Realtor® Safety - No Commission Check is Worth Jeopardizing Your Life

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Real Estate Agent with www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 228209

Realtor® Safety - No Commission Check is Worth Jeopardizing Your Life

 

Safety FirstWe have recently gotten a lot of calls from our website - some of them quite 'strange.' So, I thought I would share a few of our tips we have implemented. 

 

My policy is to meet anyone who phones and wants tour a listing - whether it be my listing or someone elses - in a public location. Depending upon the area that the property they want to see is in, I will arrange a public place to meet - oftentimes my office or a coffee shop. Again, anywhere there are other people.

 

I tell them that we keep a file of their drivers license on file and snap a photo of that, messaging it directly to one of my assistants. We drive separately to the property as a safety precaution for each of us. 

 

Always park on the street for easy 'get-away' if necessary (so no one can block you into a driveway).

 

Walking behind them during the tour and never finding myself in a 'room' without having the closest access to the door is another policy of mine. I've been doing that for years and now, I do it without even thinking about it. 

 

Here is a great safety video from NAR.

 

 

 

 


 

As an added layer of protection, my hubby purchased the Guard Llama for me a couple of years ago. It stays on my keyring and has a GPS locator. If I ever depress the alert, it's silent and they do not call, they IMMEDIATELY send the police. I don't know how much he paid for the device but, the monthly fee is $15 and well worth the peace of mind.

 

Despite all of the safety measures that we take, you just never know when you may need it. As well, if you run upon an accident or any other reason you may need the police, you can simply depress the alarm. I've not used it in the 2 years that I've had it but, again, it's peace of mind.

 

Guard Llama

In Summary

Don't be a 'pop-tart' agent - be safe; think safety FIRST.

 

© Debe Maxwell | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | CharlotteBroker@icloud.com | Realtor® Safety - No Commission Check is Worth Jeopardizing Your Life

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Rainmaker
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
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Hello Debe- --it is sad but as you state in your post - you don't know - safety matters! A lot. Don't forget it.

Aug 12, 2018 02:38 PM #39
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Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi @Debe Maxwell, CRS, unfortunately, our world has changed. We have to take every measure we can to protect ourselves. Thank you for the reminder. 

Aug 12, 2018 10:17 PM #40
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Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA
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Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS

I always like to Google someone before I meet them, and meet them at the office.

Aug 13, 2018 07:31 PM #41
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Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
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I used to take my very large sons with me when I was nervous. If they weren't available, we used the buddy system in the office. If a client was there and didn't seem quite "right" all we had to do was turn to another agent and say "You wanted to see this property. Why don't you come along."

Aug 13, 2018 08:11 PM #42
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Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

I've never heard of the Guard Llama. So important to be cautious when meeting  someone you don't know to show a house--good reminder that you have to think of protecting yourself first!

Aug 14, 2018 05:11 AM #43
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Terry McCarley
REMAX Realty Team - Cape Coral FL - Cape Coral, FL
REALTOR, SRES, CDPE - Cape Coral, FL

Great post!  I (like some of the others) have never heard of Guard Llama but it sounds like a great item to have

Aug 14, 2018 05:32 AM #44
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Bill & Cyndi Daves
Hiawassee, Young Harris, Blairsville, Hayesville, Murphy and Beyond! - Hiawassee, GA
TeamDAVES - Your REALTORS In the GA/NC Mountains!

Have to check out the Guard Llama. I thought I was the only one to call those agents that going running out when the phone rings "pop-tart" agents.

Aug 14, 2018 05:32 AM #45
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Ron Aguilar
Continental Mortgage - Saint George, UT
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Thanks for sharing your story. As a Mortgage lender its good to know more about the safety issues for Agents. 

Aug 14, 2018 07:16 AM #46
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
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Hi Debe

Those are great suggestions for all to follow. It's a shame we all need reminders about these issues regularly but there are too many stories where agents were injured or worse. No amont of money is worth putting our safety at risk.

Jeff

Aug 14, 2018 08:24 AM #47
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Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
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I'm so glad you have a safety policy in place. So do I. We have co-operating lenders and attorneys who allow local Realtors to meet clients at their office if the need exists, and I have taken advantage of this policy. There have been too many instances involving assaults against Realtors and our safety is no joking matter. 

Aug 14, 2018 09:04 AM #48
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Eva B. Liland with Century 21 Doug Anderson
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"I tell them that we keep a file of their drivers license on file and snap a photo of that, messaging it directly to one of my assistants. We drive separately to the property as a safety precaution for each of us. "

Never thought of that!

Aug 14, 2018 01:05 PM #49
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Elyse Berman, PA
Best Connections Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR

Debe Maxwell, CRS Thank you for this post.  A really good reminder for us all.  I had not heard of Guard Lama either.  Going to check it out.

Aug 14, 2018 01:55 PM #50
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Claudia Rydel
Rydel Interiors - Chalfont, PA
Rydel Interiors Certified Professional Home Stager

Debe, Thank you for the great information and reminders about being safe.  As a home stager I get calls to meet people at homes.  Before I go I do as much research as I can on them and of course their home.  I recently got a voice mail from a man who said he was a realtor, he didn't say where he worked and he wanted me to meet him at a vacant home.  I couldn't find him online and when I did reverse look up of his cell it said he had 15, I never called him back.  I like the Guard Lama and will look into it thank you! 

Aug 14, 2018 02:57 PM #51
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Anne Corbin
Long and Foster - Lake Anna - Spotsylvania, VA
Serving Lake Anna & Central Virginia

I never heard of that safety device. Thanks for sharing. You might just have saved a life by doing so.

Aug 14, 2018 06:38 PM #52
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Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Thank you for the tip about Guard Llama - that is really cool!  How smart and sweet of your hubby!

Aug 21, 2018 08:27 AM #53
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Caution is the name of the Meeting these days with people coming from different sources.

Aug 22, 2018 01:45 AM #54
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Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
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Good morning Debe - the real estate profession is unique in that way where you go to a third party place with strangers.  It sounds like you are taking the precautions.

Aug 22, 2018 06:13 AM #55
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
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HI Debe Maxwell, CRS - Some of us are very cautious but you cover all the bases here.  This is a fabulous post and thank you for posting it.  We can be very vulnerable.  I am considering the Guard Llama.  The cost is absolutely worth the our safety. 

Aug 23, 2018 02:13 PM #56
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
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I am so glad that safety is a concern for each and every one of you! Thank you so much for your input and I apologize or the delayed response (REALLY delayed!). 

Stay cautious and always alert to your surroundings!

Feb 07, 2019 04:03 PM #57
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Gail Robinson
William Raveis Real Estate - Southport, CT
CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT

Hi Debe,  Check your Guard Llama.  Mine stopped working.  I went to the site to call customer service.  There is no phone number listed.  The website says to use the phone number on your receipt.  I called the phone number on the receipt and it said the number is out of service.  There have been a number of instances of people reporting the same problems, Google "Guard Llama" to see the complaints.  I'm going to cancel my subscription.  At $180/year, it should work and it doesn't.  Without Customer Support it's a useless fob.

Aug 12, 2019 09:57 AM #58
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