.
I decided that in addition to providing her with pepper spray and, later, a firearm…I needed to do more. I realized then that one thing we (particularly Realtors®) carry in our hands at nearly all times is…our smart phones. We are ALWAYS on them! Why couldn’t I develop an “app” to help keep Brandy safe? There were other apps out there, but none were specifically tailored to what we do in our business and I knew that I could do more…so I did! I began developing and, soon, was able to give something to Brandy that she could use to protect herself. Initially, the app was essentially limited to checking in and providing GPS coordinates….but has since developed into so much more. I decided to call the app, Agents Armor™, and moved forward with the idea that we could put this into the hands of all of the real estate agents in North America…and keep it very affordable.
Through the process, I decided that an app was not enough. Agents need training and Brokers rarely have the time to provide that training. Most brokerages pay little attention to a threat until it actually happens…a response reaction. This is not only bad for the agents, but can open a brokerage up to significant liability. We have to be proactive in our approach to our safety and take the steps now to help us in the future. So…I also developed the Safe Agent Real Estate Agent Safety Training Program™. I offer it free to all of our subscribers and am confident that any agent or Broker will find this turn-key training program very valuable in their personal safety strategy and their businesses.
As Realtors® we think a lot about how to grow our businesses, but rarely consider that we work in a very dangerous environment at times. We never think that it is going to happen to us….but neither did the 11 agents killed last year of the 940 that reported assaults. Oh…and guys…just so you know, 30% of ALL CRIMES committed against Realtors…are committed against male Realtors, so you could use this too. If you would like to learn more about Agents Armor™ and the Safe Agent™ program, feel free to visit www.agentsarmor.com to learn more (check out the How-it-Works video) and feel free to contact me as well! ActiveRain members get the super low price of only $19.95 PER YEAR of coverage if you use Promo Code "AR1995" at checkout! This pricing will get you the a ONE YEAR license to use Agents Armor™ AND access to all of the tools and materials for the Safe Agent Real Estate Agent Safety Training Program™! Brokers, Boards, and Associations can get volume discounts based upon the number of covered agents.
BE SAFE and don't wait until something happens to you, a fellow agent, or loved one before you begin thinking about personal safety in the field.