Safety Tips for Real Estate Professionals: Things You Need to Know

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Real Estate Technology with Realtyna 4966111

Recently Realtor safety became a more prominent concern in the real estate industry. As NAR’s 2020 research showcases, one third of Realtors are concerned about their safety at the open house.

In this article, we will talk about Realtor safety tips based on NAR suggestions and the REALTOR safety program. For more information please visit NAR.

Personal Safety Plan

As NAR suggests, the first thing real estate professionals should do is to devise a personal safety plan. It can include different things such as: 

  • Driving separately from your clients
  • Showing property before dark
  • Letting the people you trust know where you going at all times
  • Arriving early at the open house
  • Note escape routes
  • Avoiding showcasing attics and basements with clients

 

Tools for Safety

There are cases where we feel that safety defence tools might be appropriate to carry. If you choose to opt for permitted safety tools such as pepper spray, be sure you comply with the safety regulations. Many states have different rules regarding pepper spray.

Digital Safety Tools

Aside from physical safety tools, there are digital tools that also help you to keep safe. Digital tools can help you for example send your GPS location in case of emergency.

NAR recommends taking the same route for digital tools as for the physical safety tools. It’s important to make sure you’re aware of the terms and conditions for digital tools.

REALTOR® Safety Network

The NAR is committed to providing safety for real estate professionals. With the REALTOR® Safety Program, NAR will alert real estate professionals via social media about the potential dangers.

As the NAR  sites, Safety Alert can include:

  • A Realtor or the immediate family member of a Realto goes missing
  • NAR learns that the association name or the names of its programs are being used fraudulently to attempt to collect money or information from Realtors or others
  • A physical threat to Realtor warrants national attention

 

P.S Want to know more about the NAR Act? Check out our article What is NAR’s ACT?

 

Comments (15)

J.R. Schloemer, CRS
Kentucky Select Properties - Louisville, KY

Great reminder to always be on the lookout for your own personal well-being. 

Apr 17, 2021 10:12 AM
Shayne Stone
Champion Real Estate Group - Missouri City, TX
"Your Rock Solid Choice Realtor"

Great information!  Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day!

Apr 17, 2021 10:14 AM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Thank you for the very valuable list of safety tips for real estate professionals.

Apr 17, 2021 10:45 AM
Sham Reddy CRS
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH
CRS

Thanks for sharing Realtyna!

Aside from physical safety tools, there are digital tools that also help you to keep safe. Digital tools can help you for example send your GPS location in case of emergency. NAR recommends taking the same route for digital tools as for the physical safety tools. It’s important to make sure you’re aware of the terms and conditions for digital tools.

Apr 17, 2021 11:08 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Wonderful post and agents should be aware of their surroundings .Please let me know if I may share this 

Apr 17, 2021 11:16 AM
Realtyna Inc

Hi Hannah, yes of course! Thank you for the kind words and for sharing our blog.

Apr 19, 2021 02:07 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

We can never be too careful as there are all manner of strange people our there.  I attended an Open House with a client today and there were 3 people inside hosting it

Apr 17, 2021 02:32 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Great informaiton, thanks for sharing.  I hope you have a great day.

Apr 18, 2021 03:04 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning. In 28 years in real estate I've never come close to anything untoward happening to me. So much of safety for us is common sense, which I have come to realize isn't all that common very often.

Apr 18, 2021 05:55 AM
Realtyna Inc
Realtyna - Newark, DE
Realtyna- MLS RETS Integration software & services

Hi J.R., thank you. It's always important to be on the lookout.

Apr 19, 2021 02:08 AM
Realtyna Inc
Realtyna - Newark, DE
Realtyna- MLS RETS Integration software & services

Hi Shayne, thank you! You too have a great day.

Apr 19, 2021 02:08 AM
Realtyna Inc
Realtyna - Newark, DE
Realtyna- MLS RETS Integration software & services

Hi John, thanks for reading and commenting.

Apr 19, 2021 02:09 AM
Realtyna Inc
Realtyna - Newark, DE
Realtyna- MLS RETS Integration software & services

Hi Sham, great point. Thanks for this contribution.

Apr 19, 2021 02:10 AM
Realtyna Inc
Realtyna - Newark, DE
Realtyna- MLS RETS Integration software & services

Hi Ed, I agree. It's important to be prudent.

Apr 19, 2021 02:10 AM
Realtyna Inc
Realtyna - Newark, DE
Realtyna- MLS RETS Integration software & services

Hi Richard, thanks. You too, have a great day.

Apr 19, 2021 02:11 AM
Realtyna Inc
Realtyna - Newark, DE
Realtyna- MLS RETS Integration software & services

Hi Nina, I'm glad you've never had any close calls. I agree with your comment about common sense.

Apr 19, 2021 02:12 AM