Northeast Ohio Real Estate Safety Concerns

Real Estate Agent with eXp Realty 442805 Ohio

Northeast Ohio Real Estate Safety Concerns

You've probably heard the multitude of stories involving crimes against real estate agents or houses being robbed by criminals. A recent blog on Inman News, by J. Philip Faranda   'It’s time to tell agents they can no longer meet with complete strangers in empty houses,' has me thinking about several scary moments during my own career selling Northeast Ohio Real Estate. In the past year alone, I've had to call another agent for help regarding my own personal safety and have called the police department to check on a house after I caught a person
unlocking one of the ground level bathroom windows several times.  



I am well aware that I've been in questionable circumstances and that often, the September is REALTOR Safety Monththings we are asked to do, put me at risk, but now that my son works with me, his safety is a glaring red light. 


Just the other day, he was working with new buyers and I called to check on him. He did not answer. Of course, I got worried. Several hours passed and my worry increased. Right when I was going to map out his showings and go looking for him, he walked in and let me know his phone had died. 


It's sadly funny that when it was just me, I had this invincible thought that I could handle anything, but when it comes to my son, oh, no, not going to happen. But, really neither of us should put ourselves in situations where our personal safety is compromised.


It's also our responsibility to watch out for the best interest of our clients, and having a bunch of people milling around your Northeast Ohio Home for Sale at one time during an open house is not necessarily an ideal situation for you.



As the above mentioned article notes, the general real estate public has been conditioned by years of the same old practices that were at one time effective in the Northeast Ohio Real Estate Market. The web and social media has drastically reshaped our industry and many of these older practices are no longer relevant or able to compete against the strength of the internet.


Realtor Safety in Northeast Ohio


Team Pappas is committed to our safety and the safety of our Northeast Ohio real estate clients. We've removed unsafe practices that are no longer relevant and are using the most current and effective tools available to make our client's housing moves the best they can be.



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Comments (11)

Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Nice post, safety is key for all of us.  In our commercial real estate incarnation as owner/brokers, we had a nice office building listing adjoining a weird area.  When I went to show, I always had one of the guys accompany me...the guy who had the listing in our office was a 3rd degree black belt in Tai Kwon Do...I was definitely safe.  A

Sep 02, 2014 03:20 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

I will NOT do Open Houses alone - or sit in a model home. Nor do I show houses to someone I don't know, without my husband along. It makes good sense to use our heads regarding safety.

Sep 02, 2014 03:32 AM
Christine Pappas - REALTOR®
eXp Realty - Willoughby, OH
eXp Realty - Because Experience Matters

Ron & Alexandra Seigel  - A, we need one of those guys :)

It sure does Debb Janes , glad to hear you take good precautions too.

Sep 02, 2014 03:56 AM
Dale Bledsoe
Crown Key Realty - Tracy, CA
Realtor in Tracy, California

I grew up in Akron, but never did RE business there. No matter where you sell, always meet new clients at the office when others are around. Photo copy a DL, and let others know which properties in what order and set a ck in time. Safety first.

Sep 03, 2014 01:32 AM
Melissa Zimmerman
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Carolinas Realty - Huntersville, NC

With this month being safety awareness month, I look forward to learning new ideas on what I can do to stay safe. I had a "creeper" at my first open house, so I felt the need right away to take safety seriously.


Sep 03, 2014 09:24 PM
Christine Pappas - REALTOR®
eXp Realty - Willoughby, OH
eXp Realty - Because Experience Matters

Hello fellow Ohio born Dale Bledsoe, I have a feeling you don't miss the crazy Ohio weather!

Melissa Zimmerman have you considered defense classes? A lot of agents in our area are getting their conceal and carry too. 

Sep 03, 2014 10:34 PM
Melissa Zimmerman
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Carolinas Realty - Huntersville, NC

Christine Pappas, I have taken them in the past, but am going to take a course again as a refresher!


Sep 03, 2014 11:22 PM
Lee Davenport
Sandy Springs, GA
Learn With Lee: Real Estate Coaching & Consulting

This is such an important post, Christine!  Just this week here in Atlanta, thieves posed as buyers but really had intentions of robbing the homeowners.  We have to make safety our priority.

Sep 04, 2014 10:23 AM
Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

Great topic. Safety should be our main focus. A couple of years back when there were many squatter hiding in vacant homes, I always made sure to have a partner with me during the open houses. At first, I had my friendly dog with me, but he tended to scare away the prospective buyers. Then I elevated my partnership with a vendor. This worked out the best. I especially appreciated when loan agents were willing to hold open houses with me. We were able to prequalify the clients right there and then and I felt safe during the OH.

Sep 04, 2014 03:14 PM
Christine Pappas - REALTOR®
eXp Realty - Willoughby, OH
eXp Realty - Because Experience Matters

That's scary Lee Davenport.  Precautions are needed for everyone involved.  

Great idea Sarah Oswald to have your loan officer with you at open houses! That takes care of a lot of aspects. 

Sep 04, 2014 10:02 PM
David Spencer
Keller Williams Northland - Kansas City, MO
Show Me real estate in Kansas City

This is agent training 101; however, seasoned agents sometimes put the $ before prudence. If its vacant and a new customer, take someone in the office with you.

Sep 07, 2014 06:34 AM