Staying Safe as a Realtor® This Year

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I hate it when I see articles like this in the news. First of all I hate it because I hate seeing women targeted at any time, especially when they are being professionals and running a business.

Secondly, I hate it because it gives men a sense that they are not at risk as Realtors®. Yes, some criminals target women specifically, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take safety precautions as well.

It’s unfortunate we live in a world where we have to talk about preventing crime while we do our jobs, but here we are. Here are some ways you can stay safe this year – whether you’re a man or a woman.

First Meetings Should Always Be At Your Office

I’m a huge advocate of “know before you show.” Your first meeting with someone should never be alone or in a private place, no matter how urgent they insist the situation is. There is no situation in which they cannot first come to your office during business hours.

When they do come to the office, be sure you get to know their situation thoroughly, as you would do with any prospect. Pay attention to any red flags or oddness about their story.

Finally, get a copy of their photo ID before you leave the office and go to a showing. Let them know you do that for your own security. If they decline, don’t go anywhere alone with them.

Get Training in Self Defense

While this won’t solve 100% of the problem, someone who knows they can protect themselves generally presents a more confident air. You are more alert and avoid making mistakes like letting a prospect get between you and the door of a room.

If something goes wrong during a showing, you’re also much more likely to be able to defend yourself enough to get away. Remember, this isn’t the movies. You don’t need to beat up the bad guy. You only need to do enough to get free and run away.

And I can’t emphasize this enough – this applies to women AND men! 

Consider a Buddy System

One of the best ideas is to never go to a showing alone at all. After all, you survive 100% of the attacks that don’t happen. If you can, work with another Realtor® on a buddy system so that neither one of you is ever alone in a private place with a client.

If this isn’t practical, at least make sure to have a buddy at an open house. Open houses are particularly dangerous because they are open to the public. If you use a buddy system, be sure not to split up, which defeats the purpose. For instance, a prospect who really wants to see the basement should not be accompanied by only one of you. There are lots of places to be out of sight and commit a crime in minutes.

Listen to Your Gut

We all have a “sixth sense” that warns us when something is wrong. It’s often something our mind can’t rationalize, so we feel silly or decide to ignore it.


That sixth sense is trying to tell you that the situation isn’t safe. It’s much better to simply decline the showing or schedule at a time you won’t be alone. If the person insists that it’s now or never, choose never.

No deal is worth your safety.

Take Safety Seriously

We love working with Realtors® to help you build your brand and improve your marketing outreach. We want all of you to stay safe!

We hope to read about you in the paper – for an award you’ve won, not for a crime you survived. Take your safety seriously and enjoy the success your business brings.


What do you do to stay safe? Share in the comments!



This post originally shared on PrinterBees' Real Estate Marketing Magazine.


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Anne Corbin
Long and Foster - Lake Anna - Spotsylvania, VA
Serving Lake Anna & Central Virginia

Very wise words. Thanks for the reminder and tidbits of info.

Jul 11, 2019 06:12 PM #1
Lynn B. Friedman
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ... - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Nadine Larder 
So important and you hit the top precautionary steps. 

You suggested that not all the focus should be on women "I hate it because it gives men a sense that they are not at risk as Realtors®. Yes, some criminals target women specifically, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take safety precautions as well."   

One of the AR guidelines is not to promote oneself in other members' posts so I won't put a link here to the post I wrote a young, fit male agent who went mid-day to show a home and was never seen again.

One of our own female AR members went to show land, was attacked and escaped. Unfortunately, her local authorities did not take her seriously. That only made it worse for her.

Thanks for bringing up a very important topic. All the best - Lynn

Jul 11, 2019 06:20 PM #2
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

It's a big mistake for men to think they're not at risk. Even in states where guns are outlawed, criminals have them. They also have knives, stunners, etc.

I know agents here in N. Idaho who carry their own guns. Violent crime is not a regular occurrence here, but they'd rather be safe than sorry.

Jul 11, 2019 08:16 PM #3
Edward Gilmartin
CRE - Boston, MA

Check clients social media out too...esp Linkdn and Facebook...

Jul 12, 2019 04:21 AM #4
Ron Barnes
Associate Broker at Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Georgia Properties - Jasper, GA
"Most agents claim they're #1 - I THINK YOU'RE #1!

Can't be overemphasized! Thanks for posting!

Jul 12, 2019 07:30 AM #6
Theresa Akin

Let us not forget because it has and can happen, a female perpretator can have a partner. The partner, male or female just might receive a text to meet at a showing after the initial meeting. I hate when the "buyer?" says; " Oh my boy/girfriend is going to meet us at the property."  I have told them I'm not at liberty to show to anyone whose name is not going to be on the mortgage. Seller only wants qualified buyer(s) (a.ka. parties to the contract to view the property. They will comply or not. I have had different instances where a co-host backs out at the last minute or doesn't show and acts like it's nothing. 

Jul 12, 2019 07:48 AM #7
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

We cannot be reminded enough about ways to stay safe in this business.  Thank you for the post!

Jul 12, 2019 08:56 AM #8
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

we are very vunerable..and it is something we need to constantly think about.  I do meet people at the office and also tell my husband if I'm meeting someone that I don't know. 

Jul 12, 2019 03:07 PM #9

I have a concealed carry license and I know it's my best defense but I need to become more comfortable with it. Practicing with a target is significantly easier than shooting at an assailant.

Jul 12, 2019 03:45 PM #10
M.C. Dwyer
Century 21 Showcase REALTORs - Felton, CA
MC Dwyer-Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist

That 6th sense is invaluable.    I use a combination of your suggested tips.   Thanks for the reminder!

Jul 12, 2019 04:39 PM #11
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Great list of what we all shoud lbe mindful of.  I like my daughter's approach as a realtor in Alabama.  Every open house she partners with a lender.  Her husband also carries and will go with her on showings when he's not working!

Jul 14, 2019 11:29 AM #12
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I offer other agents if they are going to show a vacant home and do not know the client, I will go along with them.  It was a benefit a couple of time.


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