Working in real estate can be fun and lucrative — but also, in some cases, risky. The sad reality of dealing with lots of people is that you never know when you’re going to be in a situation that’s less than safe. That’s why, as an agent, you need basic real estate agent safety habits that can empower you wherever you go. From meeting new clients in public places to carrying on-the-go safety devices, here are a few Realtor safety practices worth implementing — whether you’re showing houses, landing listings or meeting prospects in places that are new to you.
- Start with your marketing. Don’t unknowingly set yourself up as a target online by displaying photos of yourself wearing expensive items, posting your home address, giving your home phone number and/or exposing any other potential vulnerability. Should someone have questionable motives for reaching out to an agent, you don’t want to be an easy choice.
- Make first meetings public. The first time you meet a potential client, don’t go to his or her home — and don’t invite prospects to your home. Meet somewhere public — whether that’s a coffee shop, restaurant or busy park. You want there to be other people around to help ensure you’re comfortable and safe.
- When in doubt, bring reinforcements. If you sense an unsafe situation, trust your instincts. There’s no shame in bringing a co-worker, friend or spouse along with you to a showing. Having another person at your meeting can be just the precaution you need to stay protected.
- Be cautious in vacant or confined spaces. Showing a vacant property? Go during the day. Inspect the exterior beforehand. If you find a squatter or animal inside, call the police or animal control. Showing a house solo? Avoid entering confined areas such as the basement or attic with your buyers. Instead, welcome them inside, and invite them to explore the home by themselves.
- Arm yourself with safety devices. As added insurance that you’re equipped with protection in the case of danger, carry safety devices with you. Look into devices such as stun guns for personal safety, tools that give you a way to resist attack. Likewise, because it’s not only people who pose danger to agents, you might want to carry dog spray. If an unchained animal goes to attack you, you’ll have a way to protect yourself.
Set yourself up for success and safety in real estate by following the five cautions above. Through a few simple real estate agent safety practices, you can have the peace of mind to move forward with promoting your business and selling homes — without having to worry about your safety in the process.
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