Title Company Buys Real Safe Agent for entire Association

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Real Estate Technology

Fort Smith, AR, March 30, 2017: In a first for the real estate industry a title company has purchased the Real Safe Agent crime prevention system for an entire RealtorÒ association.  Western Arkansas Title (WATS), has purchased the Real Safe Agent system for the Fort Smith Board of Realtors (FSBoR), providing access to the only crime prevention system in the industry to the board’s 500+ members.  Lisa Hollomon, CEO of Western Arkansas Title stated, “We’ve always been big supporters of agent safety, sponsoring self-defense classes and the like, but when Regina (Regina Flesher, CEO of Fort Smith Board of Realtors) told me about the capabilities of the System (Real Safe Agent), I knew that I wanted everyone in Fort Smith to have access.”

 

“My entire family is law enforcement so whenever someone comes to me with safety product I’m very skeptical because everything I’d seen until now allowed a RealtorÒ to react to a crime.  Within 10 minutes of seeing Real Safe Agent I knew that it could prevent crime and felt it was our responsibility to make sure our membership had access to the system.”  The Real Safe Agent system differs from traditional safety products in that it’s based in behavioral science and uses the real estate community to prevent the behavior patterns of predators from bearing fruit for the predator, as well as denying the predator to environment needed to commit the crime.  Carl Carter, Founder of the Beverly Carter Foundation and son of murdered real estate agent Beverly Carter commented “It’s special for me that a city in my mother’s home state is doing this.  I think the Real Safe Agent system is a real answer for the industry, I love that it recognizes that we are a community and allows agents to help out other agents to keep each other safe.”

 

The Fort Smith Board of Realtors deployed the Real Safe Agent system on Wednesday March 15, 2017 to its entire membership, and exceeded 20% utilization in the first 2 weeks.

 

Links to the organizations included in this article:

http://www.realsafeagent.com/

https://beverlycarterfoundation.org/

http://www.fortsmithboardrealtors.com/

http://westernarkansastitle.com/

 

About Western Arkansas Title

At Western Arkansas Title Services, we help make titles simple. We offer a full range of title services that are designed to make the whole complicated process as smooth and simple as possible. We also offer years of experience coordinating between agents, lenders, and attorneys so you can close without needless delays or complications.

 

About Fort Smith Board of Realtors

The Fort Smith Board of RealtorsÒ is located in Fort Smith Arkansas and establishes standards of practice and ethics for over 500 RealtorsÒ representing buyers and sellers in Northwest Arkansas. 

 

About Beverly Carter Foundation

The Beverly Carter Foundation (BCF) is a completely independent not-for-profit foundation dedicated to the ideal that every agent goes home safe every day by providing scientifically based research, information, consulting, training, and support at no charge to every MLS, association, brokerage, and agent. 

 

About Real Safe Agent

Real Safe Agent is based in Austin, Texas and is the creator of the first crime prevention system for the real estate industry.  The patent pending system is rooted in behavioral science and empowers the real estate agents to cooperate and collaborate to keep each other safe.

Comments (26)

Lee Goldstein

Thank you Nathan! 

Mar 31, 2017 06:00 AM
Mick Michaud
Distinctly Texas Lifestyle Properties, LLC Office:682/498-3107 - Granbury, TX
Your Texas Lifestyle is Here!

That's was very cool that they did this.  I appreciate you giving more info on the entities.  Some links would be nice but I'll google them. 

Mar 31, 2017 06:07 AM
Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
West USA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

Wow, a remarkable move to promote and help safety in the industry. A good marketing idea as well...

Mar 31, 2017 06:40 AM
Lee Goldstein

What's really remarkable is that Lisa from Western AR Title didn't ask for anything in return, no free advertising, no mention in the association newsletter, no conditions whatsoever.  She asked Regina, the AE, "will this prevent the crime not just react to it"; Regina said yes, and Lisa said do it.  Our industry is filled with people like this, it's one of the reasons I feel priveleged to be a part.

Mar 31, 2017 06:56 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

A public service message intertwined with a customer service works!

Mar 31, 2017 07:37 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

That is a generous and thoughtful digt especially in Arkansas that made us painfully aware of safety.

Mar 31, 2017 07:41 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Lee

Welcome to ActiveRain and congratulations on your featured post. This is such an important topic and it's great to see what different Boards are doing for their members to be as safe as possible. Education is critical.  I'll check Real Safe Agent out!

Jeff

Mar 31, 2017 08:01 AM
Lee Goldstein

Thanks Jeff!  If your local association ae would like a presentation let me know, I'll be in CA for most of April.

Apr 01, 2017 05:54 AM
Rose Mary Justice
Synergy Realty Pros - Dandridge, TN
Synergy Realty Pros

Congratulations and welcome to AR.  Safety is an important issue and This Title company stepped up.  This shows they really care about their realtor friends.

Mar 31, 2017 08:34 AM
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

I watched the video on RealSafeAgent.com. What a great way to protect agents from predators.

Mar 31, 2017 11:34 AM
Lee Goldstein

Thank you Tammie! 

Apr 01, 2017 06:00 AM
Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation

Congratulations, Western Arkansas Title. What a great move that was!

Mar 31, 2017 12:09 PM
Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA
FrankRubiRealEstate.com

Lee Goldstein Welcome to Active Rain. Safety is at the forefront of all agents. Thanks for sharing Western Arkansas Title effort for Safety. 

Mar 31, 2017 03:22 PM
Lee Goldstein

Thank you Frank!

Apr 01, 2017 06:00 AM
Wayne L. Brown
Franklin Advantage Inc. - Alpine, CA

Great for all Realtors, and good PR too.

Mar 31, 2017 03:51 PM
Matt Brady
Watermark Capital - Del Mar, CA
One of San Diego's Best Lenders

Thanks for sharing. It is sad that this is necessary, but these are the times we live in. 

Mar 31, 2017 04:59 PM
Dorte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Lee,

Very interesting concept. I see some other applications for this software as well.

Mar 31, 2017 07:40 PM
Stavrula "Sam" Crafa, RNC,GRI, CDPE, PSA
Future Home Realty - Seminole, FL
Providing the integrity and service you deserve.

What a nice thing to do. God bless the title company. 

Mar 31, 2017 08:05 PM
April Swenson
Coldwell Banker Ocean Shores Brokers - Ocean Shores, WA
CRS and Managing Broker - Ocean Shores Real Estate

This is very interesting. That was very nice of the title company to do that for those Realtors.

Mar 31, 2017 10:27 PM
Shirley Coomer
Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living - Phoenix, AZ
Realtor, Keller Williams Realty, Phoenix Az

Welcome to ActieRain and congratulations on a great post!  What an amazing product.  So logical it is surprising someone hadn't thought of it before, or didn't follow up on the technology.  I need to look into this further.

Apr 01, 2017 05:55 AM
Lee Goldstein

Thank Shirley!  Please let me know if you have any questions or if you'd like a live demo, I'll be in Phoenix in a few weeks.

Apr 01, 2017 06:26 AM
John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

I had not heard of the Real Safe Agent system before.

Thanks for sharing. It looks like a great tool for our agents.

I will look further into it for our Association.

Apr 01, 2017 06:51 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055 - Downingtown, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

Welcome and how smart of them to take this action. Maybe some other companies can do the same in other areas.

Apr 03, 2017 04:05 PM
Jim Paulson
Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho) www.Progressive-Realty.info - Boise, ID
Owner,Broker

Here, if a tilte company pays more than $25 for an agent, their competitors try to report them for RESPA violations.

Apr 03, 2017 09:09 PM
Lee Goldstein

RESPA didn't come into play in this instance because the title company purchased the system for the association.  Real Safe Agent is a community based system so it's only sold to associations or MLSs to be provided as a member benefit.  Individual agents cannot purchase Real Safe Agent nor is there anything to purchase after they have real safe agent.


 

Apr 05, 2017 06:34 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Excellent!  What a great benefit for all agents belonging to that association!

Apr 10, 2017 08:08 PM