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September Education Newsletter | REALTOR® Safety Month

There are many safety issues currently that REALTORS® have to consider and there are many precautions.  Here is a snapshot and what all REALTORS® should know and follow for your clients’ and yours safety.

Safety on the Job

  • Get to know your clients
  • Always conduct the first meeting at the office where others can see you and your clients
  • Ask questions about your clients and listen carefully to their answers
  • Trust your instincts. If you are uncomfortable with their answers then meet again with another agent or affiant if available.
  • Use common sense with how you dress as not to give the wrong impression.
  • Limit the documents or personal information that is on your marketing advertisements

Safety at Open Houses

  • Always let someone know, whether at home and/or the office, when you are showing or working with a client.
  • Ask your sellers to put their valuables safely out of view for showings.
  • Develop an action plan.
  • When guests arrive be cautions of your surroundings. Let the guests see the home, while you safely conduct the showing from behind the clients.  Always be at a door way so you can exit at any time.
  • Have your cell phone and any keys with you for immediate exit.

Safety on the Computer

  • Take steps to defend your computer from viruses and hackers
  • Never respond to emails that want your personnel information.
  • Only shop on secure websites.

Bottom line on REALTOR® Safety

  • If you can, attend a self-defensive class
  • Always check your surroundings when you reach your destination.  Go to the neighbors and let them know that you will holding the open house.
  • Keep an emergency kit in your car.
  • Avoid walking alone
  • Carefully consider your “flight or fight” situations.
  • Always carry your cell and keep it charged, along with your keys.
  • Never give your personal information to strangers
  • Create a distress code so any one will know you are in danger.
  • Always look at your surrounding when you are arriving or leaving your car.

For more information on safety, go to the CAR website REALTOR® Safety.

Prepared by Cindi Shutt

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