September is REALTORS Safety Month.
REALTORS work with an element of the unknown. The unknown of meeting with strangers in unfamiliar territories. While these elements don’t often combine to form an unfortunate situation, we advise REALTORS to be prepared. This September we’ll present you tips and advice for REALTORS safety that should be taken into consideration all year-round.
Safety Tips for REALTORS
- Ask your client for work, phone and cell phone numbers and a physical address. Try to verify the information by calling the client at one or more numbers.
- Carry a cell phone in your pocket and program it to dial 911 at the touch of a button.
- Do not meet unknown clients at a property.
- Give someone in your office an itinerary of properties you plan to show.
- Never get into a car with someone you don’t know. Use your vehicle for showings or ask your client to follow you in another car.
- Never work at a public open house by yourself.
- Do not show vacant properties by yourself unless you know your client.
- Carry pepper spray or mace in your pocket, but be sure to get the type that can be aimed at a specific target (some are general and might affect you as much as they do your attacker).
- Let your client enter a room while you stay by the door.
- Pay attention to exits.
A majority of the time, you will be perfectly safe in your role as a REALTOR. Learn to trust your instincts and lean on the side of caution. If you ever feel uncomfortable, request an associate to accompany you on showings.
The Minnesota Association of REALTORS® is the largest professional trade association in the state with more than 17,000 members who are active in all aspects of the real estate industry.