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September marks the National Association of REALTORS® annual REALTOR® Safety Month, dedicated to safety awareness while on the job for real estate professionals nationwide. According to the latest NAR Member Safety Report, 62% have personal safety protocols in place that they follow with every client. This is more likely among females (67%) than among males (55%). 

Take time this month to consider how safe—or unsafe—you are as a real estate professional during the course of a typical day. Knowledge, awareness and empowerment are important in remaining prepared and safe during this month and every month.

For more tips, plus articles, videos, archived webinars, and more visit REALTOR.org/Safety. The REALTOR® Safety Network from NAR makes it easy for members to alert colleagues of imminent safety threats they've encountered by submitting an incident report online.

Check out the short video below from NAR for some good safety tips!

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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. Want More Info? 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.
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