Over the years, I have found a common denominator among real estate agents: They like to spend their commission checks. I have also found another common denominator: They all like to stay alive.
In order to enjoy those checks, sometimes we have to think about our safety.
I bet you can relate to this: All agents, at one time or another, have really been excited to show a house to a potential client. They practically dance through each room, pointing out the features with a flourish, all the while anticipating that the next thing the prospect will desire is their name on a contract.
What if the prospect desires nothing more than to take your money and leave you for dead?
It's a sobering thought, but unfortunately, it happens more frequently than most of us want to acknowledge.
As a REALTOR(R) Safety Instructor, I think that it is paramount to point out a basic concept that can save your life - POSITIONING.
This is something that I taught police officers for years, in my previous life. Positioning is vital to cutting off an assailant's line of attack. What do I mean by positioning? Simply this - the way that you place yourself in regards to the location of your prospect(s), as well as the physical geography of the home that you are showing.
Be careful when you show areas such as basements, or worst, the master bedroom closet, which in newer homes is often located inside the master bedroom, without a window. When you show bedrooms, you don't really need to go in. Let the prospect go inside, and you can stand in the doorway. Also, never let the couples break up. They may be trying to distract you in order to attack you later.