How Can You Protect Yourself on the Job?

Realtor safety is important to me, so here are a few tips to help you keep yourself safe on the job.

Realtor safety is a very important topic to me. Our office teaches Realtor safety classes from time to time, but here are a few safety pointers you should remember when working with a client.

First, be aware of your surroundings. For our agents, we recommend they meet their clients in our office first. If the client doesn’t want to meet in the office, the second-best place is a public location like a coffee shop or a restaurant. If our agents don’t feel comfortable with that person, we advise them to ask for some form of ID so we can take it to someone on our admin staff who can photocopy it.

If you’ve never met a person before, you don’t know what their motives or intentions are. We like to hope everyone’s intentions are honest and good, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. Always ask a lot of questions before you meet a client, and remember that it’s never a good idea to meet a client at a vacant property or meet at a property at night.

Ask a lot of questions before you meet with a client.
When showing a property, you want to meet your client at the property. Most safety experts recommend that you drive two different cars. There are some benefits to sharing the same car if you know the person, but if you don’t, you should follow them from your office to the property in separate cars. Make sure you’re aware of your situation before you get out of your car, especially if your client gets to the house before you do and you haven’t met them yet.

When you list a home and you’ve never met the client before—perhaps they called you off the Internet or you were referred to them by someone you don’t know either—be careful. Once you get to the house and it’s time to do your walkthrough, don’t put yourself in certain situations like walking first down a basement stairway. Make sure the homeowner is always leading the way and you’re just following. You always want to have an escape point in the house.

There are many neat apps and security devices you can get that will allow you to notify a loved one or law enforcement if you feel like you’re in danger. You can also consider getting a taser, or if you prefer to carry a firearm, you can get a concealed carry permit.

If you have any questions about Realtor safety, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’d be happy to share the information that I’ve received with you or invite you to our next Realtor safety class. I look forward to hearing from you.