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Monday, October 3, 2011

Safety Tips for Realtors

The following are safety tips for real estate agents during open houses and property showings:

  • Before showing a property have the client come to your office and provide you with their information. Never meet a new client for the first time at a vacant property.

  • If possible keep at least one other person with you at all times.

  • Always let someone know where you are going and how long you plan on being there. Check in often.

  • Be sure your cell phone is charged and emergency numbers are programmed.

  • Show properties and hold open houses before dark whenever possible.

  • Inform neighbors you are showing the property. They can serve as a lookout for suspicious activity.

  • Drive separately to showings.

  • Never park your car where it can be blocked in.

  • Upon entering a home determine evacuation routes in the case of an emergency.

  • When hosting an open house have all visitors sign in. Allow visitors to access the property through one door- making sure to keep side, rear, and garage doors locked.

  • Always walk behind prospective clients.

  • Come up with a fake scenario that allows you leave the property quickly in the event you feel uncomfortable. For example," I need to take this call." And exit.

It is important to always be cautious and trust your instincts!