Do You Have a REALTOR Safety Plan?
Practice Realtor Safety Year-Round
“Knowledge. Awareness. Empowerment. These are the core components of Realtor Safety,” according to the National Association of Realtors. Because a significant part of being an agent involves attracting and meeting with strangers, at least initially, real estate professionals are more vulnerable to criminals than those in many other professions.
Tragically, that was the case with Arkansas real estate agent Beverly Carter, was slain in a botched kidnapping by people posing as real estate customers in September of 2014 – during NAR’s REALTOR Safety Month.
As a REALTOR®, it’s important you have a personal safety protocol in place that you use every day with every client, like when meeting new clients, showing properties or sharing information online. There are a variety of tools you can add to your personal safety protocol, such as smartphone apps and other safety products. One tool currently available to NorthstarMLS subscribers is the Safety Timer in the Homesnap app.
NAR’s 2017 Member Safety Report
Thirty percent of Realtors said they didn’t know if their brokerage had safety procedures, while 26 percent said there weren’t any guidelines at all. Meanwhile, less than half (44 percent) of respondents knew their brokerage’s safety guidelines, according to NAR’s recent Member Safety Report.
Sixty-two percent of respondents said they didn’t “experience a situation that made them fear for their personal safety or safety of their personal information.” On the other hand, 38 percent of respondents said they experienced a scary situation while visiting vacant or model homes, checking out unlocked and unsecured properties or going to remote areas.
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Check out this podcast with NAR’s (and former Edina Realty agent) Nobu Hata, who chat’s with real estate agent Carl Carter (Beverly Carter’s son) about ways agents can stay safe and also about a foundation that’s been created to promote agent safety.