Real Estate agents often face more on-the-job risks than many other business professionals, due to frequent contact with unfamiliar people in isolated locations. Safety education and preparedness can literally mean the difference between life and death for REALTORS®.
A recent survey by the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (NAR) showed that more than half of all respondents reported that they had experienced safety concerns, incidents or harassing situations on the job. Personal safety on the job, including working in the office, at open houses and property showings, client meetings and traveling to appointments, should be a constant priority for every REALTOR®.
- Always keep a mobile phone at your side; program emergency numbers into speed dial.
- Meet all new clients at your office; verify their identity.
- Whenever possible, avoid being at the office alone.
- Take a personal safety course.
- Install deadbolts with full one-inch bolts on all entry doors to your home; install a deadbolt lock inside the door to you home office.
- Even with a regular telephone in your home office, keep a fully charged mobile phone with you at all times.
- Make sure you know your route to and from each property you visit.
- When you’re alone getting into your car, the first thing you should do is lock the doors.
Visit NAR’s REALTOR® Safety Page for additional safety resources that include: videos, webinars, handouts, office forms, tips, and much more!