One common concern among real estate agents is safety, which makes sense considering that they are visiting private homes and meeting up with potential clients. New safety measures and protocol are put into place each year in an effort to address the safety of real estate professionals. In fact, about 40 percent of real estate agents in one survey claimed they felt unsafe on the job at some point. This guide will encourage you with different tips to stay safe while you work.
Meet Prospective Buyers in Public Places
In addition to meeting in a public space, real estate agents also check their client’s identification and even take photos of ID cards. It is also smart to meet before dark. If you must meet after dark, keep lights on and windows open. Meeting at the office ahead of time is preferable for many agents.
Show Houses with Care
One of the first steps to showing houses is to arrive at your destination. Many real estate agents like to transport potential buyers, but others argue against it. Many will argue that the safest choice is to drive to the property separately.
Some real estate agents insist that their clients and potential clients walk in front of them. Instead of leading, you can direct potential buyers where to go to see the desired room.
Finally, there is also the option of utilizing the “buddy system,” even as a real estate agent. You can have a fellow agent or friend attend an open house or showing just to ensure that you are not alone.
Protect Sellers Too
Before hosting an open house or showing off a house for sale, inform sellers that they should keep mail, bills, and other identifying information out of sight. It’s also wise to lock up electronics and other expensive items before showing a house.
After an open house, make sure to walk into each room and check that every person has left. If you somebody does not seem to be leaving, you are safer calling for law enforcement rather than getting involved in a physical altercation.
Avoid Using the Word “Vacant”
Your listings may draw unwanted attention if you advertise a house as being “vacant” or “empty.” Squatters look for advertisements like these. If you do enter a vacant home, it is important to pay close attention for signs of squatters or former foreclosed homeowners. Check for shattered windows and kicked doors outside the perimeter. The key is to call law enforcement if you spot the signs rather than to enter the house.
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